10 Jan: Lesniak-Ruiz Bill To Transform Unneeded Public Land Into Nonprofit Urban Farms Receives Final Approval

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Raymond J. Lesniak and Teresa Ruiz which would authorize the transfer of surplus public lands to be used for nonprofit urban farming and gardening projects was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 35-2, receiving final legislative approval.

“Through this legislation, we can strike a blow against hunger in our urban communities, improve access to nutritional food for city residents, and help clean up urban blight,” said Senator Lesniak, D-Union. “While cities cover only 2 percent of the world’s surface, they use up nearly 75 percent of the world’s resources. This bill is about creating a more sustainable model, reclaiming land in our urban centers for green space and allowing urban residents an opportunity to make better nutritional choices.”