Don’t miss these items in local food and agriculture news from around our region:
Free Tree Program in Pawtucket
Groundwork Rhode Island
GroundWork Rhode Island (GWRI) is a non-profit community-based environmental organization dedicated to creating healthier and more resilient urban communities in Rhode Island. Our goal is to strengthen environmental sustainability by increasing tree canopy in the city of Pawtucket to improve the community’s health. We are working with the City of Pawtucket to give residents of Pawtucket FREE TREES to increase the Tree Canopy.
After working outdoors in the summer with the high school youth we hire year-round, and using local and national scientific data, we have arrived at the concerning fact that our Woodlawn neighborhood has direct impacts of extreme vulnerability to heat and flooding. This city suffers from lack of trees, too much impervious surfaces, and lower air quality. We would like to plant trees in these cities to lower the high land surface temperature that are caused by the low tree canopy and impervious surface and low air qualities. Thankfully we have a Free tree program in the city of Pawtucket!
The City of Pawtucket gives out Free Trees to the residents and we want the community of Woodlawn to take advantage of this Free Tree Program and apply to receive a free tree from the city. The City also gives out Free Rain Barrels to the residents.
- Free Tree Application is due no later than June 1st 2020 (for Fall Planting)
- Free Rain Barrel Application no later than March 15th 2020.
The President’s FY 2021 Budget Proposal and Sustainable Agriculture Priorities
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
Once again President Trump has offered a budget request to Congress that contradicts many of his public statements regarding his Administration’s support for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Like each of the previous budget request proposed by President Trump, the fiscal year 2021 budget includes substantial cuts to federal food and farm programs. The proposed budget would slash USDA’s total budget by nearly $62 billion total, made up of $2 billion in cuts to discretionary programs and $60 billion in cuts to mandatory agriculture programs. NSAC will be working with Congress over the next few months to ensure that the President’s shortsighted proposals are not enacted and instead robust investments in sustainable agriculture research, conservation, and food systems that support farmers and consumers in every community are included in the FY 2021 agriculture spending bill.
President’s Budget Proposes Elimination of WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Farmers Market Coalition (FMC)
On Monday, the President’s FY 2021 budget proposal was released. In addition to significant cuts to agriculture and safety net programs, the proposal once again suggests eliminating funding for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP). Ending such a program would undermine years of work to ensure that independent American family-owned farms are able to benefit from federal nutrition programs and that low income families, particularly women and children, have access to the freshest and healthiest foods. While Congress, not the president, sets federal spending, this budget sends a clear message that the best interests of low income families and local farmers are not priorities of the administration.
Given the importance of this program to farmers and shoppers across the country, FMC will not take this proposal lying down. Our advocacy in support of WIC FMNP will include sign-on letters in the House and Senate, mobilizing our policy partners, including the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and a farmer and market manager fly-in. In the meantime please contact your legislators to let them know how the elimination of WIC FMNP would impact your market. Together, we can stand up for this important program.