There is an obvious community appeal to transforming a forgotten, vacant lot into a green space filled with food and flowers. Beyond breathing life to forlorn spaces, urban agriculture is associated with a host of social, civic and health benefits. Community gardens are places where neighbors develop mutual understanding by working side-by-side and talking face-to-face. They are laboratories where young people learn science and nutrition with their hands in the soil. Local gardening can even diminish crime by eliminating dark spaces that give cover to criminals.
Positioning Communities for Sustainable Urban Agriculture