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Florida: At St. Petersburg urban farms Wunderfarms, growing and giving back go hand in hand

Jennica Hopkins, left, teaches niece Madelyn Drew, 6, how to properly water plants at Wunderfarms’ Oakdale Community Garden. Photo Gabriella Angotti-Jones | Times

At this point in the season, Wunderfarms has donated one ton of produce to charity, and are trying to donate two tons by the end of the harvest season.

By Carlynn Crosby
Tampa Bay Times
January 31, 2018

Excerpt:

The gardens are structured to follow the community-supported agriculture model, though Wunderlich calls his version “CSA lite.” According to the model, farms are supported by individuals who buy shares of the harvest and then receive their portion, usually based on weight, on designated harvest days. While Wunderlich does have a few shareholders and sells to restaurants like Squeeze Juice Works and Love Food Central, most of his crops go to feeding the hungry and the homeless.

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Growing a Sustainable City?: The Question of Urban Agriculture

Their comprehensive research includes interviews with urban farmers, gardeners, and city officials, and reveals that the transition to “sustainability” is marked by a series of tensions along race, class, and generational lines.

By Christina D. Rosan and Hamil Pearsall
University of Toronto Press
208 pages. © 2017

Urban agriculture offers promising solutions to many different urban problems, such as blighted vacant lots, food insecurity, storm water runoff, and unemployment. These objectives connect to many cities’ broader goal of “sustainability,” but tensions among stakeholders have started to emerge in cities as urban agriculture is incorporated into the policymaking framework.

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