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Government's role in urban agriculture; World Water Day kick off

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/21/11 @ 2:17pm

  • The greatest threat to small farmers-and the local food movement-is government regulation, a North Union Farmer's Market survey found. This week's EcoTuesdays panel discussion with local farmers dives into: What is the government's role in protecting the consumer while encouraging local agriculture?
  • Earlier on Tuesday, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge-newly appointed to the House Agriculture Committee-meets with leaders of the local food movement at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Although childhood obesity and solutions such as urban gardening are the stated agenda, it seems appropriate to ask the abovementioned question. 
  • These conversations come on the heels of urban agriculture don Will Allen's visit to Cleveland over the weekend to launch a Growing Power regional training center in the Kinsman area.
  • Tomorrow is also World Water Day, and the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Water group has some great events on tap, they'll start a 24 hour water art project at Tower City, and a benefit for a small village in Uganda that travels 6 miles each day to carry water.
  • You may not be an urban farmer, but how you plant in your yard can have a lasting impact. This Tuesday session looks at ecological benefits of alternative landscapes with lessons from homeowners who have low-impact, low maintenance yards.

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