We recommend and advocate for policies that support access to nutritious local food, sustainable land use, and food as a means for economic development.
Urban Agriculture Ordinance Recommendation
In 2018, Akron City Council members called upon Summit Food Coalition to engage stakeholders and practitioners in a process to develop a comprehensive urban agriculture ordinance recommendation. Three brainstorming sessions were held in the spring, and notes from those are here: 5/18, 6/4, and 6/13. Additionally, research was conducted comparing ordinances across the country. This, and a companion document identifying prevalence of the ordinances, will help us identify those policies that may work for Akron. A sub-group met and identified potential recommendations related to residential keeping of chickens. All of these recommendations are still being formulated and finalized.
In 2016 Summit Food Coalition, in partnership with Community Legal Aid, conducted a Food Policy Inventory for Summit County and Akron to determine which existing policies, ordinances, and codes support (or hinder) community members' ability to grow, access, prepare local food, and to launch a local food based business.
Thanks to the hard work of the members involved, and with tremendous public input received at our first Growing Hope Food Summit, the Summit County Food Policy Charter was adopted. Summit County Council passed a resolution supporting the food charter which led to many Summit County cities creating their own resolutions supporting the charter. Those communities are: Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Green, and Tallmadge.
In addition to developing the food charter, the policy team worked with various agencies to survey assets in the community. The Food Observations and Market Distribution Surveys are the result of those efforts.