Discussing the future of urban agriculture in KC

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First, a disclosure, my wife and I are one of the four community supported agriculture (CSA) members at Bad Seed Farm. As such, we have a vested interest in seeing Bad Seed succeed.

Urban farmers, community leaders and city officials gathered before a crowd of close to 100 people at Bad Seed Farm’s downtown market space on Tuesday night to discuss the process for potentially changing the development code in Kansas City.

“We need to look at urban agriculture as a potential solution to problems in the city, whether it’s the use of vacant lots, the greening effort, or health issues,” said Daniel Heryer, who runs Bad Seed Farm with his wife, Brooke Salvaggio.

Katherine Kelly, the director of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, acted as moderator at the community meeting, which was designed to seek input and find community advocates willing to serve on an urban agriculture steering committee tasked with drafting an amendment to the current ordinance that governs zoning and development.

“Ideally we’ll come up with templates that will serve as a model for other municipalities,” said Kelly of the committee, which will have a separate subcommittee on raising livestock in an urban or suburban setting.

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