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Support Urban Ag in SF + Join Alemany’s U-Pick Team

By The Farm Team | June 26, 2012

Dear Farm Friends:

We want to give you an important update on the new San Francisco urban agriculture legislation we told you about a few weeks ago.

The ordinance, sponsored by Supervisor David Chiu, easily cleared the Land Use Committee of the SF Board of Supervisors. But when it went before the full board last week, it was held up over concerns about how the law (which would provide additional resources to City agencies that oversee community gardening and other agriculture programs) might affect the City budget.

Friends of Alemany Farm believes this ordinance is essential for making San Francisco a global leader in urban agriculture policy, and we urge you to do whatever you can to support it.

Below is list of all the members of the Board of Supervisors. Please CONTACT YOUR SUPERVISOR TODAY to express your enthusiasm for this ordinance! Also below is a template letter prepared by the SF Urban Agriculture Alliance in case you need some guidance on what to write.

… In other Alemany Farm related news, it’s high summer at the farm and we are once again sharing the bounty with residents of the adjacent Alemany Public Housing Complex through our weekly U-Pick program. The U-Pick occurs every Wednesday from 4 pm to 6 pm. We always need extra hands to manage the U-Pick, so if you have extra time to volunteer at the garden, please consider helping us with this food security program. If you think you can make a commitment to coming to the farm on Wednesday afternoons, please email jasondovemark@gmail.com.

And please mark your calendars for these upcoming workdays:
Sunday, July 1, Noon to 5 PM
Monday, July 2, 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, July 7, Noon to 5 PM
Monday, July 9, 1 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, July 15, Noon to 5 PM

Thanks, as always, for your work to make SF more food secure.

The Farm Team

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About sending a letter to Board of Supervisors in support of funding the urban agriculture legislation.

Letters should be sent by email to all the Supervisors. We also encourage you to copy the mayor and the SFUAA in your correspondence.

Please send your letters so they arrive by Thursday, June 28 since they expect to have much of the budget figured out by then.

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Contact information for the Board of Supervisors:

(For easy copy-and-paste: John.Avalos@sfgov.org, David.Campos@sfgov.org, David.Chiu@sfgov.org, Carmen.Chu@sfgov.org, Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org, Sean.Elsbernd@sfgov.org, Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org, Jane.Kim@sfgov.org, Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org, Christina.Olague@sfgov.org, Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org )

Supervisor John Avalos: John.Avalos@sfgov.org
Supervisor David Campos: David.Campos@sfgov.org
Supervisor David Chiu: David.Chiu@sfgov.org
Supervisor Carmen Chu: Carmen.Chu@sfgov.org
Supervisor Malia Cohen: Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd: Sean.Elsbernd@sfgov.org
Supervisor Mark Farrell: Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org
Supervisor Jane Kim: Jane.Kim@sfgov.org
Supervisor Eric Mar: Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org
Supervisor Christina Olague: Christina.Olague@sfgov.org
Supervisor Scott Wiener: Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org

Please also cc or send copies of your letter to:

Mayor Ed Lee: mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org
The San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance: info@sfuaa.org

SAMPLE LETTER

[Community Group Letterhead, if applicable]

[Date]

Dear Supervisors:

[**I/we/name of group urge(s)**] you to provide budget funds for the new urban agriculture program detailed in Ordinance 120404 (co-sponsored by Supervisors Chiu, Avalos, Olague, Mar, and Cohen) to ensure that the program has the staff and money to begin reaching the goals laid out in the legislation.

[** a sentence or two about why you support urban agriculture in the city **]

Specifically, please include in the budget:

a) Funding to cover salary and benefits for at least one full-time staff person to coordinate the new program

b) An additional $100,000 for program implementation including: providing material resources to new and existing sites, technical assistance to urban agriculture organizations, support for gleaning and distribution, and other expenses necessary to achieve the goals of the program.

[**I/We**] feel strongly that any funding provided in the upcoming city budget for the program should be reserved for disbursement to the non-profit or agency identified in the strategic plan and evaluation that is required by the urban agriculture ordinance to be presented to the Board by the end of 2012. A small portion of the funding could also be used to support the City Administrator’s work developing the evaluation and strategic plan between now and the end of 2012.

[**I/we**] hope that you will join Supervisor David Chiu in supporting a budget that ensures that the new urban agriculture program has adequate funding.

Sincerely,

[Name]
[Title, if applicable]

CC: Mayor Ed Lee

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