Land Use Working Group

The Land Use Working Group is a working group of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, a strong and growing network of local organizations and community members joining together to implement the City of Berkeley’s Climate Action Plan.

Many of the impacts of climate change, including drought and water shortages, impact food production. A predicted result is rising food prices and diminished food security. A key strategy of climate change adaptation is the maximization of urban food production. The goal of this Working Group is to establish clear, replicable processes by which residents can establish new community gardens on public and privately owned undeveloped land. As part of this goal, the group will identify local vacant lots and prepare one pilot site for a community garden. The group will create criteria for prioritizing vacant lots, compile community garden waiting lists, create protocol for testing soil for contaminants, and develop and publicize a guide that explains how to establish community gardens.

The Land Use Working Group has created a Berkeley Community Gardening Handbook, which reflects our growing body of knowledge on how to establish community gardens in Berkeley. This is a living document, which will be updated and expanded as the working group learns more.

If you are interested in joining the Land Use Working Group and attending our meetings, please contact debra@ecologycenter.org.

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