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Cities of farmers : urban agricultural practices and processes

Julie Dawson (Editor), Alfonso Morales (Editor)
"Full-scale food production in cities: is it an impossibility? Or is it a panacea for all that ails urban communities? Today, it's a reality, but many people still don't know how much of an impact this emerging food system is having on cities and their residents. This book showcases the work of the farmers, activists, urban planners, and city officials in the United States and Canada who are advancing food production. They have realized that, when it's done right, farming in cities can enhance the local ecology, foster cohesive communities, and improve the quality of life for urban residents. Implementing urban agriculture often requires change in the physical, political, and social-organizational landscape. Beginning with a look at how and why city people grew their own food in the early twentieth century, the contributors to Cities of Farmers examine the role of local and regional regulations and politics, especially the creation of food policy councils, in making cities into fertile ground for farming. The authors describe how food is produced and distributed in cities via institutions as diverse as commercial farms, community gardens, farmers' markets, and regional food hubs. Growing food in vacant lots and on rooftops affects labor, capital investment, and human capital formation, and as a result urban agriculture intersects with land values and efforts to build affordable housing. It also can contribute to cultural renewal and improved health. This book enables readers to understand and contribute to their local food system, whether they are raising vegetables in a community garden, setting up a farmers' market, or formulating regulations for farming and composting within city limits."--Publisher's description
eBook, English, 2016
University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 2016
1 online resource
9781609384388, 1609384385
Cities of farmers: problems, possibilities and processes of producing food in cities / Julie Dawson and Alfonso Morales
Food from scratch for the zenith of the unsalted seas: creating a local food system in early 20th century Duluth, Minnesota / Randel D. Hanson
Municipal housekeepers and the high cost of living: the work of Grand Rapids women's clubs to establish gardening programs and farmers markets as public services in early twentieth century Grand Rapids / Jayson Otto
Urban ag' in the 'burbs / Megan Horst, Catherine Brinkley, Kara Martin
Cultivating in Cascadia: urban agriculture policy and practice in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver / Nathan McClintock and Michael Simpson
Urban agriculture: composting / Lauren Suerth
Agroecology of urban farming / Erin Silva and Anne Pfeiffer
Lessons from 'the bucket brigade': the role of urban gardening in Native American cultural continuance / Michèle Companion
Foregrounding community-building in community food security: a case study of the New Brunswick community farmers market and Esperanza Garden / Laura Lawson, Luke Drake, and Nurgul Fitzgerald
Fumbling for community in a Brooklyn community garden / Dory Thrasher
Food hubs: expanding local food to urban consumers / Becca B.R. Jablonski and Todd M. Schmit
Chicago marketplaces / Anne Roubal and Alfonso Morales
The co-evolution of urban agriculture practice, planning, and policy / Nevin Cohen and Katinka Wijsman
Urban agriculture and health: what is known, what is possible? / Benjamin W. Chrisinger and Sheila Golden
More than the sum of their parts: an exploration of the connective and facilitative functions of food policy councils / Lindsey Day-Farnsworth
Embedding food systems into the built environment / Janine de la Salle