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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

(p.112) 5. Growing in the City
City of Forests, City of Farms

Lindsay K. Campbell

Cornell University Press

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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