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Urban Environmental Education Review$
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Alex Russ

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705823

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705823.001.0001

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Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

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Urban Environmental Education Review

Illène Pevec

Soul Shava

John Nzira

Michael Barnett

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter considers school gardens in North America and urban agriculture in South Africa as sites for urban environmental education. Urban agriculture encompasses rooftop and community gardens, greenhouses, hydroponic systems, plant nurseries, small livestock husbandry, and vertical farms, located indoors, on vacant lots, on roofs, and on postindustrial landscapes, among other sites. Urban environmental education taking place in urban agriculture sites can integrate intergenerational and multicultural learning and contribute to environmental and science knowledge, positive youth development, job skills, and improved diets. It can also enhance social capital, environmental quality, and economic development. The chapter looks at examples of recent policies and practices strengthening urban agriculture and environmental education.

Keywords:   school gardens, North America, urban agriculture, South Africa, urban environmental education, positive youth development, social capital, environmental quality, economic development

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