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City of Forests, City of FarmsSustainability Planning for New York City's Nature$
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Lindsay K. Campbell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707506

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707506.001.0001

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Growing in the City

Growing in the City

From Community Gardening to Urban Agriculture

Chapter:
(p.112) 5. Growing in the City
Source:
City of Forests, City of Farms
Author(s):

Lindsay K. Campbell

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501707506.003.0006

Chapter five traces the network of actors and storylines involved in creating, advocating for (or resisting), and maintaining urban agriculture in New York City. First, it describes a brief history of community gardening as a social movement in New York City since the 1970s. Then, it explores the vibrant material practices and varied narratives employed by a newer wave of civic practitioners engaging in urban agriculture from the 2000s to the present. The chapter parses this more recent trend into its various threads, which range from a focus on local food production, to commitments to food justice, to an interest in neighborhood stabilization and youth empowerment.

Keywords:   urban agriculture, community gardening, GreenThumb, locavore, food justice, food access, food systems

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