Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City

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Nevin Cohen, Policy Fellow
Kristin Reynolds, Research Collaborator
Rupal Sanghvi, Metrics Fellow



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Publication Data

Date: July 2012
Size: 7.75 x 11"
Pages: 169
Binding: Perfect bound
ISBN: 978-0-9777175-6-9
Print run: 2,500
Printed and bound in the USA by Print Craft, Inc. using 10% post-consumer recycled fiber.

Book Design and Information Graphics

Agnieszka Gasparska, Graphic Design Fellow

Urban agriculture is booming in New York City, with more than 700 food-producing urban farms and gardens citywide (that's almost 3 times as many the number of Starbucks franchises!). From schoolyards to the grounds of public housing developments, community gardens to public parks, New Yorkers have reclaimed land in every corner of the city for urban agriculture.

Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City provides the most comprehensive picture of the city's urban agriculture activity to date, recommends initiatives to connect farmers' and gardeners' grassroots efforts to municipal policy, and provides a framework for understanding and measuring how urban agriculture contributes health, social, economic, and ecological benefits to the city.

Through maps, photographs, information graphics and interviews with more than 100 stakeholders, Five Borough Farm illustrates how New York City's community-based farms and gardens create jobs, educate youth, capture stormwater, decrease the city's waste stream, and create safe public spaces.

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Table of Contents

I. Urban Agriculture in NYC
  • Goals & Activities
  • Types of Urban Agriculture
  • Stakeholders
  • Needs & Challenges

II. Metrics
  • Recommended Indicators

III. Policy
  • Formalize City Government's Support for Urban Agriculture
  • Integrate Urban Agriculture into Existing City Policies and Plans
  • Identify Innovative Opportunities to Build Urban Agriculture into the Cityscape
  • Address Disparities in New York City's Urban Agriculture Community
  • Urban Agriculture Grantmaking

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