A note from our Friends at Badseed Farms

Howdy Folks –
Remember last season when the City tried to shut down BADSEED Farm???…..you know, that idyllic, edible oasis at 95th and Stateline Rd…..you know, that delightful urban farm that produced all those mouth-watering veggies you would gorge yourselves with each Friday night at our Farmers Market???  Surely you remember when those organic vegetables became the center of illegal activity, and at that time, you wanted to know how you could help!!!!
Well, my friends, now you can.
For nearly 6 months. a dedicated group of community residents, farmers and gardeners have been working with the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, the City Planning Department, and Councilman John Sharp (6th District) to create proposed changes to the current zoning ordinances which restrict the excellent benefits that urban food production has to offer.   These changes will nurture and protect home gardens, community gardens, and “urban farms” like BADSEED. 
On Thursday, April 8, Councilman Sharp introduced the resulting ordinance to City Council.  Council members Bill Skaggs and Melba Curls and Mayor Mark Funkhouser were co-sponsors.  You can find the full text of the ordinance at:
 
http://cityclerk.kcmo.org/LiveWeb/Documents/Document.aspx?q=gwQ25M6kfLBpQAH2KArtCVQTuNiMyZkVhPHNtnlPCMYJ%2b2FvKs5bOtLbpVG3Tq5a
It will now go to the City Planning Commission, the Planning and Zoning Committee, and, sometime in late April, to the full council for a final vote.
 
I am asking for your support in getting this ordinance passed!  There are several ways you can help:
 
1.     Write a letter to your City Council Representatives and the Mayor to urge them to vote yes.
     I have attached a sample letter which you are welcome to use or revise as you wish.
 
Deb Hermann, 1st District At-Large, Deb_Hermann@KCMO.org
Bill Skaggs, 1st District, Bill_Skaggs@KCMO.org (express our gratitude for his co-sponsorship of the bill!)
Ed Ford, 2nd District At-Large, Ed_Ford@KCMO.org
Russ Johnson, 2nd District, Russ_Johnson@KCMO.org
Melba Curls, 3rd District At-Large, Melba_Curls@KCMO.org (express our gratitude for her co-sponsorship!)
Sharon Sanders-Brooks, 3rd District, Sharon_Brooks@KCMO.org
Beth Gottstein, 4th District, At-Large, Beth_Gottstein@KCMO.org
Jan Marcason, 4th District, Jan_Marcason@KCMO.org
Cindy Circo, 5th District At-Large, Cindy_Circo@KCMO.org
Terry Riley, 5th District, Terry_Riley@KCMO.org
Cathy Jolly, 6th District At-Large, Cathy_Jolly@KCMO.org
John Sharp, 6th District, John_Sharp@KCMO.org (THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS!)
Mayor Mark Funkhouser, mayor@KCMO.org (express our gratitude for his co-sponsorship and vision on this)
 
2.     Send this information to anyone you know within KC city limits who you believe will support these revisions. Feel free to forward this email, or create your own with these attachments.
3.     Get local groups of which you are a part (churches, neighborhoods, clubs, etc.) to speak to our council representatives in support of the revisions.  Both our individual support as well as group support will be helpful tools in influencing our representatives. I or someone else from the planning group would be happy to come share with your group, or equip you to do so.
 
4.     Attend the upcoming public hearings as a supporter:
 
City Council Business Session: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 1:30 p.m., 10th floor, City Hall
City Plan Commission: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Exact time to be announced, but will be around 9:30 a.m, 26th floor, City Hall (Council Chambers)
Planning & Zoning Committee of the City Council:  date to be announced (late April or early May)

If you have any questions about this process or information, please let me know.
 
We appreciate your support in helping make Kansas City, MO a national leader in urban food production!!
Sincerely,
Farmer Brooke & Farmer Dan
www.badseedfarm.com

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