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Planning Commission moves forward on urban agriculture zoning changes

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Public hearing on proposed urban agriculture zoning changes
Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30pm
City Hall, Conference Room 12

The Burlington Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on proposed urban agriculture amendments to the Burlington Zoning Ordinance. You can download the meeting agenda and packet of changes here.

These changes were developed based on the recommendations in the Urban Agriculture Task Force report. Members of the Burlington Food Council worked closely with Planning and Zoning staff to develop the ordinance language to be as consistent as possible with the Task Force’s recommendations.

Please note that a separate process is underway in the Board of Health regarding livestock husbandry. Those provisions will not be discussed at this public hearing.

Healthsource Classes at Fletcher Allen

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Fletcher Allen Health Care is offering a great series of free classes in Burlington this spring focused on food choices and food issues!

Cooking with Winter Vegetables, and Helpful Tips on Nutrition and Training for a Marathon, among others, caught my eye!

Check out their full calendar here.

Local Food Assessment Work

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The Council’s December meeting was a bit of a step back to evaluate where the council is headed. One of the themes that emerged from the group was the need for planning and assessment of the local food system.

Bart Westdijk passed along some great resources for this work. He referred us to a local food systems model created by Ginger Nickerson (page 10 of this report), saying, “I think this might provide a framework to think about how to set goals around Food Council work: what areas do we want to cover/how do we look at Burlington’s Food System?”

As we discussed planning for the Legacy Project and the Municipal Plan, Bart passed along this tidbit, “In terms of thinking about writing a Food Chapter to the municipal plan: here’s an example of how that works in the local energy world. VNRC has a section on their website talking about how to write an energy chapter for your town”.

Interesting fodder for our next meeting in February!

A photo tour of Vermont school and community gardens

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

A photo story of nine Vermont school and community gardens
located along the Route 7 and Route 22A corridors. Photos taken on August 13, 2010 by Jim Flint, Friends of Burlington Gardens.

A photo story of 20 school and community gardens in Northern Vermont. Photos taken on August 24, 2010 by Jim Flint, Friends of Burlington Gardens.

Abanaki Heritage Garden Open House Sept. 23

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Celebrate the harvest season and the agricultural heritage of Burlington’s Intervale on Thursday, Sept. 23. The free, family-friendly Heritage Harvest Celebration features an open house at the Abenaki Heritage Garden from 3-5:30 p.m. with clay pot cooking demonstrations and tastings with Charlie Paquin, corn grinding with City Market, and garden tours. The day continues with a 6 p.m. Slow Food Vermont potluck and the Heritage Harvest Hoedown barn dance at 7 p.m.($5). For more information, visit www.intervale.org.

Fed Up With Lunch: A Great Blog You Should Check Out

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Here’s a great blog from a teacher in Chicago who ate school lunch everyday for a year and blogged about it. It’s sad, it’s sweet and it’s very telling. Check it out!