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Urban agriculture plan taking root in Brockton, Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:23
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Ron May, Brockton’s director of planning and development, gave a presentation about an urban agriculture plan that he is developing with stakeholders from the community. Marc Laroque/The Enterprise.

Yard-to-market food sales and backyard chicken coops will be among the issues considered in the urban agricultural plan for Brockton

By Marc Larocque
Enterprise Staff Writer
Nov 9, 2016


A progressive vision of homegrown vegetables sprouting from flower beds on local rooftops, and the responsible raising of chickens on residential lots in the community, was introduced by the Brockton city planner during a recent public meeting.

Rob May, Brockton’s director of planning and economic development, spoke during this month’s Board of Health meeting about how he is creating an urban agriculture plan that will provide guidelines for farmers in the city, using public input to shape the proposal. May said the city would also be working with Conway School of Landscape Design to develop the Brockton Urban Agriculture Plan.

May said the Brockton Planning Department will begin drafting the urban agriculture policy in January, and that it will be done by the end of March. The Board of Health said it would use the plan to help craft its own regulations for raising fowl and other farm animals in the city, after fielding numerous complaints this year about out-of-control coops on residential properties.

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