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LONG BEACH GROWS  Growing a more sustainable future  grow-buy-eat-share-learn-LOCAL!      www.longbeachgrows.org LONG BEAC...
Long Beach Grows™       Why Grow Long Beach?        Help Long Beach GrowYardShare     Gardens & Farms      Urban Agricultu...
Urban Ag Petition
Support education, don’t stymie it
The Benefits of Urban Ag    far outweigh any misperceived drawbacks
Seattle animals outright, dwarfGOATS. Seattle allows up to 3 smallgoats included, on all lots in all zones. Additional ani...
Seattle                    Phyllis Shulman                 Legislative Assistant to        Seattle Council President Richa...
SeattleDon Baxter, Seattle Animal Shelter, animalcontrol enforcement person, said complaintsdown even though # birds allow...
San FranciscoEric Zuercher, Animal Care Supervisor:“not an overwhelming problem at all”
City Folk                                   misunderstand                                      chickens &                 ...
NYCJordon Brackett, Deputy Food PolicyCoordinator: “haven’t heard complaints...ifsignificant, would have heard about it”“wo...
Food SecurityAffordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate*         food for all people at all times (As defined by th...
Food Security Map
Community Food SecurityThe Community Food Security Coalition (www.foodsecurity.org) statesthat, “at a basic level, CFS is ...
DONNA MARYKWAS                          donna@longbeachgrows.orgFounder &                Ph.D., Biochemistry,Executive Dir...
Long Beach Grows presentation for environmental committee 10-18-11 agenda item3 slides
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Long Beach Grows presentation for environmental committee 10-18-11 agenda item3 slides

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These are the slides to the presentation I made to the City of Long Beach's Environmental Committee on October 18, 2011. This is the first time the city has met to discuss our recommendations made and approved December 1, 2010!

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Long Beach Grows presentation for environmental committee 10-18-11 agenda item3 slides

  1. 1. LONG BEACH GROWS Growing a more sustainable future grow-buy-eat-share-learn-LOCAL! www.longbeachgrows.org LONG BEACH GROWS has 501(c)(3) non-profit status (Tax ID # 20-4583660) thanks to our partnership with Catalyst Community, our fiscal sponsor; your donations to LONG BEACH GROWS are tax deductible. All donations are greatly appreciated. 
  2. 2. Long Beach Grows™ Why Grow Long Beach? Help Long Beach GrowYardShare Gardens & Farms Urban Agriculture Goats Chickens Food & Nutrition grow–buy–eat–share–learn–LOCAL Green Happenings in Long Beach Thanks! PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION Outdated laws are meant to be changed. Click map to see our supporters zoom My 8 -year old daughter says “Our goats are calm. They don’t do anything bad. They don’t make a lot of noise. Our chickens don’t either. Our chickens make better eggs than store-bought eggs and they have a nice color too.” We are your neighbors. We believe in everybody’s right to make their own “healthy food choices that reduce environmental causes of diet and related illnesses”, including raising one’s own poultry and miniature dairy animals. Please sign to help us change the Long Beach Municipal code to allow backyard urban farming that includes goats and egg-laying poultry. San Francisco is doing it! Let’s make Long Beach the progressive, inclusive, diverse city that it claims to be. We appreciate your friendship and support. The Marykwas Family in the Rose Park Historic District, Long Beach, CA
  3. 3. Urban Ag Petition
  4. 4. Support education, don’t stymie it
  5. 5. The Benefits of Urban Ag far outweigh any misperceived drawbacks
  6. 6. Seattle animals outright, dwarfGOATS. Seattle allows up to 3 smallgoats included, on all lots in all zones. Additional animalspermitted on larger lot sizes of 20,000 sq.ft. or more.FOWL. Seattle allows up to 8 fowl outright, on all lots in allzones, in addition to the small animals above. Additional fowlpermitted on lots greater than 10,000 sq. ft., one more for eacadditional 1000 sq.ft. Setback of 10 ft from neighboring house.PIGS. Seattle allows 1 potbelly PIG (up to 150 lbs) on all lots iall zones.BEES. 4 hives allowed on all lots less than 10,000 sq.ft., 25 ft.from lot lineSeattle (598,541 people in 2008; 7136/sq.mi.) vs Long Beach(492,682 in 2008; 9854/sq.mi.)
  7. 7. Seattle Phyllis Shulman Legislative Assistant to Seattle Council President Richard Conlin 206-684-8805 Comparing goats to dogs and cats said“These health issues are way less than cat feces or dog issues, but it is important to keep perspective. That is why I did the briefing paper. For example, cat feces is a major polluter of our urban streams. Dogs attack people and often bark all night.”
  8. 8. SeattleDon Baxter, Seattle Animal Shelter, animalcontrol enforcement person, said complaintsdown even though # birds allowed up“up to this point minimal, minor” “chickenspretty much stick to their yard” “goats nottoo big an issue” “no bee issues either”
  9. 9. San FranciscoEric Zuercher, Animal Care Supervisor:“not an overwhelming problem at all”
  10. 10. City Folk misunderstand chickens & goatsWhen asked about the future of home farming of small livestock in theBay Area, and whether it’s here to stay, Rebecca Katz, Director ofAnimal Control in San Francisco, said “I see it growing, certainly withvegetable gardens. The Mayor has called for this here in San Francisco& he had the garden at the Civic Center Plaza for quite some time & hehas asked people to do this & it seems it’s a growing trend, it’s not afad. AND AS FAR AS ANIMALS GO THEY ARE GOING TO COME WITHIT. Like I said, people are coming to take chickens out of our care allthe time, they want fresh eggs.”
  11. 11. NYCJordon Brackett, Deputy Food PolicyCoordinator: “haven’t heard complaints...ifsignificant, would have heard about it”“wouldn’t be funding these projects - e.g.Brook Park Chickens in the Bronx - if therewere problems”
  12. 12. Food SecurityAffordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate* food for all people at all times (As defined by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture)* As determined by the individual, not by thegovernment or by others.
  13. 13. Food Security Map
  14. 14. Community Food SecurityThe Community Food Security Coalition (www.foodsecurity.org) statesthat, “at a basic level, CFS is about making healthy food accessible toall, including low-income people. It’s about making nutritious &culturally appropriate food accessible, not just any food. It is aboutpromoting social justice & more equitable access to resources, &building & revitalizing local communities & economies. It’s aboutsupporting local, regional, family-scale, & sustainable farmers &businesses. It’s about empowering diverse people to work together tocreate positive changes in the food system & their communities... andmuch more.”
  15. 15. DONNA MARYKWAS donna@longbeachgrows.orgFounder & Ph.D., Biochemistry,Executive Director, Molecular & Cell Biology,Long Beach Grows Cornell Universitywww.longbeachgrows.org University Professor ofLong Beach Urban Microbiology, 12 yearsAgriculture Examinerhttp://exm.nr/9GKicS ©2011, D. Marykwas

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