Urban Agriculture Putting Down Roots In Central Cities

<p>Urban farms are popping up in New York and elsewhere, providing residents with access to fresh, affordable produce.</p>
May 9, 2008, 1pm PDT | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"For years, New Yorkers have grown basil, tomatoes and greens in window boxes, backyard plots and community gardens. But more and more New Yorkers like the Wilkses are raising fruits and vegetables, and not just to feed their families but to sell to people on their block.

This urban agriculture movement has grown even more vigorously elsewhere. Hundreds of farmers are at work in Detroit, Milwaukee, Oakland and other areas that, like East New York, have low-income residents, high rates of obesity and diabetes, limited sources of fresh produce and available, undeveloped land.

Local officials and nonprofit groups have been providing land, training and financial encouragement. But the impetus, in almost every case, has come from the farmers, who often till when their day jobs are done, overcoming peculiarly urban obstacles."

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Published on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 in The New York Times
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