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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 , 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 announcement said it would encourage things like hydroponics and aquaponics, which allow urban farmers to raise things like vegetables and fish in warehouse space.

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 . 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 .

Severo Covian May 16, 2012 at 03:26 PM
It is a great idea. The bees will love this idea as well as the gardens, and the people who can eat from the gardens, which could be advanced to farmers markets (jobs) and participate in linking produce, amongst other great opportunity for the community, to the proposed Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) plans for a co-operative at the currently vacant star market location, on Broadway. Tune into SCC for more details. Severo Covian

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