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Breaking Through Concrete : Building an Urban Farm Revival

ISBN: 9780520270541 | 0520270541
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Pub. Date: 1/30/2012

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Which came first, the city or the farm? People have always grown food in urban spaces--on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks--but today, urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that transforms our national food system. All across America, entrepreneurs and activists are taking over vacant lots and tearing up pavement to create businesses and communities from beds of kale, tomatoes, squash, and beans. To explore this agricultural renaissance, brothers David and Michael Hanson and urban farmer Edwin Marty document twelve successful urban farm programs, from an alternative school for girls in Detroit, to a backyard food swap in New Orleans, to a restaurant supply garden on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Each beautifully illustrated essay offers practical advice for budding farmers, such as composting and keeping livestock in the city, decontaminating toxic soil, even changing zoning laws. This book will inspire readers to join other passionate visionaries and add to the growing patchwork of vegetable gardens that are forever changing our cities.

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