05 Aug '11, 7pm

urbanfarmsNYC NRDC New York visits urban farms @NRDC

urbanfarmsNYC NRDC New York visits urban farms @NRDC

The last thing the world needs is another blog about local food. But hold on. Today’s entry isn’t about the food itself. It’s about warehouse roofs, abandoned baseball fields, and people who looked at empty spaces and saw opportunities usually reserved for sprawling country land. We’re talking about urban farming and agriculture in New York City. The idea that regular city dwellers can provide food to their urban neighbors isn’t exactly new, but it’s a budding area that – if done right – can help address some of the basic problems with how our region and others get food. As urban farming continues to grow, cities can move away from merely consuming food and toward producing more sustainably-grown food, conserving resources, providing environmental education, creating green jobs and improving health. Last year, a study of only 67 of New York’s more than 500 urban farms – to...

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