Posted by: MM | January 14, 2012

Will Urban Gardens Wilt Post-Recession?

“… [U]rban gardening during times of economic and political turmoil is as deep-rooted in the American tradition as apple pie.”…..”Foreclosed-home-turned-garden is now a familiar trope in depressed cities across the U.S.”

Cleveland has deployed Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds to replace these bulldozed homes with parks, expanded yards, and, most notably, community and market gardens. These urban farms produce food for local residents and establish a sense of stability during troubled times… The city is currently establishing a 26-acre urban farming zone and gardening training center. In 2009, it passed legislation that encourages farming within city limits.”

“After Detroit‘s auto industry crumbled, the Motor City became America’s poster child for urban decay. Detroit now holds more than 40 square miles of vacant property, an area the size of San Francisco. So the city has grown into a gardening hub, with residents transforming the city’s 33,000 vacant lots into green spaces that produce food and jobs.”

San Francisco adopted an urban agriculture ordinance last April, and Chicago just enacted its own legislation in September to support growing in the city. Across the country, large cities and small towns are embracing policies that promote urban gardening, backyard chicken-raising, beekeeping, community and market farms, and other sustainable agriculture initiatives. It’s an exciting time for gardening—and eating.”

Read the full story by Sarah Parsons, food solumnist of GOOD.

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