Sowing Seeds in the City

Ecosystem and Municipal Services

  • Sally Brown
  • Kristen McIvor
  • Elizabeth Hodges Snyder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Soil and Water Resources

  3. Ecosystem Services – Waste Treatment

  4. Ecosystem Services – Climate Regulation

  5. Ecosystem Services – Habitat

About this book


Urban agriculture has the potential to change our food systems, enhance habitat in our cities, and to morph urban areas into regions that maximize rather than disrupt ecosystem services. The potential impacts of urban agriculture on a range of ecosystem services including soil and water conservation, waste recycling, climate change mitigation, habitat, and food production is only beginning to be recognized. Those impacts are the focus of this book. Growing food in cities can range from a tomato plant on a terrace to a commercial farm on an abandoned industrial site. Understanding the benefits of these activities across scales will help this movement flourish. Food can be grown in community gardens, on roofs, in abandoned industrial sites and next to sidewalks. The volume includes sections on where to grow food and how to integrate agriculture into municipal zoning and legal frameworks.


ecosystem education public health renewable resources urban agriculture Food Production waste treatment Wildlife Habitat Sustainable communities

Editors and affiliations

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-7451-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-7453-6
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