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Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution

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You don't have to journey to a rural paradise to find the farm of the future. It's your neighbors 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 in and become mo ...more
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by New Society Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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The author is very passionate about urban farming, which is a good thing, but if you have decided to read this, you probably don't need a lecture on why you should be growing food in the city. Some good examples of city gardens but not enough usful information to go along with all of the conviction that the author has. City Farmer by Lorraine Johnson was better
Most of the book is a case for why people can & should grow their own food. For those of us who already buy into that way of thinking this book doesnt have much "how to" information.
Sep 18, 2011 josh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: environmentalists, urban agriculturists, community activists, etc...
Recommended to josh by: saw it on the shelf @ UAPL
another excellent urban agriculture book! this is not at all the 1st urban / organic ag book I've read this year, but it certainly was enjoyable. Tracey presents a number of options for people with and without land. utilizing public spaces, co-ops, window units, aquaponic setups, asking neighbors to use part of their land in exchange for part of the harvest.... the potentials are limited only by the creativity of the farmer. the author limits his discussion on how to grow and instead focuses on ...more
I got the Kindle edition via NYPL, didn't get sucked in enough to finish it. Sure, I had other stuff distracting me, but mostly I think the problem was that I didn't run into anything exciting and new enough to keep me reading. I wasn't so turned off that I'm ruling out giving it another try, but... yeah.

Update, 11 March 2012: turns out I can keep library ebooks past their due date if I don't sync my phone or read where there's data service, mwa ha ha! So I finished this after all, and there wer
This book is a great source to start with. It gives alot of reasons why you should start a garden. Pumps you up to start your own garden, not too many tips tho.
Terry Megeney
Not much here unless you have a backyard. I picked up one idea about a way to recycle pop bottles, but its nothing that I could not have found on the Internet. Not too much here really. Didn't so much read it as skim through it looking for ideas and finding...few. Probably better suited for someone in the southern U.S.
I'm a farmer, and the organization I work for, Growing Power, is mentioned several times here. Still, despite that flattery, I wasn't all that impressed. It might be a fun book for beginners, but I found that Tracey adds too much "fluff" - too much pointless commentary that wasn't even very funny. I did learn a few things, and I did get a few ideas for the garden Jo and I plant. So that's nice.
As a beginner I did pick up a few tips in this book but nothing like what I was hoping for, which was a more in depth, "how-to", look at growing and getting started with gardening in the city. Most of the time I was just put off by all the extra commentary. The writer could have done a much better job at not politicizing his views and instead making this a handy, easy to use, resourceful book.
this was a great overview to what is going on in the urban agriculture movements it was inspiring and informative. The only problem was it only touched the surface of so many topics fun to read but if you really want to learn how to grow food pick a different book,
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