Urban Agriculture: Farming In The City

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What is Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a town, or city. Urban agriculture can be anything from community gardens or farms to an institutional farm. Community gardens and farms normally are done on land provided by an individual or non-profit organization. Whereas an institutional farm is one that is affiliated with an institution (such as hospitals, schools, public housing) which has goals that urban agriculture supports.

Urban agriculture can provide more direct access to fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat products; through urban agriculture we can improve food security and food safety. The benefits from urban agriculture are widespread from better nutrition to just being more sustainable by using less fuel to transport and less packaging needed for the produce.

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Urban Farming: High School Closes...Urban Farm Opens

Urban agriculture - Urban Farming

A nearly 27-acre urban farm that will provide produce for Detroit public school students' meals is planned at a former high school as part of the district's efforts to reuse empty buildings instead of tearing them down.

The Kettering Urban Agricultural Campus will include hoop houses for an extended growing season, land redevelopment for planting and a food processing facility, Detroit Public Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Mrozowski told The...

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Urban Gardening: Ron Finley, Greening the Grounds of South Central

Urban Agriculture: Ron Finley, Greening the Grounds of South Central

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."

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Will Allen: The Urban Farmer

Allen currently serves as director of Growing Power, a now mature urban farming project in Milwaukee. Allen has been awarded many grants for his work on urban farming and sustainable food production. These have come from foundations such as Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" and the Kellogg Foundation. The film Fresh refers to Allen as "one of the most influential leaders of the food security and urban farming movement."

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