This bill would require the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to conduct a study on the prevalence of community gardens engaged in urban farming and agriculture and to provide recommendations to the Mayor and the Speaker of the City Council on how to support and increase such farming and agriculture.
- Laid Over in Committee
Int. No. 1059
By Council Members Ayala, Rosenthal and Cornegy
A Local Law in relation to a report on community garden food processing and agriculture
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. The department of parks and recreation shall conduct a study on the prevalence of urban farming and agriculture and submit a report with the findings of such study to the mayor and the speaker of the council within six months of the effective date of this local law. Such report shall include, but not be limited to:
1. The number of community gardens under the jurisdiction of the department of parks and recreation presently engaged in farming or food processing;
2. The amount and types of foods produced by such gardens;
3. Information on the types of equipment used by such gardens for agricultural purposes, including, but not limited to, greenhouses, hydroponic systems, food processing systems and composting systems;
4. A list of the resources provided by the department of parks and recreation and other government agencies to aid in farming and food processing;
5. Information on the availability of potential sites throughout the city that could be developed for urban agricultural purposes;
6. Information on the feasibility and costs associated with expanding the number of farmers markets operating on department of parks and recreation property and the number of community gardens that engage in urban agriculture; and
7. Recommendations on how the city can provide more technical assistance and financial resources to expand the number of community gardens that engage urban agriculture.
§ 2. This local law takes effect 90 days after it becomes law.