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“We are committed to making our city a great place to live, work, play and raise a family and we believe that ought to include a commitment to promoting a healthy and sustainable community by increasing access to fresh, healthy local foods and reconnecting residents with their food sources. Through programs like Shape Up Somerville, we've also maintained a focus on promoting healthier lifestyles and better health outcomes for all our residents, and especially our children.”  ~ Joe Curtatone


 

Joe On The Record:

Somerville rolls out state's first urban agriculture ordinance | by Staff Reporters, Somerville Journal, 9/25/2012

"We are committed to making our city a great place to live, work, play and raise a family and we believe that ought to include a commitment to promoting a healthy and sustainable community by increasing access to fresh, healthy local foods and reconnecting residents with their food sources," said Curtatone. "Somerville worked hard to become a model of innovation in such areas as government transparency, data sharing and performance-driven management. Through programs like Shape Up Somerville, we've also maintained a focus on promoting healthier lifestyles and better health outcomes for all our residents, and especially our children. The passage of an Urban Agriculture Ordinance once again demonstrates how, as a community, we continue to embrace innovation and emerging best practices while working in close collaboration with great local partners like Groundwork Somerville and Green City Growers who have spear-headed this initiative." 

 

The fresh food phenomenon | by Joe Curtatone, Somerville News (Op-Ed), 3/11/2011

Well over a thousand people have made their way to the Armory each week for the market. Later in the spring we’ll see the return of the farmer’s markets to Davis and Union squares, where the numbers are equally impressive. The 2010 numbers from the Union Square Farmer’s Market show that more than 2,000 people came to the market each week, peaking at more than 2,500 in September. Overall, the estimate is the Union Square market had a direct economic impact of $1.5 million last summer.

I suspect what we’re seeing is only the tip of an iceberg. Somerville’s demand for the produce, meat and other items on offer at the farmer’s markets is only going to rise. Our success recently attracted the interest of the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the Northeast Regional Administrator of United States Department of Agriculture. They were curious to see exactly what is going on here in Somerville.