This is a series of articles that profiles farmers, businesse owners and workers and agtivists who are reinventing urban food systems as this picture of Brooklyn's Eagle Street rooftop farm shows.
The series explores the many alternative food systems taking root in major cities around the US, with profiles of New Orleans, Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland,Philadelphia, and Seattle and agtivists such as Annie Novak, who’s
farming a rooftop in Brooklyn (above), and Gene Fredericks, who’s got a wildly ambitious plan for abandoned big-box retail stores in blighted urban neighborhoods.
It also has practical advice - painless ways to compost, even if you live in a studio apartment, and
some of the ingenious places that urbanites have found to grow food.
The thorny issue of “food justice,” and making sure low-income neighborhoods have access to healthy
fresh food are also discussed and some intersting reading on nouvelle food trucks that are serving up Slow Food-esque fast food to middle-class, but budget-conscious hipsters.
And that’s not all. Public Produce author Darrin Nordahl takes you on a tour of towns that are growing food, not flowers, around public buildings; Kerry Trueman spotlights cities that are leading the way in agriculture-friendly
policies; and Daniel Nairn explores the limits of “agricultural urbanism,” a city-planning model that evangelists believe is key to the livable cities of the future.