urban farming

11 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to New Orleans City Council

Growing Green in New Orleans - Amend the New Orleans CZO to Help Urban Farmers

Help New Orleans Grow Greener! Neighborhoods in New Orleans are literally growing greener every day – with urban farms developing on blighted properties, empty side lots and even rooftops. People are interested and excited about urban farming to provide new jobs, more access to fresh food and green spaces in the city. However, in New Orleans, it is difficult for urban farmers to find space for long term use, and recent changes in city code are unintentionally preventing farms from being built and expanding. It should be easy for urban farmers to provide their services to our community, but some local laws stand in the way. Will YOU Support Urban Farms?? Stand up for our farms and farmers by asking your city council representative to amend the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, so we can help farmers provide the goods and services that this city needs! These are some of the benefits urban farms provide us: ·      Public Health – More Access to Healthy Fresh Food o   Millions of Americans and nearly 100,000 New Orleanians struggle to have enough to eat. Urban farms can be a great resource for those who lack access to fresh healthy food. ·      Economy – Generation of Local Revenue o  Urban farms generate job and volunteer opportunities through the creation of small businesses. Farmers sell their locally grown products to their community members, which develops a new cycle of local revenue. As people spend more money locally, this results in economic growth. ·      Environment – Improving Our World: o   The cultivation of more plants in a city could improve air quality by nearly 40 percent. o  Buying local produce can lower the use of fuel to refrigerate and transport food to our city. This also helps us reduce our packaging as the food has a short commute to our plates.    ·      Community – A Community that Grows Together: o   Blighted property has been known to act as a magnet for crime. Putting abandoned and vacant lots to use and involving community members with the upkeep of those sites has been shown to decrease crime. o  Neighbors that get involved with urban agriculture have reported that tensions are down and a feeling of connectivity is up.   Sign our petition today to let the New Orleans City Council know we need our urban farms and farmers for fresh local food, more green spaces and a stronger local economy!

Asti Davis
56 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to San Francisco Planning Department, San Francisco Planning Commission, San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, Office of District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, SF Mayor Mark Farrell, City of San Francisco, SF Public Utilities Commission

Preserve the Agricultural Use of SF’s Last Commercial Nursery! 保留三藩市最後一塊的商用苗圃作農業用途!

We, the undersigned, draw significant value from the Portola District’s longstanding identity as San Francisco’s Garden District, and we strongly support the development of an educational urban farm at University Mound Nursery. We seek the support of the City to prevent any incompatible development at the site, as well-intentioned as it might be. 我們,下列署名人,以寶都麗區長久以來被視作三藩市的公園區具有重大價值;我們極力支持把大學岡苗圃發展成為一所市鎮教育農場。我們尋求市府的支持,不論意圖如何、防止在該址進行任何不兼容的發展。 The Portola prides itself on being San Francisco’s official Garden District. For over 70 years, the Portola was a floricultural hub with dozens of commercial greenhouses and open field nurseries. The neighborhood was overflowing with azaleas, carnations, orchids, roses, snapdragons, and many others grown for sale at the SF Flower Mart. Today, the Portola carries on its Garden District traditions through bountiful backyard gardens, community green spaces, and numerous public artworks, but only one of its historic nurseries remains. 寶都麗對能成為三藩市官式的公園區引以為榮。70多年來,寶都麗是一個花卉園藝中心,擁有數十個商業溫室和露天苗圃。這個社區充滿了杜鵑花,康乃馨,蘭花,玫瑰,金魚草,以及其他許多在三藩市鮮花展賣場(SF Flower Mart)銷售的其他鮮花品種。 今日,寶都麗通過豐盛的後花園,社區綠地和眾多公共藝術品繼承了花園區的傳統,但歷史悠久的苗圃卻只餘下一個。 770 Woolsey St. is a historical resource for the Portola and the City, and is deserving of SF Historic Landmark Status. Established in 1922, this farm was once known as University Mound Nursery, and its founding family grew roses there till the early 1990s. The site spans an entire city block and still contains 18 glass hothouses. Original rose bushes continue to grow amongst the broken glass and weathered wood, their brilliant blossoms reminding neighbors of the beauty the site once held, and may again offer.是寶都麗和本市的歷史資源,並理應獲得三藩市歷史地標的地位。該農場設於1922年,曾被稱作大學岡苗圃;而其始創家庭在該處種植玫瑰,直至1990年代。該地點跨越整條街道,現今仍然存有8個玻璃溫室。原植的玫瑰叢繼續在破爛的玻璃和風化的木材中生長,他們燦爛的花朵仍在提醒社區人們該址昔日曾經擁有的美景,和可再復現的光輝。 Over the past decade, Portola residents established urban agriculture at 770 Woolsey as a project of paramount significance, as documented by the Portola Green Plan. 770 Woolsey is the only remaining property capable of honoring our cherished Garden District identity, while also being able to further position San Francisco as a global leader in the sustainable food movement in urban spaces. In 2016, the SF Board of Supervisors offered its support for The Portola Green Plan, unanimously passing a resolution stating that the Board “will assist the Portola in all its gardening and green works, including the Portola Green Plan.”過去十年間,如寶都麗綠色計劃所記錄,寶都麗居民在770 Woolsey建立都市農業,是一個具有重要意義的計劃。770 Woolsey是餘下來唯一能夠表揚我們珍愛花園區特色的產業,並同時能進一步把三藩市定位為城市空間可持續食物運動的全球領導者。2016年,三藩市市參事會為寶都麗綠色計劃提供支援,一致通過決議案,聲稱該市參事會「將會協助寶都麗進行該區所有的園藝和綠色工作,包括寶都麗綠色計劃。」 Our community’s longstanding vision for agriculture at University Mound Nursery is at odds with plans for housing development. In July of 2017, a developer purchased 770 Woolsey and is proposing to build 86+, 4-story housing units with limited parking. The developer’s plans are NOT yet approved, and we as the Portola community reserve our right to fully engage with the approvals process, especially now while city officials are weighing the merits of both proposals.我們社區在大學岡苗圃發展農業的長期願景與住屋開發計劃不一致。在2017年7月,一發展商買入770 Woolsey並建議開發86個單位以上、四層高的住房大廈,和設置有限的泊車間。該發展商的計劃並未獲得通過,而身為寶都麗社區的我們保留我們的權利充份參與該審批過程,特別是現階段當市府官員正在衡量這兩項提案的優點。

Friends of 770 Woolsey Street
2,337 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Robert Trevino, Rebecca Viagran, Rey Saldaña, Shirley Gonzales, Greg Brockhouse, Ana Sandoval, Manny Palaez, John Courage, Clayton Perry, Heber Lefgren, María Villagómez, Sheryl Sculley

San Antonio Backyard Chickens Under Attack!

We support updating the City of San Antonio's domestic fowl ordinances to allow more families the ability to legally keep small urban flocks.  We feel arbitrary setbacks for small flocks are unnecessary (dogs don't have setbacks and cats wonder freely throughout neighborhoods).  It is unfair that our current setbacks are making criminals out of people who raising chicken and fresh eggs in neighborhoods with smaller homes and yards.  Currently, San Antonio allows only three (3) chickens without purchasing an  excessive animal permit requiring an arbitrary setback.  We would like to see San Antonio families be able to have up to eight (8) domestic fowls on city lots up to 7500 square feet (average lots size) with one (1) additional fowl allowed for ever additional 1000 square feet.  We would like to see excessive animal permits required ONLY for people wishing to exceed these fair and reasonable limits.  By establishing enforceable and measurable guidelines but not requiring an excessive animal permit, Animal Care Services can to redirect the resources current used to micro-manage small backyard flocks, towards more pressing issues like stray dogs or spay and neuter programs..   We also understand that it is important to protect the rights of our neighbors.  We support continuing to hold chicken owners that violate the city's existing ordinances accountable to the same degree that cat and dog owners are held accountable.  The current animal ordinances already prohibits unreasonably loud pets, loose pets (no “roaming-at-large”) and unsanitary conditions.  There are state laws against cock fighting and a local ordinance, as proven in other cities, is not going to stop the criminals who engage in cock fighting.  An ordinance that puts additional restrictions on backyard chickens, including roosters, is unfair and unnecessary and punishes families who are responsible chicken owners who keep a natural flock.Any ordinance that puts additional punitive restrictions on Backyard Poultry affects thousands of current chicken owners in San Antonio who responsibly keep small flocks of chickens. We are encouraged by the vision of our new Mayor and City Council and believe that any ordinance that San Antonio adopts should move the city forward, should not discriminate, and should be applied fairly and equally to all pet owners.   

Kim Rocha
1,219 supporters
Update posted 12 months ago

Petition to City Council

Reject Micah Posner's Duplex

Dear City Councilmembers, I do not approve of Micah Posner building a duplex at his 732 Riverside Ave. property for the following reasons: One of the "findings" is to provide 3 tandem parking spaces in the driveway. Posner/Minami have had 1-2 renters for the last 9 years, and they have not allowed their tenants to park in the driveway. We believe he will make the driveway *possible* for cars to park, but will still have his tenants park on the street. Once the unit is built, if he does not comply with this finding, there is no way to "unpermit" the unit. Even if he does comply, this now blocks the Wade'e easement which is their legal right in their contract, and will block ADA access to Fairytale Farm, which is a legal business which requires ADA access via their easement. The 3 cars will also cause significant noise and exhaust to blow into the Wade's living room and kitchen doors and windows, which face the driveway, causing respiratory harm to the Wades. 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 set to arbitrate 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. Posner/Minami built an attached patio cover 9 years ago without permits. It is still not permitted. He is trying to roll the permit in with this addition, but we feel it is not fair and is showing preferential treatment to not have the City force him to permit this first before getting approval for another addition.  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. The City has shown preferential treatment by not having a consequence for Posner lying while being censured. 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 and Akiko Minami 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.

Debora Wade
148 supporters