Urban Agriculture: It’s Not an Oxymoron. Policies for Cultivating City Land and Increasing Access to Local Food

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is presenting “Urban Agriculture: It’s Not an Oxymoron. Policies for Cultivating City Land and Increasing Access to Local Food” a symposium on policy, land-use and other legal issues connected to urban agriculture and the local food movement.


Noon - 12:30 Lunch, Moot Court Room    Please RSVP to Patricia Gause, 216-687-2307

12:30-12:55 pm, Paper Presentations,

LB 207 - Distancing our Food System and How  Urban Agriculture can Regenerate the Knowledge of How our Food is Produced

LB 208 - Illegal Fowl: A Survey of Municipal Law relating to Backyard Poultry and a Model Ordinance for Regulating City Chickens

1-1:25 pm, Paper Presentations

LB 207 - Case Study of Reimagining Cleveland: the importance of public private partnerships in repurposing cities to create sustainable, health, and enjoyable places

LB 208 - Of Backyard Chickens and Front Yard Gardens: The Conflict Between Local Governments and Locavores

1:30-1:55 pm, Paper Presentations

LB 207 - An Environmental Perspective: Green City Policies and Role of Urban Agriculture

LB 208 - A farmer and Librarian's Perspective on Urban Agriculture: What the Urban Farmer needs from Public Policy

Panel Presentations in the Moot Court Room, 2 to 5 pm - 3 Hours CLE credit

2 - 3 pm   Why Urban Agriculture?

3 - 4 pm   Cleveland Leaders in Urban Agriculture

4 -5 pm    National Urban Agriculture Policies: Challenges and Successes

As the movement towards local food continues to grow, cities are finding that they must develop law and policies to allow for and regulate agricultural practices within urban communities.   Many cities are implementing policies to increase urban food production through regulation, incentives, and more comprehensive land-use and public-health policies.  Cities are doing so because they recognize that increasing agricultural land use can be a good answer to declining populations and an excess of abandoned or foreclosed properties.  Cities are also recognizing that increasing access to local food can provide economic and public health benefits.  And, regions are realizing that increasing the connections between rural farmers and urban consumers can provide a synergistic relationship with economic benefits to the farmer, health benefits to the consumer, ecological benefits to the environment, and a more sustainable and secure food sources for the community.

This symposium will first discuss why local food benefits the community, and then will elucidate the laws and policies that Cleveland and other cities have implemented to increase local food production and access to local food.  It will also address some of the benefits and challenges of implementing these policies.  Finally, it will address the need to strengthen the urban, suburban, and rural food connection to move towards more sustainable and reliable local food production.

As part of the symposium, we will also have a lunch meeting where a smaller group, including the speakers and others who have a vested interest in the area of urban agricultural policy, can talk more freely about how other Cities can benefit from Cleveland’s success, and how Cleveland can learn from what other cities have done.

Local Speakers

Karen Butler – Director of the City of Cleveland’s Department of Public Health

Joe Cimperman – Cleveland City Councilman.

Brad Masi – Founder City Fresh and George Jones Farm

Rich Hoban – Cleveland Crops, Stanard Farm, and Director of Economic Development at Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation.

Darwin Kelsey - Executive Director at Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy

Morgan Taggart – Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition and Ohio State University Extension.


National Speakers

David Orr – Oberlin College

Neil Hamilton – Drake University - Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law and Professor of Law & Director, Agricultural Law Center.

Jacqueline Hand – Professor at Detroit Mercy College of Law

Kimberley Hodgson- Owner/Consultant, Cultivating Healthy Places, Former Senior Research Associate and Manager of the Planning and Community Health Research Center at the American Planning Association

5 - 6 pm, Reception with local food from Cleveland Crops & Nature's Bin

Meet local farmers, farmers' markets, and CSAs

Photo of Cleveland's Ohio City Farm courtesy of Kate Taylor

CLE credit: 3 free hours

Category: CLE Programs, General

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