Urban agriculture steering committee begins work

Jonathan Bender wrote this post on Fat City earlier today.

A steering committee organized to identify the key issues around urban agriculture in the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area — the result of an public forum on October 22 — met for the first time on Monday night at the Nutter Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center in midtown.

“We want to revise the codes of Kansas City, Missouri, to be more supportive of urban farming and lay out a pathway that other municipalities can follow, said Katherine Kelly, director of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture.

Over the course of an hour and 45 minutes, 37 farmers, community

activists, and residents sat down to discuss the realities of farming

in Kansas City and what needs to change with regard to the current code.

“While we’re talking about traffic or the potential blight of farm stands, that’s not a reality yet. Nobody has seen the reality of a greener city and there might not be any issues with it. We are not advocating for industrialized agriculture in this city,” said Brooke Salvaggio, co-owner of Bad Seed Farm.

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