Here’s the link to the full report.

http://penniur.upenn.edu/uploads/media_items/retooling-hud-entirereport-pdf.original.pdf

Letter to USDA Secretary Merrigan re Will Allen/Michael Pollan Visit to White House Garden

Dear Secretary Merrigan,

Will and Michael Pollan will be on the east coast May 26th(D.C.), 27th(NY), and 28th(Boston) for the premier of “Fresh.”

Would it not be a great moment for the nation to find them at the White House Garden with Secretaries Vilsack and Donovan, or, if not them, one of their leading associates, i.e. yourself and Roy Bernardi?

The only image exceeding that of this gathering, ideally with the First Lady and possibly the President himself, would be the addition of Alice Waters to the group.

Will Allen is without question in my minds eye, and soon the nation’s, right up there with George Washington Carver in making history of the most splendid kind.

To have leaders from HUD and USDA together with Will and Michael and the First Lady would dramatically portray the change we are coming to believe in, with mighty interagency, intergovernmental, and grass roots collaborations as cogently outlined in the Penn/Rockefeller report to Secretary Donovan I alerted you to a while back.

If this vision cannot materialized so soon, how about for some White House Harvest Celebration moment? Or, perhaps, Jan. 5, the day we celebrate George Washington Carver?

It might be opportune at these later events, or perhaps the Harvest Celebration 2010, to find 10 or 20 more participants from the grass roots, as well as from agencies and different levels of government come together.

What say?

Why not?

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil, Board Member
Growing Power
Co-Founder, Sweet Water Organics
http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/

Contact Your Local HUD Officials to Advance Penn Report Vision

Dear All,

Please consider sending these highlights of the Penn Report to HUD* to your local HUD officials, easily accessible by simply googling HUD (your city name). Besides calling for HUD to provide “additional resources to cities that undertake such efforts,” the report calls for interagency, intergovernmental, and grass roots partnerships for urban ag and other new projects to re-vision HUD’s role. Please send me an e-mail if you would like to be part of a project working on this, culminating, God willing, in a White House Harvest celebration 2010. This effort will be supported by a wiki platform that chronicles and advances this vision.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/GovernmentandGrassRootPartnerships/HomePage

  • HUD Urban Agriculture Technical Assistance for Job Creation and Food Security

In areas where market conditions make it a rational strategy, the federal government should actively support such efforts through a combination of start-up financial and technical support for qualified land-bank entities, funding for demolition, tax incentive to encourage donations to land-bank entitles and financial support for urban agriculture projects tied to creation of employment opportunities and food security in their communities. (p 116)

  • HUD Urban Agriculture Projects for Energy Efficiency

The HUD neighborhood strategy proposed here should be viewed as part of the federal government’s larger strategy to foster energy efficiency and combat climate change.

The federal neighborhood strategy should incorporate a series of explicit features to maximize the environmental benefits of the strategy, including […] building the green infrastructure – gardens, parks, forest, urban agriculture – in each neighborhood, particularly where land availability exceeds market demand. HUD should incentivize such activities by providing additional resources to cities that undertake such efforts.

  • HUD Inspired green space and urban agriculture fosters neighborhood income diversity!

Reconfiguring land use: Depending on the scale, vacant land could be put to uses ranging from parks to urban agriculture. By reassembling vacant land into attractive green space near existing redevelopment anchors, it could provide an amenity for the development of housing which would be relatively affordable to develop (with the abundance of vacant land), but potentially attractive to a range of incomes, to increase urban income diversity.(p. 115)

  • HUD Greening for More Sustainable City

“the most rational strategy is to bank the land for the long-term, releasing it selectively for redevelopment or revitalization, while fostering a variety of both interim and permanent green uses – including gardens, forests and urban agriculture that help build a more sustainable city.”

  • The report can be found at the following URL:

http://penniur.upenn.edu/uploads/media_items/retooling-hud-entirereport-pdf.original.pdf

HUD Report Calls for Urban Agriculture Projects With Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Grass Roots Partnerships

Rachel Godsil, raised in Riverwest Milwaukee, was one of the primary authors of a newly-released report to the HUD Secretary, Retooling HUD for a Catalytic Federal Government: A Report to Secretary Shaun Donovan(2009).

As it encourages the addition of community gardens and urban agriculture on current HUD properties, I am hoping that you might consider working with a HUD representatives and urban agriculture leaders like Will Allen, Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, etc. to advance some of the recommendations listed below.

The White House Harvest Celebration of 2009 or 2010 could be a key symbolic manifestation of this rich collaboration.

Here are the key recommendations suggesting a USDA and HUD collaboration for Food Security and Economic Development:

Reconfiguring land use: Depending on the scale, vacant land could be put to uses ranging from parks to urban agriculture. By reassembling vacant land into attractive green space near existing redevelopment anchors, it could provide an amenity for the development of housing which would be relatively affordable to develop (with the abundance of vacant land), but potentially attractive to a range of incomes, to increase urban income diversity.(p. 115)

Recommendation 3: Support land banking and green infrastructure

“the most rational strategy is to bank the land for the long-term, releasing it selectively for redevelopment or revitalization, while fostering a variety of both interim and permanent green uses – including gardens, forests and urban agriculture – that help build a more sustainable city.”

In areas where market conditions make it a rational strategy, the federal government should actively support such efforts through a combination of start-up financial and technical support for qualified land-bank entities, funding for demolition, tax incentive to encourage donations to land-bank entitles and financial support for urban agriculture projects tied to creation of employment opportunities and food security in their communities. (p 116)

Recommendation 6: Treat urban revitalization as a greening strategy

The HUD neighborhood strategy proposed here should be viewed as part of the federal government’s larger strategy to foster energy efficiency and combat climate change. . .The federal neighborhood strategy should incorporate a series of explicit features to maximize the environmental benefits of the strategy, including […] building the green infrastructure – gardens, parks, forest, urban agriculture – in each neighborhood, particularly where land availability exceeds market demand. HUD should incentivize such activities by providing additional resources to cities that undertake such efforts.

The report can be found at the following URL: http://www.upenn.edu/penniur/programs_applied_research.shtml#HUD (with details) or http://www.upenn.edu/penniur/pdf/Retooling%20HUD-EntireReport.pdf (report itself)


Michael Pollan and Will Allen are happy to participate fostering USDA and HUD collaborations, as well as brainstorming White House Harvest Celebrations to advance
such “mighty collaborations!”

Please let me know if any of this merits your attention.

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil, Co-founder
Sweet Water Organics
Board Member, Growing Power
http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/

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