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Video tours of three urban farms in Brooklyn

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The Farmers: Jeremy Sapienza & Luis Velazquez, Annie Novak, Lee Mandell & Chloe Bass

By Gabriella Bass and Clara Inés Schuhmacher
Organic Gardening

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Filmmakers Gabriella Bass and Clara Inés Schuhmacher spent over a year documenting the movement, asking everyday New Yorkers why and how they grow food in their own urban settings, and exploring the impact of these choices both on them and on their communities. From pleasure to business to social change, their stories are diverse, and compelling.

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Incentives seed urban farming trend but poor neighborhoods struggle to find growing room

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Chicago Lights and nonprofit Growing Power partnered to create the Chicago Lights Urban Farm in North Side in 2010. CRFS / Flickr.

For many who wish to see a community garden established, first comes funding and second comes land.

By Hayat Norimine
Medill Reports
MAR 11, 2014

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The city’s Green Healthy Neighborhoods initiative used data to invest in urban agriculture in neighborhoods with the most vacant lots. But much of urban agriculture, contributing most to disadvantaged communities of Chicago, have found challenges in keeping it sustainable.

In Chicago it’s most often the location that determines the success of urban farms and community gardens. The South and West sides of Chicago struggle with funding and getting volunteers to contribute, said Lisa Hish, who has been involved in community gardening for several years. The North Side struggles with finding land.

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Beyond the Kale: Upcoming Book Analyzes Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City

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The New School Department of Environmental Studies gathered a panel of community leaders, urban farmers and educators to discuss this dynamic.

To be published by University of Georgia Press in late 2014, the book is the collaborative product of New School professor Nevin Cohen and adjunct professor and food systems researcher Kristin Reynolds.

By Emma Cosgrove
Edible Manhattan
March 18, 2014

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The book is a product of an ongoing discussion regarding the soul of urban agriculture in New York City.

“The beneficial aspects of urban agriculture do not necessarily include the changes in political and social structures that are at the root of food system and environmental inequities. In fact, urban agriculture may paradoxically mask deeper social injustices and facilitate policies that reinforce inequalities,” says the book’s summary as written by the authors.

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