High tunnel initiative could aid urban ag expansions
The head of the Natural Resources Conservation Service says his work with high tunnels in urban communities serves as an example of how to support food insecurity and urban farmers.
“Your zip code should not dictate your life expectancy,” he says.
Chief Terry Cosby says in 2012 he started working within Cleveland to address food deserts through urban agriculture projects and converting vacant land into food-producing areas. Today the city is home to more than 200 hoop houses.
“We had individuals that were producing vegetables and paying their way through college,” he says. “You can do a lot of things from urban agriculture, and it benefits the communities so greatly.”
Cosby served as Ohio’s state conservationist for 16 years before being appointed by the Biden administration.