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Public Produce: Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities

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Plum and pear trees shade park benches in Kamloops, British Columbia. Tomatoes and cucumbers burst forth from planters at City Hall in Provo, Utah. Strawberries and carrots flourish along the sunny sidewalks of a Los Angeles neighborhood.and#160;

The idea that public land could be used creatively to grow fresh food for local citizens was beginning to gain traction when Public Produce was first published in 2009, but there were few concrete examples of action. Today, things are different: fruits and vegetables are thriving in parks, plazas, along our streets, and around our civic buildings.

This revised edition of Public Produce profiles the many communities and community officials that are rethinking the role of public space in cities, and shows how places as diverse as parking lots and playgrounds can sustain health and happiness through fresh produce. But these efforts produce more than food. Revitalizing urban areas, connecting residents with their neighborhoods, and promoting healthier lifestyles are just a few of the community goods we harvest from growing fruits and vegetables in our public gathering spots.

Taking readers from inspiration to implementation, Public Produce is chock full of tantalizing images and hearty lessons for bringing agriculture back into our cities.

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Why plant trees that only provide shade when they could yield fruit as well? Why not take advantage of sunny patches at the outskirts of parking lots to grow carrots and strawberries, free for the harvesting? The idea that public land could be used creatively to grow fresh food for local citizens was beginning to gain traction when Public Produce was first published in 2009, but there were few concrete examples of action. Today, things are different: fruits and vegetables are thriving in parks, plazas, along our streets, and around our civic buildings. This revised edition profiles numerous communities and community officials that are rethinking the role of public space in cities, and how our most revered urban gathering spots might nourish both body and soul. Taking readers from inspiration to implementation, Public Produce is chock full of tantalizing images and hearty lessons for bringing agriculture back into our cities.

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About the Author

Darrin Nordahl is an award-winning writer on issues of food and city design. He completed his bachelors degree in landscape architecture at the University of California at Davis and his masters degree in urban design at Cal-Berkeley. From 2006 to 2012, he was the City Designer at the Davenport Design Center, in Davenport, Iowa.  He currently lives and writes in Berkeley, California and is the author of Making Transit Fun!, My Kind of Transit, and a forthcoming book on local food traditions in Appalachia.

Table of Contents

Flashback: Notes on the Updated Edition

Introduction: A Guerrilla on Strawberry Street

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Chapter 1. Food Security

Chapter 2. The Cost of Healthy C0alories

Chapter 3. Public Space, Public Officials, Public Policy

Chapter 4. To Glean and Forage in the City

Chapter 5. Maintenance and Aesthetics

Chapter 6. Food Literacy

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Conclusion: Community Health and Prosperity

Acknowledgements

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781610915496
Author:
Nordahl, Darrin
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Business Writing
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
20140931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
33 photographs
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Why plant trees that only provide shade when they could yield fruit as well? Why not take advantage of sunny patches at the outskirts of parking lots to grow carrots and strawberries, free for the harvesting? The idea that public land could be used creatively to grow fresh food for local citizens was beginning to gain traction when Public Produce was first published in 2009, but there were few concrete examples of action. Today, things are different: fruits and vegetables are thriving in parks, plazas, along our streets, and around our civic buildings. This revised edition profiles numerous communities and community officials that are rethinking the role of public space in cities, and how our most revered urban gathering spots might nourish both body and soul. Taking readers from inspiration to implementation, Public Produce is chock full of tantalizing images and hearty lessons for bringing agriculture back into our cities.

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