Urban Agriculture Forum

As an acknowledgment of the growing trend in Urban Agriculture, JEA sponsored a Forum Thursday evening to explore the various aspects of the movement here in Jacksonville.
The following panelists and subjects were discussed;

-Richard Villadoniga, Slow Foods
-Brandon Vermeulen, Urban Farms and Aquaculture
-Laureen Husband, Healthy Jacksonville
-Eli Bajalia & Val Herrmann – Urban Farms & Permaculture
-Katie Saiz, Arlington Community Garden
-Lauren Trad – Small Scale Hen Keeping
-Catherine Tappouni, Education, Construction, Living Roofs
-Allan DeVault, Local Food and Restaurants

The event was well attended and San Marco was represented in the audience by City  Council Member Lori Boyer and SMPS president Doug Skiles.
In addition to a discussion of the various topics, there was also an emphasis on getting draft legislation in front of City Council to allow for some of the activities that are not currently addressed in the zoning/code.


Jacksonville Urban Agriculture is going to be putting together subcommittees to work on this draft legislation.

The subcommittees are as follows:

-Hens

-Community Gardens

-Small Scale Dairy Goats

-Bees

-Urban Farms

-Aquaculture

-Living Roofs

More information is available at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacksonville-Friends-of-Urban-Agriculture/221869861190426

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