Topic

urban farming

7 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer, Tony Hershman

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.

The Ron Finley Project
72,728 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Eric Marlatt, Mike Ferry

Reject Micah Posner's Duplex

Dear City of Santa Cruz Planning and Zoning Departments; Juliana Rebagliati, Eric Marlatt, and Mike Ferry; I do not approve of Micah Posner building a duplex at his 732 Riverside Ave. property for the following reasons: Removing a bathroom from his house to put it in a 264 foot studio addition does not make good use of this property. This lot is zoned for multiple units, and IF he is allowed by his co-owners to build, I think Micah should build something with either more units, or higher density in the same space. This unit also takes up the 3 tandem parking spaces in the driveway, potentially preventing the co-owners from maximizing future development of all 6 units. This property is a tenancy-in-common (TIC) co-owned by Debora and Karsten Wade. They do not approve of this unit.  Micah has not consulted with the lawyer who wrote the contract to clarify that he is NOT allowed to build this unit under the TIC clause called "discretionary work", which is minor work but still requires approval from all owners. I think since his co-owners are in dispute over this, and are soon scheduling arbitration to decide this very issue, the fact that Micah submitted this for planning and zoning approval without their knowledge is premature.  He should first consult the lawyer who wrote his contract for clarity rather than ignoring the rights and wishes of his co-owners. He should then wait until arbitration rules whether he is allowed to build this unit, before submitting it to Planning without his co-owners knowledge or consent. Micah Posner hid from the City his illegal ADU. He made over $60,000 on the 7 years he rented this before being caught. He lied on his Statement of Economic Interest Forms, which is perjury.  He even lied to the Planning inspectors AFTER BEING CAUGHT when they came to red-tag his ADU, since he knowingly had an unpermitted patio cover and hid it from the City so he would not have to pay the fees to permit it. He hid this from City Council while he was publicly apologizing. He defrauded the Wades to get them to invest in this property with their goal to keep it a single family house, knowing he wanted to build multiple units the whole time.  Micah has had very little consequence in his actions, and has gotten away with making a huge profit off of an illegal rental, all the while voting on rules that required property owners to pay their permit fees and fines. Is there no consequence for an elected official when they so flagrantly violate City laws, and even when caught and censured, do it again? And submitting this without the co-owners knowledge or permission when they are set to arbitrate on this issue shows a continued lack of ethics. Fairytale Farm is a rich contribution to the Santa Cruz community. The Wades share their 1/3 of this lot with the public by hosting free garden events, teaching urban homesteading to UCSC interns and the public, and have had numerous free events sharing seeds and inviting children and families to run around and learn from the garden. Debora has helped plant the Riverside Gardens Public Orchard as well as the expansion to Mike Fox Skate Park, and helped put a mosaic on the Barson Street Stairs and get Public Works to build an ADU ramp there with new landscaping. She is a huge community asset to Lower Ocean and has lived here for over 15 years. She has now taught urban farming and community involvement to 18 UCSC student interns, who are spreading these lessons far and wide. This unit will disturb the peace of the garden in moving living space into the 1/3rd buffer between the existing house and the urban farm, and by having windows and doors looking directly out into the Wades’ garden. This addition gives no money or other value to the Wades, but merely ruins their quality of life forever. They told Micah Posner when they bought the property together that they never intended to sell, so they get no value from this added unit, just their heirs.  Instead, this unit will harm their quality of life. Debora is disabled from severe Crohn's disease and depends on this farm for safe food, and is expected to become permanently disabled, unable to drive or walk in the future. This Farm was expressly bought and built to maintain a safe quality of life for her, which Micah Posner was aware of the entire time. Fairytale Farm is an important asset to the community and should be cherished, not impacted by this unit built by a corrupt City official who has had very little consequences for his actions. In summary, I don't think you should approve of this unit. I actually don't think Micah Posner should be allowed to build a duplex at all after repeatedly violating the laws regarding this very issue.

Debora Wade
134 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Belmont Goats

Bring Belmont Goats to Mill Park!

Bring Belmont (Lents) Goats to Mill Park!    - clean up dangerous eyesore - provide real animal experience for low-income East Portland kids - provide tourist attraction, much-needed foot traffic for local businesses               The Goats: The Belmont Goats (Chester, Lefty, Carl, Phil, Bailey, Duchess, Dusty, Hickory, Bambi, Cooper, Clover, Precious, Atho, and Winter [and their pet chicken]) are Portland's non-profit resident goat herd. After two years at their home in Buckman, and two years at their home in Lents, their lease is expiring in June of 2017, due to development. These goats are looking for a new home, and we believe the vacant land owned by the David Douglas School District, abutting upper Floyd Light Park, would be perfect!   The Spot:(here's a map: http://imgur.com/a/hbngj )(here's a larger map: http://imgur.com/a/8Zglh ) This lot does not have an address, and is owned by David Douglas School District. It is 1.62 acres (well larger than the required space for this number of goats) and is heavily forested. It is zoned "open space" and recently, the Bureau of Development Services determined that the goats fall under the "land used for open grazing that is not part of a farm or ranch" usage of "open space" so zoning should not be a concern. It is currently in total disuse. This lot is the frequent site of crimes, homeless camps, and sometimes even fights and fires, due to large amounts of underbrush. It is unmaintained and presents an easy place for students of Floyd Light Middle School to hide while cutting class, thereby encouraging truancy. It is partially fenced, but would need repairs. It is full of trash left behind from various visitors, and it is a dangerous eyesore in our community. It makes upper Floyd Light Park feel unsafe and dangerous. Because of conservation restrictions, this plot of land cannot be developed, and is essentially useless to everyone. Except goats!               The neighbors: The lots adjoining this lot house Floyd Light Middle School, upper Floyd Light Park run by Portland Parks & Rec, the East Portland Community Center, and a long-empty lot slated for unknown future development. Each of these institutions would benefit greatly from the addition of a beloved urban goat herd.   Benefits: The urban goats of Portland are loved by everyone, and draw visitors from all over the world. They are totally tame and love being visited by neighbors. They would require no upkeep or maintenance from the neighborhood, and are almost totally self-sufficient. Floyd Light Park already houses an urban community garden, as well as a newly-planted community orchard, so urban community goats would fit right in. They already have caretakers, who do an amazing job controlling any smell or pest issues. You can visit them at their current home in Lents and see for yourself- their space is neat, clean, and extremely pleasant to visit. The goats have brought large amounts of foot traffic to the businesses surrounding them in Lents, in particular the Farmer's Market- just think of what a boon they would be to the East Portland Community Center, particularly during their annual Wild West celebration, which already features farm animals! In addition, historically this lot was used by both the community center and the middle school for nature education programs for children of all ages, but these programs were discontinued due to safety concerns, especially regarding the homeless camps. Think of the advantage that urban goats could bring to early childhood education in our neighborhood! Many of our children in oft-neglected East Portland are sorely lacking any real, hands-on experience with nature, and are disconnected from their food supply, which studies show leads to poor nutrition and obesity later in life. Between the goats, the community garden and the orchard, we could have a very strong beginning for a Mill Park educational natural area, and that's something any neighborhood would be proud of.   What are some potential problems? The goats require water access, which is something we would need to discuss with the water bureau. However, there is a city water pump shed on the adjacent lot, and it's very possible we could just run a hose over to them. The goats require internet access for their very-popular "goat cam" but the neighbors on Salmon Street are more than willing to let the goats have their wifi password. The goats were hoping to be more centrally located, to provide access for more people, but we believe the location directly next to the East Portland Community Center might go a long ways towards convincing them to consider living East of the 205. The East Portland Community Center is open 7 days a week and provides services for a wide variety of East Portland residents, including the Cherry Blossom senior program, Meals on Wheels, a vegetable garden, hundreds of classes, including in music and languages, an aquatic center with three bodies of water, camps for children and teens during the summer, parades, festivals, and, because of it's bi-lingual staff, services in English, Spanish, Russian, and Ukranian. The population served by the community center is staggeringly diverse, and encompasses many racial and ethnic minorities, refugee populations, and many low-income households. That kind of outreach and visibility for the goats, across such a wide swath of populations, would be hard to find anywhere else in the city. Their presence at the community center would be a great fit, for both the community center and the goats.   Who's on board (so far) : We have unofficial support from the East Portland Community Center and Floyd Light Middle School, the chair of the Mill Park Neighborhood Association, as well as many neighbors, but we cannot have official support from these entities without showing them that the community is behind this idea. Once we have their support, we can make a pitch to the goat's caretakers (due before the end of December!) who will talk to the David Douglas School District about our idea. We will also show our petition and letters of support to the school district, to encourage their participation. We would also need to talk to the city water bureau to get permission to run a hose from the pump shed adjacent to the middle school track, up the hill to provide water for the goats. Please sign our petition! This will show that you, a Mill Park resident and/or friend of goats, are in favor of bringing the Belmont goats to Mill Park, along with all the tourism and educational opportunities they provide, and in favor of turning a dangerous, dirty vacant lot into something our residents can enjoy for years to come. Please show your support by signing this petition! Chester, Lefty, Carl, Phil, Bailey, Duchess, Dusty, Hickory, Bambi, Cooper, Clover, Precious, Atho, and Winter say thank you, thank you, thank you!   What else can I do to help? The lot currently has sound fencing surrounding only about 50% of the perimeter, and so we would need volunteers to help build new fencing, and possibly donations of fencing material, as well as donations of housing material, although they currently have a very nice little house which is probably portable. Are you a local business owner who is interested in donating things like timber, chain-link fence, tarps, hay bales, etc, to this project? Please sign up for updates through our online petition. Imagine the free advertising: "Housing for Belmont/Mill Park Goats provided by (your business name here)" This is, in particular, a great opportunity for construction firms, as well as housing-oriented or construction-oriented non-profits. Are you a neighbor who is interested in volunteering your time and skills to a weekend work party to help install the goats new home? Please sign up for updates through our petition, and we'll keep you posted about our progress, and any opportunities. This would also be a great opportunity for local church groups, scout troops, after-school organizations, community-building non-profits, etc.       You can learn more about the Community Center here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/473895 You can learn more about the lot itself here: https://www.portlandmaps.com/detail/property/SE-SALMON-ST/R561851_did/ You can learn more about the goats here: http://thebelmontgoats.org/ You can learn more about their housing requirements here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx8o8DRhzznCcWlhbWxrNGJDUzg/view                  

Elizabeth Schulte
141 supporters