Speak Out: Urban Agriculture in Somerville, Public Hearing on Thursday
The city is holding a public hearing about a proposal to allow community farms and other forms of urban agriculture in Somerville.
Somerville is considering an ordinance that would promote urban agriculture in the city, and it's holding a public hearing on the matter Thursday.
The ordinance would "create a framework for residential, community and commercial farming within city limits," according to an annoucement released by the city in April.
The public is invited to attend Thursday's hearing and comment on the proposed ordinance.
The hearing is being held by a joint meeting of the Somerville Planning Board and the Somerville Board of Aldermen's land use committee.
A description of the ordinance says it would "allow farms as accessory residential uses, and ... allow community gardens, community farms and farming on municipal land."
What Patch readers think
When the city announced the urban farm initiative in April, we polled readers and asked if they thought it was a good idea. Most of those who responded—34 out of 36—agreed with the statement, "Yes. Urban agriculture is the future of food production, and I'm looking forward to it."
Thursday's public hearing takes place at 6 p.m. at Somerville City Hall.