A food bill for San Francisco
Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development
Food for the Cities [pdf]
Urban Agriculture News
Urban Agriculture: Real Food and the People Who Grow It [Quick Time, iTunes]
Humans have enjoyed green spaces in cities for millennia, and while not all of them have been as elaborate as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, they remain greatly appreciated as sites for quiet contemplation and nature-watching. In addition to green spaces of leisure, humans have also grown various crops and such close to their homes. This began to change in the past few centuries as land around cities became more valuable and most agricultural activities migrated some distance from the center city. Over the past few years, there has been a growing interest in the practice of urban agriculture, and a number of cities have made vigorous headway in supporting such initiatives. Cities that have recently started such initiatives include Denver and New York, and a number of other cities are positioned to create a number of working rooftop plant gardens as well. These projects have received support from many groups and organizations, and given the success of such projects in other parts of the world (including cities in Asia and Latin America), policy makers and those with a dedicated green thumb remain optimistic.
The first link will take visitors to an article from this Tuesday's New West online magazine, based in Missoula, Montana. Here they can read about the practice of urban agriculture and also connect with other sites on the web that provide details about creating a rooftop garden. Moving on, the second link offers some commentary from the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Christopher Cook on Congress's Farm Bill, which could have major implications for the worlds of both urban and organic agriculture. The third link leads to a great document on urban agriculture and sustainable development written by Luc J.A. Mougeot for the International Development Resource Centre. The fourth link takes users to the homepage of the Food for Cities initiative, which is a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The fifth link leads visitors to the homepage of Urban Agriculture, which is a news aggregating service that presents links to stories that deal with different aspects of this area. The sixth link will take visitors on a tour of Greenroofs.com. As its name implies, the site features a cornucopia of material on creating "green roofs" and links to upcoming events and seminars related to this rather unique area of sustainable development. The last link leads to a great discussion with Michael Ableman, a noted urban agriculturalist, who offers comments on dry farming, urban green houses, and so on.