Urban Farming Initiative Gains Strength

 

NCAT Gulf States Regional Office Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell attended a recent meeting convened by Jackson (MS) Mayor Chokwe Lumumba to discuss his urban farming initiative.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba outlines his vision of urban gardens providing local food at farmers markets in the city during a meeting Oct. 2 at the Warren A. Hood Building in Jackson, Miss. (Photo: City of Jackson)
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (standing) outlines his vision of urban gardens providing local food at farmers markets in the city during a meeting Oct. 2 at the Warren A. Hood Building in Jackson, Miss. Shown: Alicia Crudup, center, environmental program coordinator, and Wendell Paris, garden coordinator. (Photo: City of Jackson)

Part of his Jackson Plan that Lumumba used to win election to the mayor’s post June 2, 2013, the plan would support building a network of local urban farms, regional agricultural cooperatives, and farmers markets. Since Jackson is the state capital, the initiative could support regional and statewide cooperative efforts, as well.

The goal is to achieve food sovereignty and combat obesity and chronic health issues in the state associated with limited access to healthy foods and unhealthy food environments.

Coupled with this is building sustainable, green development and redevelopment, and green economy networks and enterprises, starting with a green housing initiative.

The NCAT office supports local efforts to build urban farming, farmers markets and cooperative farming agreements involving sustainable agriculture, particularly involving beginning farmers and transitioning farmers, by providing information and expertise.

For more information about workshops and support, contact the Gulf States Office toll free at 866-643-2767.

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