Sunday, January 17, 2010

Just a thought -

[Image: Alemany Farm, San Francisco, CA]

Can we imagine ways in which farms are compatible with our built environments - vegetables in a public park, a suburban development centered around the community farm & garden, a neighborhood cooperative vineyard? Productive market farms in developing nations are a well-understood concept, but seem less viable in U.S. at first glance. We create a dichotomy in which food production's rightful place is the (presumed to be) pristine countryside and we cannot conceive of farms in our metropolitan centers of art, commerce and consumption. Farm Plus posits that not only do farms belong in our neighborhoods, our communities, cities, suburbs, parks, easements and edge lands, but that it is already happening if we just know where to look.