Breaking Through Concrete: Building an Urban Farm Revival

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University of California Press, 2012 - Gardening - 181 pages
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"There's a conviction among many sustainable agriculture advocates that the best way to move agriculture forward is to look back. The hope is to return to an exalted era in agriculture, to the kind of rural scene fit for a Rockwell painting or a Shaker Village--to food grown the old fashioned way. "Breaking Through Concrete" is not that, which is exactly the point. This ode to urban farming is not nostalgic (those are skyscrapers in the background, not silos), but instructive. It's a beautiful, gritty and very real portrait of the possibilities for the future of food." -- Dan Barber, Executive Chef & Co-owner of Blue Hill
"A road map to the future of America. A blueprint of possibilities. A book full of remarkable stories of neighborhood visionaries, stories of people who grow community in their gardens. Where others see trouble, they see food and hope." --NPR's Kitchen Sisters
"Finally, a book on the full continuum of urban agriculture in America, replete with inspiring images of the people and places behind today's city-grown food. Hanson and Marty tell these stories with such admiration for their subjects you'll want to bestow hero status to city farmers." --Darrin Nordahl, author of "Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture"
""Breaking Through Concrete" will satisfy readers hungry for a broad perspective on urban agriculture. The beautiful stories and photographs of successful programs throughout North America, combined with practical 'how to' guides, provides a valued resource for practitioners, advocates, scholars, and gardeners." --Laura Lawson, author of "City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America"
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Neighborhood Garden
13
The Farm as Therapy
25
The Historic Farm
39
The Garden as Community
53
The Farm for Profit
67
Backyards of Bounty
79
The Education and Production Farm
91
The Rooftop Farm
117
The Alternative Curriculum Farm
129
The Job Training Farm
141
The Periurban Farm
153
Conclusion
169
Acknowledgments
180
Recommended Reading
181
Copyright

The Nonprofit ForProfit Farm
103

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About the author (2012)

David Hanson is a freelance writer and photographer. Edwin Marty is founder of Jones Valley Urban Farm in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael Hanson is an award-winning travel photographer. Mark Winne is the author of Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners and Smart-Cookin' Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture.

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