September 28, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 156 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
SENATE RESOLUTION 271--SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL COMMUNITY GARDENING AWARENESS WEEK; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 156
(Senate - September 28, 2017)
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[Page S6229] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE RESOLUTION 271--SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL COMMUNITY GARDENING AWARENESS WEEK Ms. DUCKWORTH submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: S. Res. 271 Whereas countless families in the United States live with hunger every day and do not have access to fresh produce in their neighborhoods; Whereas community gardens conserve limited resources and promote sustainability; Whereas community gardens provide an important and nutritious source of fresh produce donations for local food pantries and social service agencies; Whereas community gardens enable individuals to gain control over the quality, variety, and cost of their food supply; Whereas community gardening encourages individuals of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to work together, foster a better sense of community, and improve the quality of their lives; Whereas community-based youth and school gardening programs encourage personal self-esteem and healthy attitudes toward learning; Whereas community gardening and greening projects provide a catalyst for neighborhood and community development; Whereas community gardens reduce city heat and preserve open spaces for present and future generations; Whereas community gardens and other green spaces-- (1) provide a more livable environment in municipalities throughout the United States; and (2) present a positive local image to the residents of, and visitors to, a community; Whereas community gardens help provide local food banks with fresh produce for individuals in need; and Whereas the last week of September 2017 is an appropriate week to designate as ``National Community Gardening Awareness Week'': Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate supports the goals and ideals of National Community Gardening Awareness Week, including-- (1) raising awareness of the importance of community gardens and urban agriculture; (2) improving access to public land for the development of sustainable food projects; (3) encouraging further growth of community gardens and other opportunities that increase food self-reliance, improve fitness, contribute to a cleaner environment, and enhance community development; and (4) supporting cooperative efforts among Federal, State, and local governments and nonprofit organizations-- (A) to promote the development and expansion of community gardens; and (B) to increase the accessibility of community gardens to disadvantaged population groups. ____________________