During World War 2, Victory Gardens were used to harvest local fresh fruits and vegetables, with some claiming as much as 40% of the needs of the country were met by simply growing fruits and vegetables in an urban environment. Today, there is much discussion on the theme of growing locally the foods we use, in a less processed form of local farming and with a focus on organic and legacy farming methods.
To that end, Second Chance Life Skills is proud of the opportunity to host a new Urban Grange chapter for the City of St Pete and the surrounding areas. The Grange (The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry) is a long standing organization which has fought the good fight to preserve the rights of small farmers historically and is a fraternal organization which encourages families to work together for the economic and political well being of their communities and agriculture. Historically, the Grange has been a rural organization, but this Urban Chapter will hopefully open up a new front in the long glorious history of the Grange. As the host location, we will work to make the vision of urban farming and fresh produce from Farm to Table a reality for the food deserts of St Pete.
The State of Florida has unique laws which will allow the creation of Urban Farms which as have been shown in recent times, can be profitable and create good healthy wholesome produce opportunities right at the door of those who have not had decent choices for food options. In a perfect world, Second Chance Life Skills will help facilitate up to 800 urban farmettes in the front and back yards of homes and properties throughout St Pete, with an initial focus on the areas near our building.
The County Tax Assessor has rules which allow a large tax reduction by actually farming land up to ones front and back doors, by adjusting a portion of the land use assessment to a farming designation. By farming the property instead of sending off pollution through use of lawn mowers, the carbon discharge will be reduced and when proof of concept is stable, this can become a template for work across the state and around the country, further reducing the carbon footprint and pollution by sourcing foods locally.