WHEREAS, municipal edible gardens increase awareness of and appreciation for local, nutritious foods; and
WHEREAS, mayors applaud First Lady Michelle Obama's White House garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden in World War II. The garden is being cultivated by local school children as it grows and produces delicious, healthy vegetables in the White House kitchen for the first family and also for donation to Miriam's Kitchen, which serves the homeless in Washington, DC; and
WHEREAS, many cities are utilizing parks, city hall land, and municipal community gardens to grow vegetables and herbs that provide food for local food banks and farmers markets; and
WHEREAS, edible gardens provide learning opportunities for Mayors to teach constituents on the benefits of practicing sustainability and how eating locally grown produce can reduce the risk of diet-related diseases; and
WHEREAS, The United States Conference of Mayors members have long practiced sustainability through composting and the use of rain garden programs, and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors urges mayors to develop, grow, and maintain edible gardens in parks, city hall land, and municipal community gardens.