Five Borough Farm, a project of the Design Trust for Public Space, offers a roadmap to farmers and gardeners, City officials, and other stakeholders to understand and weigh the benefits of urban agriculture. Phase I (2009-12) was conducted in partnership with Added Value. Phase II (September 2012 - March 2014) was conducted in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Phase III, in collaboration with Farming Concrete, will run from March through December 2014.
There are more than 700 farms and gardens throughout the five boroughs of New York City that grow food (that's almost 3 times as many as the number of Starbucks franchises in the city). From schoolyards to the grounds of public housing developments, community gardens to public parks, New Yorkers have reclaimed land in every corner of the city for urban agriculture. Read more
Urban agriculture is about more than just growing food. The city’s farmers and gardeners contribute to a wide range of health, social, environmental, and economic benefits, many of which align with the goals of government agencies. How can the urban agriculture community track and measure the impacts of their work, and how can this information inform citywide policy? Read more
Urban agriculture can be defined as growing fruits, herbs and vegetables, and raising animals in cities, a process that is accompanied by many other complementary activities such as processing and distributing food, collecting and reusing food waste and rainwater, and educating, organizing and employing local residents. Read more
Urban agriculture involves over a dozen government agencies, hundreds of farms and gardens, and many individuals in all five boroughs. New York City government, along with private- and nonprofit partners, has many opportunities to strengthen the growing urban agriculture movement, and secure its place in the city's landscape. Read more