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New Growth for Urban Agriculture

Starting in 2019, gardens and farms that have been operating in good standing for several years will be eligible to request a 5-year garden permit. This will be a welcome change for community gardens and urban farmers who have previously been limited by a nine month permit.

Urban agriculture benefits Rochester in many ways; it beautifies neighborhoods, empowers communities and produces food for families. I'm proud to work with Mayor Warren, my colleagues on Council, and the Urban Agriculture Working Group to demonstrate the City's commitment to urban agriculture, by extending the length of our garden permits. This will allow for communities to make a deeper investment, and a bigger impact, in community gardens and urban farms around the city.

Read local news coverage of these important changes at The Democrat and Chronicle and City Newspaper.