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"At times, Nordahl's vision is overly idealistic or utopian....[H]e concedes that urban farming will meet only a small portion of the nation's food needs, which means that on its own it won't fundamentally alter large-scale agribusiness. But Public Produce is an admirable manifesto that addresses the myriad concerns about the way we grow and consume our food." Scott Kratz, The Wilson Quarterly (Read the entire Wilson Quarterly review)

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Public Produce makes a uniquely contemporary case not for central government intervention, but for local government involvement in shaping food policy. In what Darrin Nordahl calls municipal agriculture, elected officials, municipal planners, local policymakers, and public space designers are turning to the abundance of land under public control (parks, plazas, streets, city squares, parking lots, as well as the grounds around libraries, schools, government offices, and even jails) to grow food.

Public agencies at one time were at best indifferent about, or at worst dismissive of, food production in the city. Today, public officials recognize that food insecurity is affecting everyone, not just the inner-city poor, and that policies seeking to restructure the production and distribution of food to the tens of millions of people living in cities have immediate benefits to community-wide health and prosperity.

This book profiles urban food growing efforts, illustrating that there is both a need and a desire to supplement our existing food production methods outside the city with opportunities inside the city. Each of these efforts works in concert to make fresh produce more available to the public. But each does more too: reinforcing a sense of place and building community; nourishing the needy and providing economic assistance to entrepreneurs; promoting food literacy and good health; and allowing for serendipitous sustenance. There is much to be gained, Nordahl writes, in adding a bit of agrarianism into our urbanism.

About the Author

Darrin Nordahl is the city designer at the Davenport Design Center, which was formed in 2003 as a division of the Community & Economic Development Department of the City of Davenport, Iowa. He has taught in the planning program at the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of My Kind of Transit.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Serendipity

 

Chapter 1. Food Security

Chapter 2. Public Space, Public Officials, Public Policy 

Chapter 3. To Glean and Forage in the City

Chapter 4. Maintenance and Aesthetics

Chapter 5. Food Literacy

Conclusion: Community Health and Prosperity

 

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Notes

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Doug, November 1, 2009 (view all comments by Doug)
It is about time someone wrote 'clearly' about this issue. Good work Darrin - if just one person in public office in each city or government entity would read this book, we very well may be able to change the shape of our public places - from waste-lands of energy gobblers to energy producers.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781597265881
Author:
Nordahl, Darrin
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Food supply -- United States.
Subject:
Urban agriculture - United States
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Business Writing
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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