Outside Publication

Urban Agriculture Takes Root, Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

October 2010

Defined loosely as localized small-scale agriculture within an urban setting, urban agriculture is changing the way we think about land use while offering possibilities for those living in poverty. All across the country, farms and gardens are springing up in backyards, abandoned lots, and in the shadows of once great symbols of industrial progress.

The potential benefits are vast and range from improved nutrition to job creation, increased home values to improved public safety, and educational opportunities to community ownership. From an environmental perspective, urban agriculture also can sequester carbon, reduce energy use, and increase awareness about our natural world.