Monthly Archives: May 2012

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Growing Power Farm Conference.

Will you be at the Growing Power Farm Conference this September in Milwaukee? If so, come check out UALP’s workshop on Urban Agriculture Law 101!

Posted in Conferences and workshops, Urban Agriculture Law Project |

Food Not Lawns.

Last year, a Michigan suburb made headlines when it charged a resident with a misdemeanor for failure to keep her front yard properly under the city code. Her offense? She built raised vegetable beds in her yard instead of growing … Continue reading

Posted in Land Use, Urban Agriculture Law Project, Zoning |

Intro to How to Research a Vacant Lot // 596 Acres.

New York City: 596 Acres is a nonprofit that connects NYC residents to the land resources around them; they’ve created a helpful map where NYCers can find vacant city-owned lots close to their homes. Here’s a fun infographic (link to PDF) … Continue reading

Posted in Baltimore, Urban Agriculture Law Project, Vacant Lots |

Volunteers, Employees & Interns.

On May 22, I attended a videoconference of a workshop entitled Managing Volunteers: Understanding the Legal Impact, sponsored by Pfizer, DLA Piper, Habitat for Humanity, and Dorot. Our local Baltimore videoconference site, held at DLA Piper’s beautiful office in Mount Washington, was … Continue reading

Posted in Employment, Urban Agriculture Law Project |

Healthy Food Access in Urban Areas

Last week, on Friday, May 18, I watched the webcast of a talk given at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health entitled Healthy Food Access in Urban Areas: Barriers and Solutions. The two presenters were: Holly Freishtat, Food Policy Director for … Continue reading

Posted in Baltimore, Chickens, Land Use, Urban Agriculture Law Project, Vacant Lots, Zoning |

Urban Agriculture Tax Credit.

In 2010, the state of Maryland adopted a bill that authorized the city council of Baltimore City and any county to approve a tax credit for property used for “urban agricultural purposes.” Note: Baltimore City is an “independent city,” which … Continue reading

Posted in Baltimore, Tax, Urban Agriculture Law Project |

Urban fruit gleaning & trespass.

One creative way in which community organizations are feeding people in the city is through gleaning uneaten and unwanted fruit from trees on public land and in private backyards. For example, the Baltimore Orchard Project seeks to: Glean fruit from … Continue reading

Posted in Common Law, Gleaning, Property Law, Urban Agriculture Law Project |

Teaching the Food System.

The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University has put together a very interesting free curriculum called Teaching the Food System; elements of the curriculum can be used with high school, undergraduate and even graduate students. The curriculum … Continue reading

Posted in Baltimore, Public Health, Urban Agriculture Law Project |

Set of sample community garden contracts.

The National Policy and Legal Analysis Network (NPLAN) and Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP) have put together a helpful legal guide that includes samples of the most important contracts community garden groups will need. Ground Rules: A Legal Toolkit … Continue reading

Posted in Contracts, Urban Agriculture Law Project |

Maryland food licenses

The University of Maryland has put together a handy sheet describing the licenses Maryland requires to: Offer samples at farmers markets. Make & sell food products. Sell meat & poultry. Licenses and Regulation Updates for Farmers Marketing Value‐Added Products Directly to Consumers … Continue reading

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