Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen, 2016, Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City, Athens, The University of Georgia Press, 189 p.
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Upon first glance, an urban farm appears to jut from a landscape of concrete and steel, compelling the passerby to take stock of the abundance of plants and pollinators. Observe a little longer and the people that till the soil and foster the agricultural conditions come into focus. All abilities, ages, ethnicities, races, genders, sexualities, nationalities, and religions grow food in cities. Even municipal governments, businesses, health advocates, non-profits, and grassroots organizations throughout the USA are touting the benefits of urban agriculture for many different groups. Given the longstanding association of cities with entrenched social problems, this is a welcome respite. For some, urban agriculture may even be a key solution.
But who has the power to shape common conceptions of urban agriculture? Who do economic and political elites, funders, and the media listen to? Who receives resources to accomplish their goals? What discourses and strategies are considered...