Paradigms are shifted from both the top down and bottom up. To be successful in our 30×30 goal, we must collectively leverage policies- whether that be holding up our community members or disrupting the current political narratives that inhibit our re-generation.
Raising Backyard hens in urban areas
- Zoning laws that prohibit communities from growing their own healthy protein
- Backyard Chickens in Massachusetts by NOFA/Mass
- Holyoke’s fight to make space for hens
Poultry are a great source of nitrogen, eat plenty of food scraps, and keep insects in check (including ticks!). Policies such as this tend to disproportionately affect BIPOC communities, and can carry unnecessary and implicit bias.
HD2547- Cottage Food Legislation
HD2547 would enable all home cooks throughout Massachusetts to sell their low-risk
homemade food products without a health department permit, including foods from a variety
of cultures, such as jams, nut mixes, breads, tortillas, fruit empanadas, cookies, churros, coffee
beans and pickled vegetables.
Massachusetts requires entities that generate more than 1 tonne of food waste per week to divert it from landfills and commercially compost instead. WMRFS seeks to further organize with farmers, gleaners, animal feeders and compost makers to make the most of this amazing resource.
Other Resources & Partners
- Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)
- MA Food System Collaborative
- Transferring Farm Land, or keeping it as farmland can be a daunting task and is often a missed opportunity, resulting in over-development of this essential resource. Check out Land For Good for more information.