Urban Agriculture and Food Activism
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Food Studies
Course Number: NFDS 3720
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
"This course explores urban agriculture’s role in the urban environment, both internationally and in the United States. As a class, we examine various forms, functions, organizational models, and motivations for engaging in city farming and gardening. We consider how forms such as community gardens, community farms, school gardens, and commercial urban agriculture have been integrated into the urban fabric to produce social and environmental benefits. We examine challenges faced by practitioners, and ways in which urban agriculture can reproduce social injustices and environmental risks. Links between urban agriculture and contemporary social movements for urban sustainability and justice are also examined. Throughout the semester we explore our own positionality as university-based stakeholders in the local urban food system. These concepts of urban agriculture and food activism provide grounding for a scholar-activist project conducted in partnership with community-based urban agriculture organizations. The course includes guest lectures and field trips, as well as participation in the community project."
Course Open to: Degree Students