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Cities of Farmers

Urban Agricultural Practices and Processes

Editor(s): Julie C. Dawson, Alfonso Morales
University of Iowa Press U
326 pages, 18 figures, 13 table

Excerpt from publisher’s site:

This is a rare find! An academic book that is highly readable, relevant, well researched, and, as the topic requires, down to earth. Especially helpful to city planners, health promoters, community leaders, and all who love what a garden does for a day outdoors, a yard or parkette, a great meal, and quality time with others.”—Wayne Roberts, author, The No Nonsense Guide to World Food and Food for City Building

“In Cities of Farmers, Dawson and Morales perform the Herculean task of examining the historical, regulatory, production, and distributional aspects of urban agricultural systems while simultaneously exploring the significant benefits and challenges of urban agriculture. With a healthy mix of new and more established voices, the chapters will interest a range of audiences, providing clear concepts, lessons, and examples that render key messages actionable.”—Julian Agyeman, Tufts University

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NYC Public Housing (NYCHA) Farms – A Twist on Urban Agriculture

Two more NYCHA farms will likely be established by the end of 2018, but final details are still under consideration regarding location

By Beth Krietsch
New York City Food Policy Centre
Dec 7, 2016


Each morning, 24-year-old Nalijha Trammell rises before the sun for a 7:30 a.m. start to her work day at one of four urban farm sites scattered throughout Brooklyn and Harlem. As a member of Green City Force’s Urban Farm Corps, Trammell works alongside 24 of her peers to develop and maintain working urban farms on New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in Canarsie, Brownsville, Red Hook, and East Harlem.

Trammell and her fellow 18-to-24-year-old corps members, all of whom are NYCHA residents, work diligently each day on various farming tasks, from planting seeds and weeding gardens to harvesting produce and delivering cooking demonstrations to NYCHA residents.

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Rooftop hydroponic systems in cities produce vegetables that are cheaper and healthier than rural farms

Putting roots down on rooftops. (Reuters/Vincent Kessler)

After calculating the cost of building the screenhouse and tanks, rent, labor, utilities, seeds, fertilizer, and other equipment, the team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences South China Botanical Garden and the Zhong Kai University of Agriculture and Engineering found that six out of the seven vegetables were cheaper to produce than to purchase at a local store.

By Kelsey Lindsey
Dec 14


On a 1,600-square-foot-rooftop in Guangzhou, China, 14 hydroponic tanks produce hundreds of pounds of vegetables a year, with a potential profit of over $6,000 annually—almost twice the 2015 annual minimum wage in the city, which has one of the highest monthly minimum wages in the country. The hydroponic tanks are part of study that shows residents and developers in Guangzhou that their rooftop space might be worth some green.

A paper published this past July the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development reports that growing leafy greens in rooftop hydroponic systems can not only produce a steady supply of vegetables—it can also be cheaper than buying store-bought alternatives.

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