Some interesting news y’all! From a recent Law Center newsletter:
In Philadelphia, hundreds of community gardens have transformed abandoned vacant land into vital community hubs. These green spaces take on both food insecurity and disinvestment. Philadelphia has 40,000+ vacant lots and more than 400,000 people live in poverty. However, many of these gardeners are at risk of losing access to land because they do not have the means to gain legal ownership of the plots they steward and face increasing pressure from gentrification. How can Philadelphia support urban agriculture and promote its many benefits?
Our staff attorney Ebony Griffin, who leads our Garden Justice Legal Initiative, was featured on the June 5 episode of WHYY’s “Radio Times” with Marty Moss-Coane discussing this issue. She was joined by Ash Richards, Philadelphia’s new director of urban agriculture, and Lan Dinh of VietLEAD, an organization that works with immigrants through urban farms and other programs. Listen in to a recording of the wide-ranging discussion here.