Food systems can be very complex. From growing the food we eat, to processing, packaging, transportation and end sales, food can travel long miles to reach your plate. These processes use a lot of water, energy and vehicle fuel to bring food to the table, and thinking locally can help reduce your environmental food-print.
What We Want to Accomplish
The city is working towards a local food system that encompasses the entire cycle of food production and consumption, including growing, transporting and the use of disposal.
In 2012, the City of Fredericksburg passed a city ordinance allowing citizens within city limits to keep up to four chickens when they have successfully obtained a backyard chicken permit. Additionally, the city passed an ordinance for citizens to keep up to two hives of honeybees.
Downtown Greens is a non-profit urban farm initiative. Their mission is to foster community involvement and growth by protecting and nurturing urban greenspace through collaborative environmental stewardship and experiential education.