The program is being presented as an effort by the City's Food Policy Team made up of City Staff, the City Council and Mayor's office in partnership with Cultivate Kansas City.|
Speakers will include the Kansas City BizCare office, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City and the Kansas City City Planning & Development Department.
Who Should Go?
-Farmers who grow food inside city limits- this workshop is organized by the City of KCMO, but a lot of what we will learn will be applicable in other communities, like Lee's Summit, Wyandotte County, etc.
-Businesses or non-profits addressing community food needs- for example, people interested in (or actively running) food businesses that source locally or non-profits looking at how to develop urban agriculture zones where food and agriculture/horticulture related businesses may cluster
-Agricultural and Horticultural Educators and Agents who work with farmers and food projects inside city limits. We are used to working with farmers around resources like FSA and NRCS, but there are other non-agricultural resources that may be helpful to the people we work with.
-Urban planners and neighborhood-based organizations that are working with issues of food access, unused land, and community health.
-Local food advocates- community-based advocates have helped local agriculture move forward and become stronger. If our advocates know about economic development strategies, we have another set of options for how we can help grow our food system.
What will we learn?
The Economic Development Corporation will explain incentives which could be applied to urban agriculture projects, what financing options are available and how your farm or related agriculture business impacts Kansas City, Missouri's on-going economic redevelopment and revitalization activities. They'll also explain how the Zoning and Development Code can affect what you do, how you can access land through the Land Bank and Homesteading Authority and how the development process works.
The City of Kansas City is also putting into effect the economic development tools created through the recent Urban Agriculture Bill passed by the Missouri Legislature; they'll explain how Urban Agriculture Zones will help reduce property taxes and utility costs for urban farms.
Kansas City, MO Health Department, Biery Auditorium (View)
Kansas City, MO 64108
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|