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Re: “The urban-farming debate goes beyond hipsters tending goats

Although this debate brings up many important points, I feel that it is missing out on a number of key topics. For one, a major goal of urban gardening is to develop and empower communities. Here, the debate has primarily focused on individual home farms, but has neglected the possibility for community gardens and school gardens. Programs such as Rochester Roots (http://www.rochesterroots.org/) demonstrate how community gardens can be used to educate students about the source of their food, provide healthy fruits and vegetables to food desert-ridden communities, while also helping to revive battered neighborhoods. What more could you ask for?

Why are you so focused on property values? The reality in many of these cities is that property values are plummeting because many citizens are leaving these neighborhoods. So why not do something with all of that vacant space, something that both feeds people and works to renew neighborhoods? In fact studies have shown that community gardens not only improve the economy, but increase property values! See: http://furmancenter.org/files/publications….

Therefore, the passing of new zoning policies that allow the development of such projects is an enormous benefit to urban centers. The passage of policy also allows for greater regulation, so that we can ensure that soils are healthy and that the produce is handled with care. Let's help feed and revive our communities! Transforming policy is the first step.

Posted by Srizzle on 12/14/2012 at 11:55 AM

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