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Add Food Security Policy to the SLP Comprehensive Plan for Resilient Health Equity

SLP Community Food Task Force Resolution (DRAFT PROPOSAL) Food Security at the intersection of Equity, Resiliency and Sustainability Be it resolved that the SLP Community Food Security Task Force requests that the topic of Food Security be addressed in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. Be it further resolved that elected officials establish a directive akin to the "Healthy and Sustainable Food for San Francisco" Executive Directive. SLP must commit to doing all they can to improve the economic viability of food access, production and distribution in the city and school district and to increase access to and affordability of healthy food in all our neighborhoods.  We must work to address barriers facing those who are Food Insecure in the 10-year Comprehensive Plan to eliminate hunger in St. Louis Park.  Economic development in production and distribution of sustainable, local food access will raise health equity in our city.  Our local elected officials must consider the impacts to the local food system when making decisions regarding city operations, growth management, transportation, energy, water and air quality, and economic development. Submitted by: Health in the Park Better Eating Champions: Sharon Lehrman and Lynda Enright (SNAC Member) ESC Commission (by unanimous vote), SLP SEEDS Board, Advisory Board and Interns (by unanimous vote), Park Nicollet Food Security Team, Allyson Hayward and Kelly Kramer, and Over six hundred community members, including many physicians, nutritionists, teachers and those who are or have been Food Insecure- (see petition turned in to Council, April of 2017.) SLP Vision 3.0 Values: Equity and Inclusion- Unheard voices not participating in city Vision 3.0 process, many of whom suffer Food Insecurity, deserve access to safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable food as a basic human right essential to both human health and ecological sustainability. Social Connections- Food is a natural way to gather people, from cultivation to dining. Housing- Affordability and Character- Many who suffer Food Insecurity must make a choice to pay for housing, medical needs or food. Shelter in Minnesota is essential. Food and medicine are essential but often must be forgone in order to have shelter. Transit and Mobility- Access to healthful, safe food is easy for those who have the choice and/or ability to drive or bike. Access to healthful, safe food is challenging for those who do not have this choice or ability. Care and Enjoyment of the Natural Environment- When hunger disrupts one's day (at any age), care and enjoyment of the natural environment are above the means of those who suffer food insecurity. Learning environmental education through the path of growing food skills from "soil to table" supplies healthful, safe and fresh food and the skills to utilize it. Studies show environmental education helps to close the achievement gap in schools. SLP Vision 3.0 Chosen Trends: Declining Federal Gov't Effectiveness- Assistance programs have been and may be even more severely challenged in the current administration. One in four of those qualified for assistance do not take it, often due to fear of government interference in their private lives.  Potential major cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will greatly affect our most vulnerable children, families and seniors. Elder Expense- A climbing number of elders are in need of assistance due to lack of good nutrition, causing disease seen in Emergency Response calls, especially at the end of the month when money runs out for food. Climate Change- Agriculture is the number one cause of Climate Change and the most difficult to assess and remediate. Urban agriculture provides strategies to cool the planet while feeding the world. Starting in our backyard and public green spaces, both can be addressed. Our focus is climate change and how food is a cause, victim and solution. The Changing Middle Class- While automation technology changes the landscape of middle class jobs, providing green job training in purposeful work supports our changing middle class. The "Green Jobs Industry" will grow exponentially in the coming decade, whether growing local food, implementing alternative energies or working to remediate and clean our land and water. Purposeful work, nutritious food and making the world a better place will help reduce the 1.6 billion dollars and work hours lost due to food-related chronic health challenges facing our society. SLP Vision 3.0 Recommendations: Develop Creative Housing Solutions- Affordable housing must include the ability to eat healthfully. New housing should include communal garden space for residents. Develop Future-Focused Transit and Mobility Solutions- Access to healthful food options should be at least as important as access to green space. Continue to Lead in Environmental Stewardship and Ensure Access to Green Space for Future Generations-Changes we must make in our policy, in our practices of food waste, meat consumption, etc. will guide our language throughout the decade. Prepare our Next Generation-Green jobs industry will grow exponentially in the coming decade, whether growing local food, implementing alternative energies or working to remediate and clean our land and water. We need to prepare our youth for this work. Many youth are opting out of college and its expenses to go directly into work that supports their beliefs. Youth today say it's time to make changes that cool the planet and feed the world. It doesn't matter who started it, they want to implement solutions to end climate change and hunger. Strengthening the future of food relies heavily on the next generation! Commit to Being a Leader in Racial Equity and Inclusion- Food insecurity is highest amongst non-white children and families. Supporting those families to have garden plot, learn skills from soil to table and back again, and raising the quality of their health by including them in surveys, offering free classes and opportunities to improve their access to healthful, safe fresh food will lead SLP into a leadership role for other cities to emulate. Whereas the City of St Louis Park is currently nearing completion of the process of its Comprehensive Plan, which is updated every ten years, and the Met Council is advising that Health Equity and Resiliency are added to cities' Comprehensive Plans, and Whereas the #2 NATIONAL Trend of City Comprehensive Planning under Resources is Food Security, and Whereas community input from at least four Vision 3.0 gatherings conducted as trained by the Vision 3.0 consultant regarding food security is missing from the Vision 3.0 report, and Whereas Councilman Brausen has advised SLP SEEDS that the preliminary City’s Comprehensive Plan due to be finished in its writing thereof by April-2018 does not include Food Insecurity in its Health section, Whereas at the SLP DFL Caucus this month, both a MN Food Resolution, and a Resolution to 46A representatives to advise City of SLP to add the topic of Food Insecurity in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan were passed in various precincts, and, Whereas verbiage in the SLP Vision 3.0 doesn't include food, but each value, trend and recommendation can be applied to Food Security (see above for Values, Trends and Recommendations in regard to food security), and One in ten Minnesotans experience food insecurity. [1]  13.8% of children in Minnesota are food insecure. [2]  About 10% of Minnesotans (12.7% of children) were in poverty in 2016. [3]  Whereas a study from Park Nicollet on their clients who chose to take the survey found Food Insecurity for the segment answering from SLP is one in four. [4] Park Nicollet acknowledges there are others who chose not to participate.  Park Nicollet's Food Security Team believes the number is higher than 1:4.  Whereas a study from [5] on the percentage of childhood food insecurity in MN is 13.8%. states of those who are eligible for SNAP benefits in Minnesota, 12% that are eligible do not receive or take benefits. This means 5 out of 6 kids who rely on free or reduced-price school meals aren’t getting free meals in the summer. There are 185 days where Out of School Food Service is either not available or has low accessibility for children who are Food Insecure. Only 16.4% of those on free or reduced lunches during the school year participate in Summer Food Service (mainly due to inability to arrive at locations serving food.)  Hopkins has a Food Truck that brings food to the affordable housing complexes to reach a higher number of children's food needs not being met out of school.  Whereas over 3,000,000 visits were made to Minnesota food shelves each year, 2011-2016, and visits in 2017 were on pace to likely meet or exceed this number.[6] Whereas STEP Emergency Food Shelf Survey Facts (146 respondents of approximately 3400 served) [7]: AFTER coming to STEP, 14% said they [still] occasionally go hungry, and another 9% said they [still] sometimes go hungry once or twice a month. Of STEP’s clientele, STEP is the only source of food for 8% of their clients 61% of total survey respondents indicated they have specific health related dietary need. STEP gave St. Louis Park residents approximately 600,000 lbs of food to those in need in 2017.  Over 340,000 Minnesotans already face income, distance and transportation barriers to healthy, affordable foods.[8]  MN # of households: 2,194,000 (low security) 9.7% (very low security) 3.6 % [9] SLP School District has several large sectors with over 50% of the children eligible to receive free meals [10]  The number of food insecure seniors and seniors utilizing food shelfs continues to increase. [11]  A lack of access to affordable, healthy foods is a contributing factor to the fact that Minnesota has some of the worst health disparities in the country.[12] Minnesota’s charitable food system (food shelves and food banks, meal programs, etc.) is running at capacity. Supporting government programs like SNAP (“food stamps”) and creating a more just and equitable food system are integral parts of meeting the need of food insecure households and working toward ending hunger.  Whereas URBAN ARGRICULTURE helps cool the planet and feed the world, directly affecting Climate Change Urban Agriculture also raises health, economics, community engagement and connection to nature. There are huge obstacles facing new [urban] farmers including access to capital and land. [13] We ask the City Council and Mayor to include Food Security Policy in the upcoming 10-year Comprehensive Plan. "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" ~Audrey Hepburn “By providing a model for healthy food access, affordability & education, economic prosperity and community development will THRIVE!” ~Nancy Jacobs - President/Co-Founder Sundance Family Foundation

SLP Community Food Security Task Force
146 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Detroit Parks & Recreation, Detroit - District 3 Residents


Liberated Farms has been established in Hunt Park (District 3, Detroit) since April 2016. Prior to our urban agricultural efforts the park and surrounded area were grossly neglected for over a decade, as the city was unable to maintain this park with funding cuts. We took the initiative to clean & beautify the area as well as engage the neighbors to help us do the same.  In two years we have hosted multiple clean up efforts, book bag giveaways, free agricultural workshops to the youth of Detroit, Michigan and boarded up multiple homes with the assistance of Erin Harris, District Manager. Now the farm risks being shut down.  Liberated Farms is a community outreach effort created by a third generation member of the community. As a resident whose family is well known in the community, he has fond memories of Hunt Park, growing up and watching his family maintain the land for the children to have a safe place to play and watching its fall from grace has been heartbreaking. After leaving prison his passion became empowering the people through agricultural and youth development and he vowed then and there, starting with this park and work outwards, to clean up his neighborhood and reopen Hunt Park.  This neighborhood is one of the many poverty stricken neighborhoods of Detroit, MI labeled as a "food desert" according to the Detroit Food Metrics Report, which also states that...      **30,000 people do not have access to a full-line grocer / 48 percent of households are food insecure / 19 percent of Detroit children are enrolled in WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) meaning 1 in 5 children are fed through the government assistance program / 48 percent of WIC stores are liquor stores SIGN THIS PETITION AND HELP US CONTINUE EFFORTS TO BRING FOOD SECURITY TO DISTRICT THREE! SIGN THIS PETITION AND HELP US SAVE LIBERATED FARMS! REFERENCE: (  

Liberated Farms
348 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Minister Gitterson Ministry of VROMI St Maarten

Stop the Demolition of The St Maarten Agricultural Research and Development Center

Bless day everyone, My Name is Denicio Wyatte, President of the ECO St Maarten Agricultural Research and Development Foundation. I am currently being faced with the demolition and evection of the land and structures that house the St Maarten Agricultural Research and Development Center. I am currently seeking your effort and help towards gathering enough signatures to be presented to the current Minister of VROMI Mr Gitterson to stop the demolition, evection or relocation of the Agricultural Research and Development Center. After the passing of hurricane Irma, St Maarten was left in devastation and our entire facility was damaged and after numerous attempts with ministers, prime ministeres and government advisory boards, and no adequate response to obtain the along lease, a building permit or an exemption by the current ministry of VROMI, I went ahead in the best interest of my community, family  and country to rebuild the Agricultural Research and Development Center more stronger and resilient out of concrete to withstand any future disasters and to ensure the process of safeguarding our food security efforts. Re\building without a permit by law is not permitted and this we do understand, what we don't understand is after the passing of hurricane Irma most people and business experienced extensive damages to their properties and started to do as much as they can towards rebuilding, many have built without permits for the right or wrong reason but non thus far have been demolished or relocated. We would like the minister of VROMI to consider not demolishing or relocating the St Maarten Agricultural Research and Development Center due to the tremendous impact it has not only had on our community, but families, schools,  tourist, economy, society and country over all. Myself, the community and supportive organizations  have invested allot into this project not only monetary, but most importantly time and effort to ensure the next generation may embrace their cultural values and have the same opportunities we may have toward understanding the impact agriculture may bring to society overall.  Reason for wanting to see Agri-Culture become a reality for Country St Maarten  Over the past 5 years as a member of the St Peters Community on the beautiful island of St Maarten, I have embarked on the journey of building community awareness in the direction of Agri-Culture. St Maarten, a small island in the Caribbean recently hit by Hurricane Irma in 2017 is part of the Dutch Kingdom (Holland) practically imports all of its food items. You may find it a bit strange for us to be part of the dutch kingdom, one of the leading food producers in Europe and not producing any food at all. St Maarten is ran by its own national government which dictates the countries way of moving forward. This is not the responsibility of Holland. With less then a hand full of active farmers, the country suffers from having a stable and consistent government, toxic waste management problems, high rising food prices, expired can goods, synthetic grown fruit and vegetables, no resources, land or opportunities set in place for local farmers to start up, expand or execute the art of food production. I started my journey back in 2013 after being inspired by local agriculturalist  and my step father. During this time of my life I was also faced with the challenges of being an epileptic patient which brought many obstacles in my life such as loss of vision,  staying focus and concentrated, massive migraines and weekly seizures. Epilepsy hampered the functionality of my day to day life, also from driving a vehicle and I was not able to get  a driver license. Doing a bit more research into field of Agriculture, Economics and Science, I found out how you may be able to reap amazing health benefit from just understanding how the body reacts to nature blessings, especially naturally organically grown food. In 3 years I was able to cure myself from being an epileptic patient and finally got my driver license at the age of 34. During the course of the years the knowledge I accumulated on Agriculture, Economics and Science helped me to understand more about the economical challenges we also faced as a country and how Agri-Culture may play one of the greatest roles towards revitalizing our economy and cultural values. In 2014 I was granted an opportunity to occupy a piece of land in short term lease by the former minister of VROMI (Land and Infrastructure ) Mr Lake who believed that Agri-Culture should be a reality for St Maarten and encouraged other farmers to get involved. The land lease agreement was given in short term due to the fact the I was not able to obtain all the funds I needed to get all notarial fees etc. in order to process the long lease. I was assured by the Former Minister of VROMI Mr Lake that once I had all fees in place i can re apply for the long lease which he has no objection for granting as he understood that agriculture is a long term sustainable plan. I have tried reapplying several times since then but due to consistent changes in government, I was faced with challenges of the new ministers not being supportive of Agricultural activity for St Maarten. Looking at what was taken plce throughout the Caribbean and being inspired by how many countries started taking their agricultural ventures and transformed it into an ECO experience that added great value to their home land, both for locals and visitor alike, got me more passionate about Agri-Culture. By 2014-2015, I had so much to share, I started a local monthly Cultural News Magazine called ‘’Cultural Xpression’' to help build awareness on the sector. I also started a community garden project Called the ‘’St Peters Community Garden’’ on the land which offered the general public,  schools and tourist an opportunity to come out and learn about the great benefits agriculture has to offer while providing them with a great learning experience, higher quality organic produce free or at lower cost then the average supermarket and a place to getaway from the over crowded developments while being inspired by nature. The project soon took a tremendous spin and has been supported by the members of surrounding communities, supportive organizations such as Print Bernhard Culture Fonds, UNESCO, UNDP, SZV, Spaceless Gardens, Ministry of Health (Dept VSA), St Maarten Tourist Office and the St Maarten Vegan Community. By 2017, we made a transition to becoming St Maarten’s Agricultural Research and Development Center. The Center was able to demonstrate on a small scale what can be possible if magnified for country St Maarten and if taken into consideration by our local government. Over the pass years the center was able to cultivate over 3000+ kilos of food only based on research purposes and socially interacted with more the 2000+ persons. The research was based on establishing sustainable crop types suitable for our climate and environment. This also inspired many locals to start cultivating more on a gradual basis in their own back yard..  The benefits of having and Agricultural Research and Development Center Ensuring food and water security Educational and Recreational programs Employment and Entrepreneurship opportunities Preserving our environment Revitalizing cultural values Funding opportunities for local farmers Waste management towards food sustainability and product development Community development project and programs Hurricane and Recovery awareness building Community outreach programs Increase agricultural production and health awareness Research and Data Collection Healthier organic food at lower costs  Revitalizing our Tourism Economy  Community outreach efforts accomplished between 2014-2018 2013  St Maarten Agriculture Official Website This website was created to build the continuous awareness towards Agriculture and its Sustainability for St Maarten , Project funded by Spaceless Gardens 2013 World Food Day Fair at Emilio Wilson park This project was headed by ERMAF Foundation, which contracted Spaceless Gardens to help execute certain aspects of development, planning and structuring. Project was funded by USONA  2014 Cultural Xpression Newspaper The Monthly Newsletter was established in 2014 to build awareness in the surrounding communities in the direction of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Art, Entertainment, Tourism, Business, and sports all from a global to local perspective. Projected Funded by Spaceless Gardens 2014 Grand Marche Roundabout Beautification Conducted the beautification at the Cul De Sac Roundabout. This project allowed us to employ members from the surrounding community for a period of 6 months. Project funded by SXM Government 2014 Elections Agricultural Email Campaigns Bush Tea There was an Awareness Campaign that was geared towards building campaign awareness for a particular Electoral party member who believed in Agricultural development for St Maarten. Project funded by Civil Society Member 2014 - 2015 - St Maarten Board walk Jazz Festival Spaceless Garden was contract by Grego Tours N.V.  to propose a unique Social \ Human interaction concept surrounding Jazz Music. The result was creating The St Maarten Boardwalk Jazz Festival that attracted over a 1000 people at a time. As the following months progressed, Grego Tours in collaboration with the Princess Julianna International Airport presented St Maarten with the First Annual Aerobatics Show in collaboration with the SXM Boardwalk Jazz Festival that attracted over 6000 people in a single night. - Project funded by Grego Tours, WTN Cable and Princess Julianna Airport 2015 Tzu Chi Foundation Eco Agricultural Learning Pilot Project The Spaceless Gardens was contracted to develop a Community Garden and execute an Agricultural training program for the Tzu Chi Foundation’s Humanitarian Pilot project that involved educating the kids at the school. Project Funded by Tzu Chi Foundation and Cake House Supermarket 2015 - 2016 St Peters Community Garden Currently Spaceless Gardens has been developing a Community Garden in the St Peters area. The project dubbed ‘’The St Peters Community Garden Agricultural Research and Development Center ‘’ is geared towards stimulating new possibilities in the direction of Agriculture and Eco tourism. Thus far with this initiative we were able to accomplish the following: Build Agricultural \ Community Gardening Awareness, Produce healthy organic food, Create part time job opportunities and increase the buying and spending power of the community by allowing them to purchase healthy organic food cheaper than the local supermarkets. Project Funded by Spaceless Gardens 2016 Community Back Yard Gardening program This program is geared to increase the awareness of agriculture and its possibilities here on the island. Its Main focus is to identify people of interest and assist them with setting up a garden in their back yard. Project funded by St Maarten Government (Ministry of VSA) 2016 - 2017 St Peters Community Garden Agricultural Research & Development Center The St Peters Community Garden Research and Development Center was completed in March 2017. The project was a great success and surpassed its projected expectation. The project was geared to be the first Agricultural Station for for St Maarten where members the surrounding communities would have been able to come to collect, seeds, plants, soils, food and vital educational information on the sustainability and benefits of Agriculture for St Maarten. The center was also a place where children, schools, tourist and community members found a place of comfort while receive positive information they may implement into their day to day lives.. Unfortunately after the passing of hurricane Irma our entire facility was destroyed few months after its completion. Project funded by Spaceless gardens, UNESCO, Prince Bernhard Culture Funds, UNDP, Civil Community and Cultural Xpression Supporters 2017 - CX Agricultural Festival \ Community Market Day Feb 2017 \ July 2017 . We were establish a Community Market Day where we were able to build up the social and human interaction amongst our community members. By establishing such an event we were able to identify, enhance, and highlight the skills of the less fortunate member of the community thus granting them a chance to expose their product or services. In the end by establishing a consistent market place, it will empower community members to utilize their skills in community gardening and cultural activities in building self-sustainability and encouraging entrepreneurship through selling items produced from their garden and other cultural artifacts like crafts and cakes etc. This contributes to creating a network of great resources that can be kept in the community to add to the sustainability of the Market Day and its members. Project funded by Spaceless Gardens, UNESCO, Prince Bernhard Culture Funds, UNDP, Civil Community and Cultural Xpression Supporters 2018 - Rebuilding \ Rebranding of St Maarten Agricultural Research and Development Center  The St Peters Community Garden Research and Development Center was completed in March 2017. The project was a great success and surpassed its projected expectation. The pilot project is geared to be the first Agricultural Station  for St Maarten where members the surrounding communities and visitors would be able to come to collect, seeds, plants, soils, enjoy a garden to plate experience and vital educational information on the sustainability and benefits of Agriculture for St Maarten. The center which will be branded as an exclusive eco tourism product will be a place place where children, schools, tourist and community members can find comfort while receiving positive information they may implement into their day to day lives.. Project funded by Spaceless gardens, UNESCO, Prince Bernhard Culture Funds, UNDP, Chefs of St Maarten Vegans, Civil Community and Cultural Xpression Supporters 2018 - Cultural Xpression receives positive recognition from Minister of ECYS Honorable Ms Jorien White in her First COM press briefing Minister of ECYS Jorien Wuite’s First COM Press Briefing Address: ‘’Hurricane Irma has undoubtedly changed not only the physical landscape of our island; it has changed the economic, financial and psycho-social landscape as well. As Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, besides lending my support and focus to the agreements of the governing accord of the Romeo-Marlin cabinet, in these coming weeks and months my priorities will also be on the early and midterm recovery of our nation and the areas that pertain to my ministry in particular.As I received Cultural Xpressions Inspiration for today I would like to share it with you as it says that “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success (fromSwami Sivananda)”. This inspiration reminds us of the contributions of everyone made in the aftermath of Irma’’ - Ms Jorien Wuite Minister of Education , Cultural, Youth and Sports! 2018 - Positive Feed Back Report from UNDP on Skill Enhancement Program Last years Skill Enhancement program   yield positive results and data the Granted Spaceless Garden Great feed back on their review from UNDP. This also proved the (PPP) Public Private Partnerships can not only work but also leads a step towards sustainable long term development goals. (SDG’s) Project funded by Spaceless Gardens, UNESCO, Prince Bernhard Culture Funds, UNDP, Civil Community and Cultural Xpression Supporters We all have to eat every day and all we are asking for a chance to play our role in society and add value to our beautiful island. With government already having so much challenges toward getting the country back on track after hurricane Irma, the more many can do for themselves may lighten burden off government in certain areas. Implementing Agri-Culture and placing it on top of our countries agenda can have a direct impact toward complementing all ministries that govern Country St Maarten and may also add a tremendous amount of funds to help towards the countries budgeting agendas. We or not here to fight against government but more work along side them to ensure a better tomorrow for all residing on beautiful St Maarten.. We hope that they can do the same toward respecting our humanitarian efforts thus far towards our community and country. We are asking government to consider, that we just been hit by a natural disaster and many are still recovering. Demolishing or relocating the agricultural research and development will only be a man made disaster and there is so much more at the present moment to focus on for us all ! The Agricultural Center has been developed by no additional cost to the countries budget, but by supporters like you,  the general public and organization as such mentioned above. Help save St Maarten’s Agricultural Research and Development Center ! Lets safeguard and revitalize culture together for Country St Maarten.. Let's grow and be a part of history together ! Your personal or digital signature is most appreciated toward making this a reality! Please Share ! Thank you and Much Blessings, Wyatte

Denicio Wyatte
1,342 supporters