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AHA & Wake County Planning Win Raleigh Environmental Award

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane (left) and others congratulate AHA Director Sara Merz and AHA Board Member Carol Mitchell, Wake County Cooperative Extension.

Last month Advocates for Health in Action and Wake County Planning received the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards Program “Organization Award” for helping to advance a policy change making it easier for local urban agricultural enterprises to succeed.

In January, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the Agricultural Amendment to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance. The amendment strengthens economic growth by supporting farmers, boosting local food sales and keeping agricultural land in production.

In 2015, AHA was awarded the Urban Stewardship Award, which recognizes a volunteer individual or organization engaged in community building or conservation, and last year AHA and NC State University received one of the Urban Agriculture Awards, which provided funding for edible greenway plantings on the NC State campus.

Congratulations also to AHA partners WakeUP Wake County, which won the Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award last month for its advocacy of public transit for Wake County, and to Purple Martin Community Farm, for the Built Environment Award, which recognizes this 6-acre vegetable farm in progress in the 5401 North neighborhood.

Urban Ag Award winners this year included three child care centers: A Kind Garden, A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center and Pam’s School of Raleigh, Alliance Medical Ministry, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Camden Street Learning Garden, Liberty Community Gardens, Longview High School FFA Chapter, and Joyner and Wildwood Forest Elementary, among others.

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