Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Urban Agriculture

Class in Session

This week marks the kickoff of a new class, Urban Agriculture Law & Policy, taught by LL.M. alumna, Affiliated Professor Nicole Civita and attended by both on-and-off campus students. Each one brings a unique perspective and different end goal. For example:
  • Katie Maschino is a registered dietician and is completing her Master’s in Science in Community Health Promotion. She has built raised food beds on campus and is interested in using urban agriculture to serve the under-served.
  • Carla Stinnett is a trial lawyer who raises beef, has a booth at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday, and is on the City Council.  She wants to see a community garden built in her home-town of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

  • Dave Nezzie, from Albuquerque New Mexico, grows corn, squash and melons in his backyard garden. He intends to work on local policy implementation for urban agriculture that serves low income—extreme poverty people.
  • Jamie Dickinson and her husband have a backyard garden and several chickens at their home in Portland Oregon. Jamie wants to expand their backyard operations, although admittedly the chickens have become family pets ... so they may need to add a cash cow to the mix.

Regardless of focus, Urban Agriculture promises to provide an avenue that leads to discovery of a meaningful supplement for food resources in urban environments. In addition to being a sustainability and urban ag guru, Professor Civita is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on law and policy dimensions of food conservation policy ... a deep well of knowledge for students to draw from.  She directs the Program's Food Recovery Project.

If you are looking for experts to help develop your urban agriculture policy, check with us at the end of the semester. We will have a solid bench at your disposal.

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