2 Inspiring and Innovative Urban-Food Projects

| 8/9/2016 1:18:00 PM

Tags: food policy, urban homesteading, urban sustainability, urban farming, food deserts, New York, Joshua Burman Thayer,

A strange floating craft has docked in the South Bronx. Bobbing and swaying with the outgoing tide, now grow plants sending new roots out into fertile organic soil. Why would food be growing on a raft docked in the South Bronx, you ask?

New York City currently prohibits the cultivation of edible plants in public spaces in all 5 boroughs. While the health concern for tainted soil in an urban area is an important concern, many citizens  feel that edible crops should be incorporated into our commons.

As modern urban dwellers more and more demand healthy organic foods, many are turning to within the cities own green spaces to find ways to create community abundance within “the cities walls”. As shipping costs and food prices continue to rise, a movement to partake in local community food production is on the rise.

Some cities like New York are too worried about liability perhaps to sanction such positive victory gardens. However, during World War II, more than 20 million Americans grew “Victory Gardens” to supplement the hard times of war rationing.

Since NYC will not allow such a demonstration on land, a group of activists have turned to the Seas, or the Bronx River to be exact. Why the Bronx River, you ask? The South Bronx is one of the nation’s largest food distribution centers, and yet is considered a “Food Desert” where liquor stores outnumber grocery stores.

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