Lawmakers support Minnesota urban agriculture effort

Wednesday March 30, 2016
ST. PAUL -- Forget farms taking up thousands of acres, massive tractors and full grain bins.
Instead, the Minnesota House Agriculture Policy Committee on Wednesday turned its attention to urban farming, small plots that often produce vegetables for families.
"Urban farming is a way to really bring communities together," Michael Chaney of Project Sweetie Pie said.
The bill being discussed, by Democratic Rep. Karen Clark of Minneapolis, calls for $20 million to build up urban agriculture. Half would be set aside for people of color and American Indians.
The committee gave Clark's bill an initial approval.