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Beyond the Kale
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Urban agriculture is increasingly considered an important part of creating just and sustainable cities. Yet the benefits that many people attribute to urban agricultureùfresh food, green space, educational opportunitiesùcan mask structural inequities, thereby making political transformation harder to achieve. Realizing social and environmental justice requires moving beyond food production to address deeper issues such as structural racism, gender inequity, and economic disparities. Beyond the Kale argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change.

Through in-depth interviews and public forums with some of New York CityÆs most prominent urban agriculture activists and supporters, Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen illustrate how some urban farmers and gardeners not only grow healthy food for their communities but also use their activities and spaces to disrupt the dynamics of power and privilege that perpetuate inequity. Addressing a significant gap in the urban agriculture literature, Beyond the Kale prioritizes the voices of people of color and womenùactivists and leaders whose strategies have often been underrepresented within the urban agriculture movementùand it examines the roles of scholarship in advancing social justice initiatives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Seeing Beyond the Kale
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2. New York City’s Urban Agriculture System
  2. pp. 21-39
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  1. 3. Growing More than Just Food
  2. pp. 40-59
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  1. 4. Embodying Socially Just Systems
  2. pp. 60-83
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  1. 5. Cultivating Policy
  2. pp. 84-103
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  1. 6. Addressing Uneven Power and Privilege
  2. pp. 104-123
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  1. 7. Rethinking Scholarship to Advance Social Justice
  2. pp. 124-141
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  1. 8. Taking a Collective Step Beyond the Kale
  2. pp. 142-150
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  1. APPENDIX 1: Research Methods
  2. pp. 151-152
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  1. APPENDIX 2: Elements of New York City’s Urban Agriculture System
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. APPENDIX 3: Urban Agriculture and Community Groups Highlighted in This Book
  2. pp. 159-164
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  1. APPENDIX 4: Select Population Characteristics of New York City and Community Districts
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. APPENDIX 5: Urban Agriculture Activities of Select New York City Organizations and Agencies
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-192
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 193-202
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