Cultivating the Commons

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The report, by past OFPC member Dr. Nathan McClintock, presents the amount of public land potentially available for urban agricultural use. By using aerial photos, geographic information systems (GIS), and site visits the authors identified 1,200 acres of open space, most of which are within 1/4 mile of public transportation. They believe with this land available for urban agriculture, the Oakland community could produce between 5%-10% of the city’s vegetable needs.This report offers a helpful discussion on food deserts and excellent graphics to illustrate how potential sites might be used. Download full report here.

Lessons Learned

Food_Policy_Councils-Lessons_LearnedJust weeks after the USDA announced that one in seven Americans would go hungry at some point in 2009, a new report from Oakland Food Policy Council, Food First, and the Community Food Security Coalition highlights a useful tool that city, state and local governments can use to fight hunger, diet-related diseases and other symptoms of a failing food system. Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned is based on an in-depth survey of 48 Food Policy Councils established in North America over the past 30 years, and comes up with some surprising, hopeful stories. Download full report here.