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Webinar: Urban Agriculture - Economics, Successes and Challenges

Research, Outreach and Education Implications for the Northeast. Presented on 6/27/2014.

Urban agriculture — including its economics, successes, and challenges — was the topic of a free web-based seminar hosted by Center Scholar Dr. Doolarie Singh-Knights of West Virginia University on Friday, June 27. A recording of the webinar is available here.

More than 80 people participated in the webinar, which was moderated by Singh-Knights and Center Director Stephan Goetz.

The webinar comprised two presentations by urban agriculture experts. The first, titled "Urban Farms, Access to Land and Earning a Living from the Land," was presented by Carolyn Dimitri, an applied economist with expertise in food systems and food policy. She is currently on the faculty of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health of New York University. Dimitri is widely recognized as a leading expert on the procurement and marketing of organic food, and has published extensively on the distribution, processing, retailing, and consumption of organic food. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2010, Dimitri worked as a research economist at the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture for more than a decade. She is a member of the Scientific Board of the Organic Center, and is an Associate Editor of the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. She earned a PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BA in Economics from the University at Buffalo. 

The second presentation, "Urban Farming in Baltimore City: Challenges and Opportunities," was presented by Melissa Poulsen, a fifth year PhD student in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Center for a Livable Future-Lerner fellow. Her research interests center on the intersection of food systems, public health, and the environment. Specifically, her dissertation research explores the social considerations of urban farming, and she has conducted several qualitative studies on urban agriculture in Baltimore. She also worked with the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability to develop the City’s urban agriculture plan. Poulsen received her undergraduate degree in biology from Carleton College in Minnesota and her MPH from the University of Michigan. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, she worked for several years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention implementing behavioral interventions to prevent HIV among youth in sub-Saharan Africa.

Webinar Recording, Presentation Files, and Additional Resources

A recording of the 6/27/2014 NERCRD Urban Agriculture webinar. 73 MB .wmv file.

PDF, 2.5 MB

Presentation file from urban agriculture webinar. Presented by Carolyn Dimitri, New York University, on 6/27/2014. 2.6 MB PDF

PDF, 7.2 MB

Presentation file from urban agriculture webinar. Presented by Melissa Poulsen, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health on 6/27/2014. 7.5 MB PDF

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This guide addresses the changing face of the agricultural industry, and provides support to farmers (and their educators) producing food in urban centers and on the urban fringe. It is a collection of topical factsheets including resources and information to answer the common questions of urban farmers. Published by the Cornell Small Farms Program. 2.9 MB PDF

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This newsletter highlights some of the work being done by the CAUSES Center for Urban Agriculture, which conducts research-based academic and community outreach programs that improve the quality of life and economic opportunity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation and the world. 1.1 MB PDF

Urban agriculture — including its economics, successes, and challenges — was the topic of a free web-based seminar that took place on Friday, June 27. Below are some questions and answers from the session.

For two decades Havana, Cuba, has served as a living laboratory for practitioners and scholars of urban agriculture, particularly in its well-docu­mented role in helping stave off food insecurity during a period of severe resource constraints. Using secondary data, reports by other observers, and structured interviews with 11 of Havana’s urban gardeners, this study examines the challenges and opportunities that urban agriculture has experienced, and will continue to experience, in Cuba’s post-communist society.