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Can urban agriculture solve the issue of food security for city dwellers?

As food deserts and food insecurity have become increasingly urgent issues within urban communities, many organizations and individuals have started urban farms to attempt to combat the effects of these issues. Using rooftops, vacant lots, and indoor hydroponic gardens, urban farming has sprouted in cities such as Detroit, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Austin. Can fresh agriculture trends help cities grow and turn over a new leaf?


Promoting Social Justice, Economic Development Via Urban Farming

Three maps tell the story of urban farming in Philly right now

How Hydroponic School Gardens Can Cultivate Food Justice, Year-Round

Additional resources to think about

City Farm
In this game from GBH, grow crops and keep them alive through unforeseen circumstances while learning about small-space farming and sustainable practices to grow food in an urban setting.

Cultivating Failure
This piece from The Atlantic discusses the ways in which urban farming curricula in schools might be further disadvantaging already vulnerable students.

Why We Should Be Urban Farming
This video from The Good Stuff heads to Chicago to learn about how we can turn food waste into productive urban farmland.

Infographic: Food Security to Famine | Oxfam America
This infographic defines and illustrates terms on the spectrum from "food insecurity" to "famine" and visualizes the statistics for each.

How An Urban Farm In Philadelphia Is Transforming Lives
This video from the Huffington Post explores the effects of an urban farm on a Philadelphia neighborhood.


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