Urban Agriculture Committee

Department in Charge of This Board

Parks and Recreation

About the Board

We educate the public about the benefits of urban agriculture in Grand Rapids. We offer our knowledge to policymakers in several areas:

  • The development of urban food production infrastructure
  • Policies that involve urban agriculture and urban planning
  • City efforts to promote health, nutrition, food production, food access, and agricultural economics

City Code Sec. 6.50 grants our board its authority

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Board Composition

  • 13 members
  • The Mayor appoints 4 members
  • The City Commission appoints 6 members
  • The City Manager appoints 3 members

The Mayor's Appointees

  • 1 represents a farmers' market
  • 1 represents a local agricultural organization
  • 1 represents GRPS
  • 1 represents Kent County

The City Manager's Appointees

  • 1 member from Blanford Nature Center
  • 1 is a City staff member responsible in the areas of zoning, economic development, or code enforcement
  • 1 is a City staff member responsible in the area of Parks and Recreation

Connie Bohatch

City Manager Appointment
City Staff Member responsible for zoning, economic development, or code enforcement
Non-Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Levi Gardner

Mayoral Appointment 
Representative of a local community support agriculture organization
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Rachel Hood

City Commission Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Joan Huyser-Honig

City Commission Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Tema Jamison

City Commission Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Steve Krogman

City Manager Appointment
City Staff Member responsible for parks and recreation
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Eleanor Moreno

City Commission Appointment
Ward 1 Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Jill Myer

Mayoral Appointment
Kent County Representative
Non-Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Lisa Oliver-King

City Commission Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Elizabeth Visser

City Manager Appointment
Member Representing the Blandford Nature Center
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Rori Weston

Mayoral Appointment
Member representing a Farmers Market
Term ends: 1/4/2021


David Zimmermann

City Commission Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2021


Vacancy

Mayoral Appointment
Representative of Grand Rapids Public Schools
Term Ends: 1/4/2021