Relates to encouraging community-based organizations to increase opportunities for seniors to participate in community gardens.
Ayes (58): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (3): Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to encouraging community-based organizations to increase opportunities for seniors to participate in community gardens
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to encourage seniors to participate in community gardens.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would
*expand the goals of the Community Garden Task Force to include encouraging community-based organizations to increase opportunities for seniors to participate in community gardens and
*include seniors centers and the elderly as being eligible for assistance, support, and cooperation from the Office of Community Gardens.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are integral to the health of our seniors and community gardens are vital to the health of our neighborhoods. These green spaces provide opportunities for seniors to pass on their knowledge and love of growing things to others, for children and seniors to come together to learn new techniques and grow foods for the first time, and for communities to take control of their nutrition and health by growing locally. Ethnically diverse communities can celebrate their heritage by growing plants that contribute to unique dishes. Seniors especially have a lot to offer community gardens, but they can also benefit from community gardens. Community gardens promote involvement in the neighborhood and help maintain an active lifestyle. This, in turn, helps stave off Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and depression. The benefits of community gardens are far-reaching and undeniable.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
To be determined.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7180 IN SENATE May 2, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to encour- aging community-based organizations to increase opportunities for seniors to participate in community gardens THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 31-j of the agri- culture and markets law, as added by chapter 528 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: (a) The goals of the task force may include, but are not limited to, the study, evaluation and development of recommendations: (i) to encour- age the establishment and expansion of community gardens by state agen- cies, municipal governments and private parties, (ii) to encourage coop- eration between the activities and operations of community gardens and provision of donated food to local voluntary food assistance programs for the poor and disadvantaged,
[and](iii) to increase the benefits that community gardens may provide to the local community in which they are located, AND (IV) TO ENCOURAGE COOPERATION WITH COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO INCREASE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIORS, THOSE AGED SIXTY-TWO YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY GARDENS. S 2. Paragraph e of subdivision 2 of section 31-h of the agriculture and markets law, as added by chapter 528 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: e. Assist, support and encourage contact and cooperation between, and the cooperative sharing of resources between community garden groups, school garden programs and local voluntary food assistance programs, such as community food pantries, soup kitchens, SENIOR CENTERS, and other community and not-for-profit organizations that provide or distribute food to the ELDERLY, poor, and disadvantaged. Such support can include the provision of surplus community garden food or other agricultural products to such local voluntary food assistance programs; and S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14599-01-4