Food Field Operations and Urban Knowledge Networks

THE DIRT


While New York City already has some 700 urban farms and gardens spread throughout its five boroughs, urban farming still feels ad-hoc, somewhat tacked-on in many places. The gains have been slow and future progress isn’t guaranteed. To boost the long-term prospects of urban farming in the U.S.’s biggest city, the Design Trust for Public Space and its partner Added Value just launched a new report some three-years in the making called Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture, along with a companion Web site. The project seeks to create a comprehensive “roadmap” with the goal of helping stakeholders — policymakers, community groups, farmers, and designers — “understand and weigh the benefits” of urban agriculture, while making a compelling case for significantly ramping up local government support for this growing field. Basically, if you’ve been looking for a thorough examination of all the policy aspects of urban farming, this report is it.

The Design Trust for…

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