What is urban agriculture? 1.) Field 2.) Application 3.) Impact Millions of citizens are restricted by their socioeconomic status or their location in urban food deserts making sustainable access to healthy food nearly impossible. PROBLEM COMPONENTS Lack of interdisciplinary collaboration/knowledge Lack of cross-cultural exposure/knowledge Geographic & socioeconomic restrictions
Problem Statement (What is the current state?) There is a lack of interdisciplinary knowledge and collaboration among academics and practitioners in the field of urban agriculture. Fragmented designs and policies do not efficiently meet the needs of sustainable and healthy food access. Ensuring access to nutritious food for all residents is a task that requires the collaboration of many different individuals such as the policy makers, business owners, and famers. The way institutions are structured lends itself to industry based solutions as opposed to interdisciplinary collaboration. (i.e. 5 million dollars is spent on research on food sustainability from research centers on farming. There are over 2,000 urban farms in NYC alone, yet none of the 5 million dollars spent on this research is going towards practice and not one of the urban farms was used in research.)
What are you looking to see? How does Rootstock address this?? Mix Theory & Practice: The most efficient and sustainable way to address this challenge is through collaborative urban agriculture. (New solution needed to explain why urban agriculture is better when people can collaborate from different locations and disciplines) Collaborative Urban Agriculture When food is grown and produced within cities, particularly in low-income areas, communities not only become more engaged and empowered by becoming active participants of the food distribution system, but cities become more sustainable, and residents’ health improves.
Facilitating access to sustainable food sources in our cities creates a ripple effect that helps to address health, poverty, and environmental issues.
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RootstockHands-on Blackboard Hands-on Blackboard for Urban Agriculture
Rootstock is/opportunity Theory Practice “Hands-On Blackboard for Urban Agriculture”
Rootstock is/education User Name Rootstock Implement learning Password Login/Register EXCHANGE NEWS TOPIC: What are current opportunities for urban agriculture expansion? Select class NYU Stern: BUSINESS Univ of Ghana, Poly: ENGINEERING NYU Wagner: POLICY Powered by: VideoX ChatX DISCUSS Post a new question: ResourceX Jackie: I got amazing feedback on creating an irrigation system for my urban farm in Brooklyn from an engineering student.
Rootstock is/exchange Rootstock Implement learning VideoX TOPIC: What are current opportunities for urban agriculture expansion? NYU Wagner: Policy Select class NYU Stern: BUSINESS Univ of Ghana, Poly: ENGINEERING NYU Wagner: POLICY DISCUSSION KEY POINTS: Kermit: First, you should conduct a local survey to determine community unmet needs for food sustainability. Rolf: Great Idea, Kermit. Do you have any suggestions on what type of questions we could include on our survey? Animal: Maybe you could focus the survey on three main topics regarding business, policy, and design logistics.
Rootstock is/teamJacqueline Burton Laura Manley David Margolis Urban Agriculturalist Founder Education Specialist Laura Manley Founder Advisors Ted Bongiovanni, Director of NYU Distance Learning Shankar Prasad, Policy Professor at NYU Wagner Matthew Hoffman, Urban Agriculture Professor at NYU Food Studies Dept.