What is Urban Agriculture?
According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), “city agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open spaces”.
What can it do for our community?
- Helps resolve the issue of combined sewer overflow issues in a city and catching stormwater.
- Productive green spaces improve shade, temperature, decrease in CO2 gas, and less dumping on empty lots.
- Creates more parks and recreation.
Urban Agriculture contributes to local economic development through:
- Training and education programs
- Green Jobs
- Improved environments increase value to housing and other development
- Residents and local businesses work together to build the community.
- Urban Agriculture builds new parks and areas of relaxation.
- Greening of a city provides mental and emotional value.
- Research has shown that families that live closer to food that is grown, eat better
- Vacant lot gardens have shown to decrease crime in the neighborhood due to increase “eyes on the street”.
- In 2000, Philadelphia launched the placement of vegetable garden to soak up rainwater. They found a significant reduction in drug possession in these areas.
- Landscaping research in Baltimore found significant decreases in property crimes with “having a well kept lawn, presence of yard trees, hoses, sprinklers, shrubs, and tree cover.”
Through a partnership with Fresh Coast Capital, our aim is to improve the food system while creating attractive and viable communities requiring intentional economic strategies aimed at the promotion of healthy community living through green stormwater infrastructure installations. We address the needs described above by promoting the growth of the small urban farming community, coordinating resources within an improved food system while enhancing economic opportunities in the food and agricultural fields.
Urban Farmer and Food System Certification Teen Internship Program (Teens 15-19) includes classroom education, field experience and a community service project. This program runs summers, starting in 2017.
Urban Farmer Apprenticeship Program or UFAP (adults 18 and up). This program runs May through October, beginning in 2018, Details coming soon