FARMERS MARKETS PROTECTED BY LEGISLATION
On Monday, September 21, the Council unanimously approved Council Bill 116612, cutting the permit fees charged to Farmers Markets by approximately 90%. This action is a key implementation step for the Local Food Action Initiative (Resolution 31019). Under the new fee structure, fees are reduced from $11000 to $550 for a 28 week market. Farmers markets are experiencing difficulty staging markets on privately owned sites, and this helps them in securing more stable locations on public property.
Submitted by Alfonso Morales on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 8:53pm.
A recent competition for designing farmers markets was hosted by GOOD magazine. Please have a look at: http://www.good.is/post/redesign-your-farmers-market-winners/
A student of mine, Josh Donaldson, and I submitted an entry, you can see it in the markets journal!
best to all,
Submitted by Alfonso Morales on Sun, 09/06/2009 - 3:48pm.
Sean Basinski, of the New York's Street Vendor Project, is recently returning from a Fulbright Fellowship in Lagos. He composed the report, "All Fingers are Not Equal." It will be of great interest!
Contact him directly at email@example.com
Find the report on the Markets Journal section of the webpage!
Submitted by Alfonso Morales on Mon, 08/03/2009 - 10:35am.
Recently a student of mine forwarded me this email request for help:
I'm looking for folk who work in communities that regulate street
vendors and peddlers.
You fit the bill, you say?
Great. So, tell me how you handle requests by peddlers/vendors who want,
say, to run a shaved ice cart in front of a boutique--with the boutique
owner's support, of course--for a month.
Do you allow it?
And, if you do allow this sort of thing, is there ever a point (hours per
week/weeks per year) where you conclude the peddler/vendor is doing things
that warrant a look at the approvals pertaining to the site (e.g., site
What defines that point?
Thanks for any input. And if you can, please provide a copy of your
response to X A CITY PLANNER IN THE NORTHEAST.
I responded and asked her to send the following (I HOPE IT HELPS FOLKS!):
Submitted by Alfonso Morales on Wed, 07/29/2009 - 9:17pm.
Greening our cities requires action on a whole number of fronts. Transportation and energy figure prominently in the equation. Getting people out of single-occupancy cars and into alternate modes of transportation, including bicycling and public transportation is one step. Building smart so as to minimize the amount of energy consumed in building, heating, and cooling buildings, and getting to and from them (think proximity to public transportation nodes) is another. But there are other fronts, too. One of them is food.
Food systems are as much a part of greening our cities as transportation and energy systems. What we eat and where we buy it has significant impacts on the environment and, of course, on human health. More calls have been made to bring the farm back to the city. Locally grown produce requires less energy to transport the ultimate consumer. It also tastes better, encouraging people to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. This of course ties back to health care. People who eat right require less medical care, and this savings inures to their benefit and those who insure them. Work on health care reform should include work on what we eat.
Submitted by Gregg Kettles on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 6:31pm.