Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Center
Thursday November 21 @ 6:00-7:30pm
Urban Farming: Sowing seeds, sowing money
Urban agriculture’s role in local food systems
Urban agriculture has captured the attention of policymakers, urban dwellers, and those involved in the “good food movement.” Yet farming in the city, similar to rural farming, is a risky venture that may not be profitable. As a result, many urban farms are formed as nonprofits rather than traditional, commercial farms, which raises the question of what a farm really is. This question has challenged the two government agencies (Census Bureau and Dept of Agriculture) that have collected data on farm numbers since 1820. Dr. Dimitri will discuss the benefits of urban farming, as well as the challenges facing urban farmers who seek to add to the food that makes up part of the local food system. The analysis is based on findings from a recent survey of urban farms across the US.
Carolyn Dimitri (Associate Professor of Food Studies, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development) is an applied economist who studies food policy and food systems. She is a widely-published leading expert on the production and marketing of organic foods. Her current research is on developments in urban agriculture in 15 US cities, as well as a spatial analysis of the food environment in the borough of Manhattan.
DATE: Thursday November 21
PLACE: Bobst Library, 5th Floor West, Media Viewing Area
Light refreshments will be served.
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