Listen, I'm all about new deals, and I'm looking forward to seeing how Mayor Garcetti will implement this one. On April 29, the Mayor's office released their Sustainability pLAn Update, rechristened "LA's Green New Deal" because who doesn't love a catchy phrase? The plan has some discussion and goal-setting around Food Systems, including the goal to (drumroll please) increase urban agriculture sites by 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2035. They site a baseline of 494 sites (from 2013), so that means 124 new sites by 2025 and 247 new site by 2050. Great! They also want to "streamline permitting for gardens on public land" (how about private land too!) and "convert appropriate parkways and open lots to agriculture and gardening." Neat-o!
So now that we have this plan out there, let's help the Mayor achieve this goal. If you are a farmer or gardener and would like to be one of those new agriculture sites, let Mayor Garcetti know! What barriers do you face and how might the city help overcome those barriers so that they can follow through on this milestone? Let's be real, 124 sites is a lofty but doable goal, but I really want this to be more than lip service. Farmers! Gardeners! Let's get to work! Email Elena Guevara, a Sustainability Policy Analyst in the Mayor's office, at at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let her know what you need to help Eric get 124 new sites in six years.