Common Roots: Urban Agriculture’s Potential for Cultivating Deep Democracy

  • David W. McIvorEmail author
  • James Hale


The interest in and enthusiasm for urban agriculture (UA) in urban communities, the non-profit sector, and governmental institutions has grown exponentially over the past decade, and a key part of the appeal of UA is its potential to improve the civic health of a community. In this chapter we provide a theoretical framework—deep democracy—that helps to contextualize nascent attempts at civic agriculture within a broader struggle for democratic practices and relationships. We argue that urban agriculture efforts are well positioned to help citizens cultivate lasting relationships across lines of difference and amidst significant power differentials—relationships that could form the basis of a community's collective capacity to shape its future.


Social Capital Urban Agriculture Food Sovereignty Political Efficacy Democratic Citizenship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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