From Floating Food Forests to Vacant Lot Crops, Urban Farming Is Taking Root Across America

by Sher Watts Spooner

from: dailykos.com

More than 1,500 community gardens have been started on vacant land in Detroit alone in recent years.

This is a lot bigger than putting some tomato and zucchini plants in your backyard. These are local efforts, city by city, neighborhood by neighborhood, to convert vacant land in America’s cities into small farms.

Sometimes it’s not even vacant land. In New York City, for instance, there are plans this summer for a floating food forest on a barge going up and down the Hudson River that will let people come and pick produce—for free.

Other urban farms are on rooftops. Some are along traffic median strips. Some are indoor vertical farms. Some are mobile farms that go from vacant lot to vacant lot, moving when land is developed and the garden must move to another open spot. Others are intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations. And some stretch over acres of urban land, like a project in Seattle that invites residents to work together to plant and harvest—all for free.

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More than 1,500 community gardens have been started on vacant land in Detroit alone in recent years.

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