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Clark County's Urban Agriculture Context

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Carla Riestenberg

on 2 September 2013

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Transcript of Clark County's Urban Agriculture Context

Why this Project?
What is Urban Agriculture?
Phase 1: Interviews
Fourteen interviews were conducted with key stakeholders
Barriers to Urban Ag
Benefits of Urban Agriculture
What can we do now?
Work with Clark County Conservation Futures Program to realize the dedication of funds to the “acquisition of farm, forest, open space and recreation lands.”

Collaborate to prioritize urban agriculture when seeking additional sites for acquisition or to promote urban agriculture use on already acquired land.
Enhance access to vacant open urban spaces.
Establish partnerships and initiatives with public agencies and private and nonprofit groups
Appoint an "ombudsman" to represent the interests of urban agriculture operations in the local political, development, and socioeconomic conversations.
-as stated in Conservation Futures Summary Report
Supporting small, independent urban farms benefits the community in numerous ways:

Food security
Local economic development
Public health implications
Social connections
Adaptation to climate change
The growing of plants and raising of animals within an urban growth boundary, with an intent on distribution of end-product.

Part of the challenge is that there is not one common shared definition of "urban agriculture."
Economic Development
Sustaining Feasibility
Operation Viability
Phase 2:
Policy Analysis
19 Alternative Policy Recommendations
Viability Assessment
Incorporate Urban Agriculture into Land Use Planning and Community Development
Provide Education and Resources to Eat Locally
Develop a Cooperative System of Strong Business Partnerships
Next Steps?
Collaborate with Conservation Futures...
Learn more about an "ombudsman" position
to dedicate funds to the “acquisition of farm, forest, open space and recreation lands” and prioritize urban agriculture

re-frame the “highest and best use” qualifier
Look into Snohomish County's Focus on Farming initiative

Invite Linda Neunzig to speak to Food System Council
Thank you!
Special thanks to.....
Brendon Haggerty, Clark County Public Health
Kachina Inman, Clark County Public Health
Theresa Cross, Clark County Public Health

Ann Foster, Salmon Creek Farmers Market, FSC
Bill Zimmerman, Bi-Zi Farms, FSC
Bryan Snodgrass, City of Vancouver Principal Planner
Eileen Cowan, Urban Growers Market
Eric Lambert, WSU Extension, FSC
Fran Kunze, Kunze Farms
Gordy Euler, Clark County Community Planning
Jim and Diane Hunter, Hunters' Greens
Joe Beaudoin, Joe's Place Farm
Erin Harwood, Gardgen Delights, FSC
Garrett Hoyt, Five Sprouts Farm, FSC
Lynn Krongseng, Neighbors Market, FSC
Warren Neth, Urban Abundance, FSC

Government Entity
Community Member/Support
Interviewed Farmers
Proposed Alternative Strategy
Advocate for a comprehensive and sustainable urban agriculture initiative that effectively addresses the protection and recognition of urban agriculture as a viable land use and important component of neighborhood sustainability.
Policy (2.2b)
Support small-scale and urban farmers in creating a self-supported cooperative marketing alliance.
Develop Your Vision of
Urban Agriculture
Final Challenge to FSC:
Clark County's Urban Agriculture Context
Promote and Protect
Urban Agriculture

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