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Full-scale food production in cities: is it an impossibility? Or is it a panacea for all that ails urban communities? Today, it’s a reality, but many people still don’t know how much of an impact this emerging food system is having on cities and their residents. This book showcases the work of the farmers, activists, urban planners, and city officials in the United States and Canada who are advancing food production. They have realized that, when it’s done right, farming in cities can enhance the local ecology, foster cohesive communities, and improve the quality of life for urban residents.

Implementing urban agriculture often requires change in the physical, political, and social-organizational landscape. Beginning with a look at how and why city people grew their own food in the early twentieth century, the contributors to Cities of Farmers examine the role of local and regional regulations and politics, especially the creation of food policy councils, in making cities into fertile ground for farming. The authors describe how food is produced and distributed in cities via institutions as diverse as commercial farms, community gardens, farmers’ markets, and regional food hubs. Growing food in vacant lots and on rooftops affects labor, capital investment, and human capital formation, and as a result urban agriculture intersects with land values and efforts to build affordable housing. It also can contribute to cultural renewal and improved health.

This book enables readers to understand and contribute to their local food system, whether they are raising vegetables in a community garden, setting up a farmers’ market, or formulating regulations for farming and composting within city limits.

CONTRIBUTORS
Catherine Brinkley, Benjamin W. Chrisinger, Nevin Cohen, Michèle Companion, Lindsey Day-Farnsworth, Janine de la Salle, Luke Drake, Sheila Golden, Randel D. Hanson, Megan Horst, Nurgul Fitzgerald, Becca B. R. Jablonski, Laura Lawson, Kara Martin, Nathan McClintock, Alfonso Morales, Jayson Otto, Anne Pfeiffer, Anne Roubal, Todd M. Schmit, Erin Silva, Michael Simpson, Lauren Suerth, Dory Thrasher, Katinka Wijsman
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Will Allen
  3. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Section One. Introduction and Historical Antecedents
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Chapter 1. Cities of Farmers: Problems, Possibilities, and Processes of Producing Food in Cities
  2. Julie Dawson, Alfonso Morales
  3. pp. 3-10
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  1. Chapter 2. Food from Scratch for the Zenith of the Unsalted Seas: Creating a Local Food System in Early-Twentieth-Century Duluth, Minnesota
  2. Randel D. Hanson
  3. pp. 11-20
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  1. Section Two. Regulation
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Chapter 4. Urban Ag’ in the ’Burbs
  2. Megan Horst, Catherine Brinkley, Kara Martin
  3. pp. 41-58
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  1. Chapter 5. Cultivating in Cascadia: Urban-Agriculture Policy and Practice in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver
  2. Nathan McClintock, Michael Simpson
  3. pp. 59-82
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  1. Chapter 6. Urban Agriculture: Composting
  2. Lauren Suerth
  3. pp. 83-104
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  1. Section Three. Production
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. Chapter 7. Agroecology of Urban Farming
  2. Erin Silva, Anne Pfeiffer
  3. pp. 107-125
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  1. Chapter 8. Lessons from “The Bucket Brigade”: The Role of Urban Gardening in Native American Cultural Continuance
  2. Michèle Companion
  3. pp. 126-140
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  1. Chapter 9. Foregrounding Community Building in Community Food Security: A Case Study of the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market and Esperanza Garden
  2. Laura Lawson, Luke Drake, Nurgul Fitzgerald
  3. pp. 141-158
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  1. Chapter 10. Fumbling for Community in a Brooklyn Community Garden
  2. Dory Thrasher
  3. pp. 159-176
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  1. Section Four. Distribution
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. Chapter 11. Food Hubs: Expanding Local Food to Urban Consumers
  2. Becca B. R. Jablonski, Todd M. Schmit
  3. pp. 179-190
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  1. Chapter 12. Chicago Marketplaces: Advancing Access to Healthy Food
  2. Anne Roubal, Alfonso Morales
  3. pp. 191-212
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  1. Section Five. Community Health and Policy Perspectives
  2. pp. 213-214
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  1. Chapter 13. The Coevolution of Urban-Agriculture Practice, Planning, and Policy
  2. Nevin Cohen, Katinka Wijsman
  3. pp. 215-229
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  1. Chapter 14. Urban Agriculture and Health: What Is Known, What Is Possible?
  2. Benjamin W. Chrisinger, Sheila Golden
  3. pp. 230-244
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  1. Chapter 15. More Than the Sum of Their Parts: An Exploration of the Connective and Facilitative Functions of Food Policy Councils
  2. Lindsey Day Farnsworth
  3. pp. 245-264
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  1. Chapter 16. Embedding Food Systems into the Built Environment
  2. Janine de la Salle
  3. pp. 265-284
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  1. Conclusion
  2. Julie C. Dawson, Alfonso Morales
  3. pp. 285-292
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  1. References
  2. pp. 293-328
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 329-333
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609384388
Related ISBN
9781609384371
MARC Record
OCLC
960871725
Pages
349
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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