If Urban Farms Can’t Feed Us, What Are They Good For?

Change.org’s Sustainable Food cause.
by Jason Mark October 02, 2010 06:00 AM (PT)

Jason Mark is a columnist for Change.org’s Sustainable Food cause. He is a co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots and the editor of Earth Island Journal. When he’s not writing, he co-manages San Francisco’s Alemany Farm, a four-acre organic fruit and vegetable garden in the city.

To hear the media tell it, urban farming is all the rage. Take, as just one example, the happenings here in the eco-chic San Francisco Bay Area. At the newly created Hayes Valley Farm, the San Francisco Bay Guardian reports that a small staff and a huge crowd of volunteers have created a “freeway food forest” on what used to be a traffic on-ramp. On the other side of town, the New York Times adds that the two-woman team that runs Little City Gardens is breaking ground in reforming San Francisco’s zoning laws around the selling of local produce. In Berkeley, Spiral Gardens recently chalked up an award from the East Bay Express, joining Oakland food programs City Slicker Farms and People’s Grocery as a press darling. And photo editors at the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle can’t resist running (and re-running) bucolic pics of San Francisco’s Alemany Farm, which I help to manage.

Lire l’article:  http://food.change.org/blog/view/if_urban_farms_cant_feed_us_what_are_they_good_for


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