Check out the American Planning Association’s new PAS Report, entitled Urban Agriculture: Growing Sustainable Places.
Available for purchase below, our own Marcia Caton Campbell is one of the authors!
Urban agriculture is rising steadily in popularity in the United States and Canada-there are stories in the popular press, it has an increasingly central place in the growing local food movement, and there is a palpable interest in changing cities to foster both healthier residents and more sustainable communities.
The most popular form of urban agriculture, community gardening, contributes significantly to developing social connections, building capacity, and empowering communities in urban neighborhoods. Older, industrial cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo, with their drastic loss of population and their acres of vacant land, are emerging as centers for urban agriculture initiatives-in essence, becoming laboratories for the future role of urban food production in the postindustrial city.