Urban Agriculture and Pollinators in Raleigh


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Urban Agriculture and Pollinators in the City’s Strategies Pollinators in Raleigh - BeeCity USA History of Community Gardens in Raleigh

Urban agriculture is an important part of our City’s ecology. It creates more green space in our communities, it improves food security, and it provides more habitat for our valuable pollinating species. Raleigh promotes community gardens, urban agriculture and pollinator protection all throughout the city, and looks for ways to include every member of our population in these important activities.

Urban Agriculture and Pollinators in the City’s Strategies

The presence of agriculture in the urban environment and pollinators have a positive impact on the natural environment, the local economy, social relations, and household economic behavior, all of which contribute to livability in Raleigh. The City of Raleigh supports these efforts through the Community Climate Action Plan and the Strategic Plan.  Climate action activities encourage green spaces that promote urban agriculture, food access, tree planting programs, pollinator habitat, and greenway development that benefit the environment by consuming carbon, cooling the air, and collecting rainwater. The Strategic Plan specifically addresses urban agriculture on public and private land in the Safe, Vibrant, Healthy Community and Growth and Natural Resources Initiatives. These efforts include eliminating barriers to healthy and active lifestyle choices, by identifying opportunities for the City to support urban agriculture, and the applicable recommendations of the Wake County Food Security Plan, and education about the benefits of local, healthy food options.  

In addition, the City also provides grants and free yard waste compost for community gardens. The grants are through the Housing and Neighborhoods Department provides Neighborhood Improvement Funds to encourage and enhance neighborhoods. There are two levels of these grants which range in amount from $250 up to $1,000 for a variety of projects including pollinator habitat, community gardens, urban agriculture and tree planting.

The Environmental Advisory Board also promoted the personal and societal benefits of urban agriculture through some Urban Agriculture Grant as part of their Environmental Awards program. The grants were intended for a community garden or urban agriculture project that benefits a community in Raleigh. In addition, the Environmental Advisory Board hosted a number of Urban Agriculture Days.

The City promotes the creation of Community Gardens by our residents. You can find out more about how to start a community garden in this resource document. Our report on Community Gardens is available here

Pollinators in Raleigh - BeeCity USA

Since June 2017, Raleigh has been an official member of Bee City USA  and is one of more than 100 cities across the nation to officially become a Bee City USA. This is a joint effort between the city and community partners to continue to educate the public and provide support for pollinators and habitats in Raleigh, see our BeeCity 2018 Annual Report of activities in Raleigh. Raleigh has committed to creating sustainable habitats for pollinators.  

Pollinators and pollinator habitat help sustain our ecosystem and natural resources. One out of every three bites of our food is made possible by a pollinator species. Protecting pollinator species and habitat is essential to a sustainable food system. The city supports pollinator habitats through grants, community partnerships, as well as pollinator projects. We are committed to raising awareness of the essential role bees and other pollinators play in the complex food web as well as creating and sustaining pollinator habitat in Raleigh.

Raleigh also supports pollinators and pollinator habitats with grants. The Housing and Neighborhoods Department provides Neighborhood Improvement Funds to encourage and enhance neighborhoods. There are two levels of these grants which range in amount from $250 up to $1,000 for a variety of projects including pollinator habitat, community gardens, urban agriculture, and tree planting.

 

History of Community Gardens in Raleigh

Contact

 

Cindy Holmes
cindy.holmes@raleighnc.gov

Lead Department:
Sustainability

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