Petition to Oneonta Common Council, Gary Herzig, Melissa Nicosia, David Rissberger, Michelle Osterhoudt, Dana Marie Levinson, Russ Southard, John Rafter, Joseph Ficano
Legalize beekeeping in the City of Oneonta, NY
Oneonta, NY is one of a very small number of municipalities (Ithaca and Geneva) in New York State that outright bans beekeeping within city limits. With a rising popularity in backyard beekeeping at a time when pollinators are under threat from disease and habitat loss, now is more important than ever to enable citizens to do their part to encourage local pollinator populations, which benefit home gardeners as well as small farms within a 5-mile radius of a hive. A common sense amendment to City Code § 68-1 to allow beekeeping within the city is a reasonable provision for a rural urban center in the middle of the farming communities of Central NY, in the Northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains.A recent 2015 amendment to the same provision allowing keeping of chickens passed after much debate, and a 1-year sunset provision has been removed in 2017, as no issues have arisen from allowing the practice in the city. The same logical conclusion can be applied to the practice of beekeeping. In 2010, the City of New York legalized beekeeping with great success. In NYC there is no fee to register as a beekeeper and there are no limits on the number of hives permitted. An annual form from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene gathers basic information and requires registering the hives with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets via the Honey Bee Health Information Form.If New York City can safely and smartly allow beekeeping in one of the largest cities in the world, there is no reason why beekeeping should be prohibited in Oneonta, or anywhere else.
Petition to The city of St. George
St. George community garden needs to stay where it currently resides
I am a member of the community garden located by the new all abilities park in St. George, Utah. Today I received an email stating that in 2018 the city is going to put a parking lot in where the garden currently resides.This is city land, but shouldn't the people have a say on where their tax paying money goes? The community garden has been around since 2010. The community garden has about 50 plots. People pay a fee for one year for their plot and it comes with AWESOME soil and water. There are 4 plots that are dedicated to helping the city and all the produce that comes from those plots goes to the local soup kitchen. Over 1,400 lbs of fresh produce is donated each year. As well as this resource helping the community it also helps educate all age groups on gardening in St. George. It helps people understand they can garden year round here in St. George. The garden teaches kids the importance of hard work, and where produce comes from. Many of the members of the community garden live within HOA's that do not allow personal gardening. Some folks simply do not have room in their yard for a garden. Me along with a few other people share plots with family members and share the fresh produce with family. I hope you can see how unsettling this issue is. I go to the the garden a few times a week to water I have seen a decrease in park attendance. Every time I go there there are plenty of parking spots. Not to mention there is a big parking lot to the North of the tennis courts, that is a lot of the time empty. The community garden is a refuge for many struggling with mental illness, death of a loved one, infertility, etc; Something about digging in the dirt and putting hard work and sweat into something and seeing the beautiful fruits of our labors is very therapeutic.... and delicious! Its a beautiful place with great soil that has been worked on for 8 years. It would be a shame to plow it all down and replace it with an asphalt parking lot. Please sign this petition and say no to pavement, and yes to the community garden!
Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer (Founder & President Strategic Acquisitions Inc), Tony Hershman (Chief Operating Officer Strategic Acquisitions Inc)
DO NOT ALLOW STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS INC TO DESTROY THE RON FINLEY PROJECT’S GANGSTA GARDEN
Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.
Petition to City of Zion and YOU!
Help Make the Beautiful Zinnia the Official City Flower to Beautify Zion, IL!
These stunning Zinnias COULD be the Zion Flower! Sign the Petition NOW to help make it happen! Zinnias come in nearly every size and every color, a representation of the diversity in our community. Join the efforts to spread joy by making the Zinnia the Zion flower. Commit to planting Zinnias in your yard each summer to color our community! YES! I would like to have the City of Zion officially make the Zinnia the Zion Flower!