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Urban Agriculture is a movement towards growing and raising more food within densely populated areas of major cities. Today, about 15% of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. Since space is limited in big cities, you may have noticed city gardens sprouting up in smaller spaces (like rooftops or apartment balconies).

A flux of design proposals has emerged over the last few years that respond to the increasing interest in food security and sustainability. They show how urban agriculture can become infrastructure for re-integrating food production into the urban fabric in meaningful ways, eventually becoming, as the authors argue, as imperative to a city’s functioning as public sanitation systems.

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Although the recession is technically over, the (nonfarm) unemployment rate is holding constant at 9.1% and the American public are understandably nervous about their ability to find well-paying middle class jobs. On the food front, Good Food advocates are shifting their focus to promote the job-creating potential of the local food movement. Local food jobs cannot be outsourced, they are Green, the multiplier effect ensures that more money circulates in the region.

Urban Agriculture in DC (Infographic)

"Urban Agriculture" takes a detailed look at how food is taking root in our cities. It offers inspirational advice and working examples to help you dig in and become more self-sufficient with your own food choices. Read an excerpt from "Urban Agriculture" by David Tracey.

Urban Agriculture Conference May 15-17, 2013

Olson Kundig Architects install a mushroom farm inside a Seattle storefront that repurposes the discarded coffee grounds as compost and teaches locals about urban agriculture.