Chair: Susie Marshall, GROW North Texas
Growing a Space for Urban Gardens in Dallas
In 2015, the Dallas City Council passed changes to the Development Code and the Construction Administrative Code that allow for greater food production, distribution, and access – including the ability to have hens and aquaponics/aquaculture at urban gardens. The Urban Agriculture Action Team developed the market garden ordinance for the city of Dallas to allow urban farms to flourish within the city limits. The team wants to encourage community members to grow and sell food in their neighborhoods as a way to promote economic development and improve access to healthy food.
Guiding Expansion of Urban Agriculture
The Urban Agriculture Action Team has developed two guides to support new and developing urban gardens:
A Guide to Getting Started: Urban Agriculture in Dallas, will provide you with information on Dallas codes as well as describe best practices for growing food in an urban environment. It will walk you through a series of topics to be considered as you are putting together an urban agriculture project.
Harvesting and Selling: A Guide for New, Small Urban Producers is aimed at those interested in selling locally grown food items at area farmers markets. Although written by and for Dallas area producers, much of the information is generic (especially for Texas).
For more information about these guides or how you can get involved in supporting urban agriculture in Dallas through the Urban Agriculture Action Team, contact Wyonella Henderson-Greene@baylor.edu.
To take part in the conversation on ways to protect pollinators, i.e. honeybees, from the impacts of pesticide application in response to positive mosquito tests for West Nile Virus, see the following Pollinator Stakeholder Letter. Future Urban Agriculture Action Team meetings will explore ways to find a balance between protecting pollinators and protecting public health in our communities.