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You don't have to journey to a rural paradise to find the farm of the future. It's your neighbor's suburban lawn, the roof of your uptown condominium, or the co-op market garden in the vacant lot down the street. Urban Agriculture is a detailed look at how food is taking root in our cities. It offers inspirational advice and working examples to help you dig inand become more self-sufficient with your own food choices.

Taking the local food movement to its next logical step, this fully-illustrated, design-rich guide presents a cornucopia of proven ideas for:

  • Windowsill and balcony growing
  • Edible landscaping
  • Farming the commons
  • Community gardening, from allotments to orchards
  • Taking urban agriculture to the next level with creative spaces, bigger lots and higher yields.

Urban Agriculture is about shaping a new food system that values people and the planet above profits. First-time farmers and green thumbs alike will be inspired by working examples and expert interviews to get growing.Proving that the city of the future will be green and tasty, this book is packed with edible solutions for anyone keen to join the new foodrevolution.

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David Tracey is a journalist and environmental designer who operates EcoUrbanist in Vancouver. He is Executive Director of Tree City Canada, a non-profit ecological engagement group.

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Pushy June 28 2011
By Reilly O. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book read more like a sermon on green living than it did a handbook on urban farming. The author was pretty pushy with his viewpoints. I would have enjoyed some more practical tips on implementing urban farming techniques instead of a lecture on the ills of modern society.
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Environmental Activism instead of Garden-Focused June 17 2011
By Char Stanton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Page 10 includes a "The usual disclaimers" but then states: "I feel bound to explain that although I've been lucky enough to earn my keep for the last five years in urban argiculture, I don't farm for a living. The fields I cultivate are in polictics and the environment. I work through design, advocacy, community organizing and education. I don't grow crops for the market."

While I didn't expect the author to be a professional farmer I did expect more than a flag waving save the planet book by a community organizer. There are many books I've enjoyed which described how to develop a garden to help to sustain myself and my family and share with others but this book is really geared toward developing community gardens. This isn't a problem for me either, but it came across to me as over the top environmentalism with such phrases as "trashing the planet". If you are interested in that perspective, then you might like this book but I found it so judgemental I couldn't get to the information about growing an urgan garden, which I'm sure is in the back of the book somewhere. The term "activist" is not an understatement for this author. One of the "fourteen reasons to start a community garden" included "8. Enhance food democracy." This sounds way too socialist for me. I'm growing food in my garden to share with others but don't plan on forcing others to participate. It describes the fundamental principles of Seikatsu club as "Create a new lifestyle in order to protect environment and health. Stop passive and resource-wasteful lifestyles based on commercialism." I don't deny the negative impact of Monsanto, but I found this book really annoying. The subtitle "Ideas and designs for the new food revolution" also sounds like an accurate description and frankly, disconcerting. Perhaps I'll read the rest of it but I'll have to hold my nose, metaphorically speaking.

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