New York City’s large and diverse urban agriculture system is considered one of the most innovative and vibrant in the world. The system emerged without a comprehensive strategy, yet critical issues like land tenure, infrastructure, financial and technical resources, and the role of new growing technologies, suggest that an urban agriculture plan may be needed to support and grow this vital urban infrastructure. As the City Council considers requiring a comprehensive urban agriculture plan, this forum will explore what such a plan should include and how the city should go about crafting it. On Thursday June 27, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited experts to explore these and other timely questions.
Aziz Dekhan, Executive Director of NYC Community Garden Coalition
Onika Abraham, Director of Farm School NYC
Ricky Stephens, Co-Founder of AgTech X
Nevin Cohen, Research Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
This event was approved for 1.5 hour(s) of Continuing Education credit by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
More info on our speakers can be found here.
ADDITIONAL SUGGESTED RESOURCES:
Ricky Stephens’ suggests:
•www.agritecture.com (blog, Instagram, newsletter)
•www.agtech-x.com (events calendar, AgTech 101 guide, startup funding database)
•www.farming.nyc (Ag Collective website // organizer of NYC AgTech Week)
•Clinton, Nicholas & Stuhlmacher, Michelle & Miles, Albie & uludere aragon, Nazli & Wagner, Melissa & Georgescu, Matei & Herwig, Chris & Gong, Peng. (2018). A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture. Earth's Future. 10.1002/2017EF000536. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322372113_A_Global_Geospatial_Ecosystem_Services_Estimate_of_Urban_Agriculture)
•Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken (https://www.drawdown.org/the-book)
CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute suggests:
•Realizing a comprehensive urban agriculture plan in New York City? Perspectives on Int. No. 1058-2018: A Local Law in Relation to Developing a Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan (2019) By Kristin Reynolds, https://www.cunyurbanfoodpolicy.org/news/2019/6/20/realizing-a-comprehensive-urban-agriculture-plan-in-new-york-city
•City Council and Organizations Defend NYC Urban Agriculture Plan Bill in City Hall (2019) by Alessandro Ciari, https://www.cunyurbanfoodpolicy.org/news/2019/6/24/city-council-and-organizations-defend-nyc-urban-agriculture-plan-bill-in-city-hall
•Video of the hearing and testimonies for Intro 1058: https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=678711&GUID=0A26C6EB-5345-4465-B926-0DE08A5D6AF0&Options=ID|Text|&Search=1058
•NYC Urban Agriculture, https://www1.nyc.gov/site/agriculture/index.page
•Policy Brief: New Directions for Urban Agriculture in New York City (2016) by Nevin Cohen, https://www.cunyurbanfoodpolicy.org/news/2016/10/19/policy-brief-new-directions-for-urban-agriculture-in-new-york-city
•Reynolds, K., & Cohen, N. (2016). Beyond the kale: Urban agriculture and social justice activism in New York City. University of Georgia Press. https://beyondthekale.org/