Target 10: Local Food Production
Bring Local Food within 10 Minutes of 75 percent of Residents
Philadelphia’s local food networks have the potential to bring fresh, healthy and affordable food to all city residents. But today, unfortunately, that local food is not accessible to all residents, especially those in low income households. Mayor Nutter created a Philadelphia Food Charter and Food Policy Council in 2008 to increase access through initiatives such as expanding the number of farmers markets and creating more working gardens; encouraging commercial agriculture; and integrating local food into anti-hunger programs. To help bring local food within a ten-minute walk of 75 percent of residents, Greenworks Philadelphia calls for the creation of 86 additional local food outlets by 2015.

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Publicize Local Food Source Efforts
An online inventory of community gardens, urban farms, farm stands and other sources of fresh food will soon be created, with a printed version available at neighborhood libraries and recreation centers so that Philadelphians can find the nearest fresh food location. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will combine this work with an on-line web tool that presents an inventory of land available for food-growing or gardening. The effort will be modeled after London’s Capital Growth strategy, which connects landowners willing to allow their parcels to be used for growing food with people and organizations that are looking for land for growing food or creating gardens.
Leverage Vacant Land
Vacant City-owned land presents an opportunity to create new commercial agriculture ventures and new community gardens in the city. Produce, trees—which could then be replanted on city streets—and even sedum for local green roofs could all be grown on land currently owned by the City. These types of uses would help reduce neighborhood blight, providing interim uses for vacant lots on which more traditional redevelopment might not occur for years. The Redevelopment Authority has a pilot program underway. For more information contact the Redevelopmnent Authority.
Foster Commercial Farming
Greenworks Philadelphia recommends that twelve commercial agriculture projects be established in the city over the next 8 years. In order to do this, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with other City departments and external organizations, will help develop the infrastructure necessary to support urban farming. This infrastructure includes distribution facilities, agricultural supply centers, reliable water sources and processing facilities. Greenworks Philadelphia also proposes that a new zoning designation be created in the city to allow commercial farming.