The Future of Urban Farms… or Community Gardens… or Are They One and the Same?

Urban farming is certainly an emerging trend across the country, and has been implicated as a means of addressing community problems like vacant and blighted land, food deserts, obesity and malnutrition, and food illiteracy. Individuals, community groups, and non-profits are snapping up unused parcels and quickly setting up small, productive agricultural plots. Clearly it has overall benefit for people, communities and the environment. But one has to ask, is this really the traditional community garden paradigm with a new catch phrase, or are there true substantive differences? Furthermore, what is the future of the trend that has been the darling of the environmental movement as of late? Let’s explore this.

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