Agricultural Urbanism: Handbook for Building Sustainable Food & Agriculture Systems in 21st Century Cities

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Janine M. De La Salle, Mark Holland
Green Frigate Books, 2010 - Architecture - 250 pages
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Our awareness of the significant challenge our food supply faces in the 21st century is growing rapidly. However, few people offer more than a suggestion that we all grow our own food in our backyard or balcony, attend a farmers' market, and lobby for global change. This book, rooted in a sustainable food system approach and written by leaders in planning and design, outlines a powerful strategy for understanding and taking action on the full scope of sustainable food system opportunities in cities and how we build them.

This book takes sustainable food systems far beyond the community garden and the buying of local food and into strategies for supporting local food processing, wholesale and marketing, education and training programs, and celebration and culture around food, ensuring access to health food for all. Agricultural Urbanism has been declared as the next our big movement for New Urbanism in the 21st century as we grapple with how to make our cities not only more sustainable but also great places to live. This book outlines key strategies to create magnetic and unique agriculture and food precincts and community places where food is celebrated all year round.

Authored by the most innovative and leading thinkers and practitioners in the Southwest of Canada, this book offers a new and exciting concept of agricultural urbanism that unifies urban and rural in a previously unconceived way.

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About the author (2010)

Janine de la Salle is the director of the sustainable-food-system practice at HB Lanarc Consultants in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council. Mark Holland is an accredited planner and landscape architect at HB Lanarc Consultants.

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