New task force in Des Moines to promote urban farming
DES MOINES, Iowa — A new task force in Des Moines will promote urban agriculture and other measures in hopes of bolstering resources for residents with limited access to healthy diets.
The Des Moines Register reported that City Council members unanimously approved the food security task force on Dec. 21.
The seven-member group will work on a volunteer basis with city officials to promote urban farming, research and recommend potential policies and create an online resource guide. The guide will offer information about where to find tools, compost, seeds, laying hens, honey bees and other supplies.
The idea came from Ed Fallon, a climate activist and former Democratic state legislator, and Kathy Byrnes, founder of the nonprofit Birds & Bees Urban Farm.