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City of Albany Encourages Residents to Buy Local and Grow Local

April 22, 2020

Date: April 22, 2020
Contact: Sandy Steubing
Co-Founder, Buy Local, Grow Local

ALBANY, NY – On Monday, April 20, the City of Albany Common Council unanimously approved, and Mayor Sheehan will sign, a resolution encouraging Albany residents to buy local and grow local.  The resolution was passed in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, occurring this year today, Wednesday, April 22.

The resolution highlights how the current global pandemic has raised awareness for why it is important to support local businesses and grow food when possible, especially during the current global coronavirus pandemic.  More information about the initiative can be found by visiting the Buy Local, Grow Local Facebook page.

“The City of Albany is proud to be home to a number of organizations that help assist residents when they are looking to both buy local and grow local,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.  “Whether it’s learning how or where to grow a garden with the Radix Center or Capital Roots, or learning where to buy local through one of our Business Improvement Districts and Capitalize Albany Corporation, I encourage our residents to utilize these important resources.”

“I'm proud to sponsor this legislation on the Albany Common Council as local sustainability is the key to the future of our city,” said 10th Ward Councilmember Owusu Anane.  “Supporting local businesses is a proven way to promote growth while helping our business community flourish.  We see in these times how important small businesses are to our community and we should be doing all we can to support them”

“Let's all think Buy Local, Grow Local,” said Tina Lieberman, Chair, Sustainability Advisory Committee.  “For starters, we will help our city become more sustainable and resilient in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.  Plus we'll also be helping deal with the looming crisis of climate change.  We'll be reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing our local food supply, and composting our way to richer, more nutrient-dense soil.  Albany's Sustainability Advisory Committee unanimously supports this effort.”

"In the face of the uncertainty and insecurity generated by the Coronavirus pandemic, it is particularly urgent that Albany communities focus on the food and wellness needs of their most vulnerable populations,” said Scott Kellogg, Education Director of The Radix Center and Chair of the Urban Agriculture Subcommittee on the Sustainability Advisory Committee.  “To help achieve this, the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center is providing logistical support for the creation of homescale gardening and composting, both of which will increase our city's food security and overall resilience for near and long term."