Brooklyn officials unveil legislation for community gardens

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Local leaders, farmers and other community members pushed for an urban agriculture revolution with some new legislation Wednesday.

Councilman Rafael Espinal and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced legislation that would require the city to report on the potential of urban farming, create an urban agriculture plan and extend the period before a garden's license can be taken away.

The proposal comes after officials say gardens in the city haven't been able to reach their full potential under the threats of affordable or luxury housing.

Farmers say they are excited to see legislation that takes an account of urban culture and how to preserve gardens citywide.

The legislation was introduced last week, and local leaders say they are making it a priority to ensure community gardens get the resources they need.

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