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 spoke on how urban agriculture can happen anywhere in the country and its benefits as part of Tuesday’s House Ag Subcommittee hearing on the farm bill.

Cosby served as Ohio’s state conservationist for 16 years before being appointed by the Biden administration.

  • we need resources to encourage the growth of “High Tunnels” for all communities there fewer people
    that grow the traditional “family garden”. I remember when each household had a garden and we all would
    swap veggies or give some if our neighbors didn’t produce. Local is always better.

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