Farming the Concrete Jungle
Late last month Phoebe Connelly and Chelsea Ross authored an article with the above title in the magazine, In These Times. It is an excellent treatise on the state of play of urban farming and community agriculture in the USA.
They observe that with 80% of the U.S. population living in cities or suburbs, food now travels 25% further that it did in 1980, with some fruit and veggies spending up to two weeks on the road. "Most fruit and vegetable varieties sold in supermarkets are chosen for their ability to withstand industrial harvesting equipment and extended travel, not for their taste or nutritional quality."
This is such a wide ranging and inspiring article that we'd rather you read it directly, than peruse a precise here. However, as a enticement, we've gone off and found you websites for many of the sources mentioned in the story. So go read, absorb, then pop back to TH for 16 direct links (after the jump). Added Value
City Bountiful: ACentury of Community Gardening In America
City Slicker Farms
Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program
Community Food Security Coalition
Farmers' Market Promotion Program
Jones Valley Urban Farm
Massachusetts Avenue Project
Neighborhood Gardens Association
Small Planet Institute