By Jennifer Kongs
Mother Earth News
Financial savings, love of fresh food and vegetables, concerns over future food security, awareness of the unsustainable nature of modern food systems: Whichever the reason, many people are finding themselves interested in urban gardening and agriculture. This means there are also many people asking, “So, where do I begin?” as they survey their grass-covered, inedible lawn.
New programs at universities and community colleges across the country have started to help people interested in learning to garden, and farm, inside the city limits.
Nonprofit and other grassroots organizations have also been developing along this same vein, with the end goal of creating locally focused sustainable food systems, by training new gardeners and farmers.
Urban Agriculture in the College Classroom
Many universities have added sustainable or urban agriculture to their offerings of degrees and certificate programs. There is a recognized need to train and educate leaders to successfully design and implement sustainable urban food systems. The director of such a program at the University of Georgia, Bobby Wilson, says, “The Atlanta Urban Gardening Program is more than just planting a seed and watching it grow. It’s about growing communities, training new leaders, feeding the hungry and homeless, establishing farmers markets and working with youths and adults through gardening.”
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