Sowing Seeds in the City

Human Dimensions

  • Elizabeth Hodges Snyder
  • Kristen McIvor
  • Sally Brown

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Bill Yosses
    Pages 1-8
  3. Perspectives on Food Security and the Impacts of Urban Agriculture

  4. Individual and Community Health Benefits of Urban Agriculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Katherine Alaimo, Caroline Crawford, Elizabeth Hodges Snyder
      Pages 65-75
    3. Caroline Crawford, Katherine Alaimo
      Pages 77-87
    4. Nancy A. Nix
      Pages 89-100
  5. Managing the Risks of Urban Agriculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Kirsten Schwarz
      Pages 135-145
    3. John F. Obrycki, Kristen K. Minca, Nicholas T. Basta
      Pages 147-154
    4. Ganga M. Hettiarachchi, Chammi P. Attanayake, Phillip P. Defoe, Sabine E. Martin
      Pages 155-170
  6. Democracy, Ethics, and Sovereignty in Urban Agriculture

  7. Research on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Shannon Donovan, Renata Ballesteros-Lopez, Liza Root, Shaina Seidner, Carol McCarty, Elizabeth Hodges Snyder
      Pages 215-245
    3. Nicole Llorens-Monteserin, Howard Rosing
      Pages 269-277
  8. Urban Agriculture Programming and Education – Non-Profit Organizations

  9. Urban Agriculture Programming and Education: Cities, Universities, Entrepreneurs, and Religious Groups

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 401-405

About this book


A majority of the world’s population lives in cities. Urban areas have largely been disconnected from the processes associated with producing food. A broad range of community efforts have emerged to reconnect people in urban areas to fresh foods with expected benefits for public health.  These efforts can be found in cities across the country and cross both economic and ethnic lines. They have been led by the non- scientific community and are best characterized as social movements. Expansion of agriculture to non- traditional areas including community or kitchen gardens in urban or peri- urban environments has the potential to provide a range of ecosystem services as well as reduce stressors on non- urban environments. These services/benefits include improved public health, improved human nutrition and diet, large-scale production of renewable resources, increased food security with less resilience on traditional agricultural landscapes and seascapes, enhanced ecosystem function in urban areas, and increased public appreciation for and understanding of ecosystem services.  ​


ecosystem education public health renewable resources urban agriculture Seeds

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Hodges Snyder
    • 1
  • Kristen McIvor
    • 2
  • Sally Brown
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health SciencesUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  2. 2.Harvest Pierce CountyPierce Conservation DistrictPuyallupUSA
  3. 3.School of Environmental & Forest ScienceUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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