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File #: Int 1653-2019    Version: * Name: Requiring the dept of parks and recreation to collect and report data regarding community gardens reporting and permitting the sale of agriculture within community gardens.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Economic Development
On agenda: 8/14/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of parks and recreation to collect and report data regarding community gardens reporting and permitting the sale of agriculture within community gardens
Sponsors: Alicka Ampry-Samuel , Ben Kallos, Diana Ayala , Vanessa L. Gibson, Brad S. Lander
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to collect data on community gardens and issue an annual report summarizing this data. Additionally, this bill would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to study the citywide ecological impacts of community gardens. This bill would also direct the agency to develop a system to permit community gardens to operate farmers markets within community gardens.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1653, 2. Int. No. 1653, 3. August 14, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-14-19, 5. Committee Report 9/18/19, 6. Report - Growing Food Equity in New York City, 7. Hearing Testimony 9/18/19, 8. Hearing Transcript 9/18/19, 9. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 14, 2019
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9/18/2019*Alicka Ampry-Samuel Committee on General Welfare Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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9/18/2019*Alicka Ampry-Samuel Committee on Education Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/18/2019*Alicka Ampry-Samuel Committee on Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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8/14/2019*Alicka Ampry-Samuel City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2019*Alicka Ampry-Samuel City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1653

 

By Council Members Ampry-Samuel, Kallos, Ayala, Gibson and Lander

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of parks and recreation to collect and report data regarding community gardens reporting and permitting the sale of agriculture within community gardens

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 18 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to add new sections 18-156 and 18-157 to read as follows:

§ 18-156 Community garden data collection and reporting. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the term “community garden” means a garden authorized by the department of parks and recreation that is located on city-owned property and is appropriate for the cultivation of herbs, fruit, flowers, nuts, honey, poultry for egg production, maple syrup or vegetables.

b. Data collection and reporting. Not later than July 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, the department shall submit to the speaker of the council and publish on its website a report containing the following information about each community garden authorized by the department:

1. Number of garden members;

2. Number of trees in the garden;

3. Pounds of compost produced;

4. Pounds of produce grown in the garden;

5. Pounds of produce donated by each garden;

6. Number of bee hives maintained in each garden;

7. Number of chicken coops maintained in each garden;

 

8. Dollar amount of supplemental nutritional assistance program funds used to purchase produce from each garden;

9. Dollar amount of special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children farmers’ market nutrition program funds used to purchase produce from each garden;

10. Dollar amount of seniors farmers’ market nutrition program funds used to purchase produce from each garden;

11. Dollar amount of health bucks used to purchase produce from each garden;

12. Annual revenue generated by each garden, including source of revenue;

13. Annual costs incurred by each garden;

14. Number of urban agricultural education events conducted by each garden, including number of participants;

15. Number of arts and cultural events sponsored by each garden;

16. Hours of agricultural workforce development training provided by each garden;

17. Number of full-time and part-time positions funded by community gardening groups, or any nonprofit, botanical garden, or other organization that relates to the support of community gardening; and

18. Number of hours per week each garden is accessible to the general public.

c. Ecological impacts study. No later than one year after the effective date of the local law that added this section, the department shall conduct and submit to the speaker of the city council and post on its website a study of the citywide ecological impacts of community gardens. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. The amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere;

2. Storm water runoff and storm water management systems; and

3. The urban heat island effect.

§ 18-157 Community garden farmer’s markets. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Community gardener. The term “community gardener” means a registered member of a community garden, as defined in section 18-156.

Farmers market. The term “farmers market” means a market operated on city-owned property wherein farmers can sell produce directly to consumers.

b. The department shall establish a program to permit community gardeners to operate farmers markets for the sale of produce cultivated within community gardens. 

§ 2.  This local law takes effect 90 days after it becomes law, except that the department of parks and recreation shall take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules.

 

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