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Public Produce : Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities

Author: Darrin Nordahl
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press/Center for Resource Economics : Imprint : Island Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why plant trees that only provide shade when they could yield fruit as well? Why not take advantage of sunny patches at the outskirts of parking lots to grow carrots and strawberries, free for the harvesting? The idea that public land could be used creatively to grow fresh food for local citizens was beginning to gain traction when Public Produce was first published in 2009, but there were few concrete examples of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Darrin Nordahl
ISBN: 9781610915502 161091550X 9781597268677 1597268674
OCLC Number: 918555020
Description: 1 online resource (XII, 204 pages 31 illustrations) : online resource
Contents: 1. Food Security --
2: The Cost of Healthy Calories --
3: Public Space, Public Officials, Public Policy --
4: To Glean and Forage in the City --
5: Maintenance and Aesthetics --
6: Food Literacy --
Conclusion: Community Health and Prosperity.
Responsibility: by Darrin Nordahl.

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Why plant trees that only provide shade when they could yield fruit as well? Why not take advantage of sunny patches at the outskirts of parking lots to grow carrots and strawberries, free for the harvesting? The idea that public land could be used creatively to grow fresh food for local citizens was beginning to gain traction when Public Produce was first published in 2009, but there were few concrete examples of action. Today, things are different: fruits and vegetables are thriving in parks, plazas, along our streets, and around our civic buildings. This revised edition profiles numerous communities and community officials that are rethinking the role of public space in cities, and how our most revered urban gathering spots might nourish both body and soul. Taking readers from inspiration to implementation, Public Produce is chock full of tantalizing images and hearty lessons for bringing agriculture back into our cities.

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