Agriculture in New York State is not limited to rural areas. Urban agriculture is a growing phenomenon in New York City as well as many upstate cities.
Environmental concerns, food security, improved nutrition, and income generation are key motivations for the practice of urban agriculture. It is often intended to as a means to produce goods for those who lack the means and access to healthy food. In other cases, organic growers, ‘foodies,’ and ‘locavores’ form agricultural enterprises to meet their own specific food needs.
In urban areas, many residents suffer from high rates of obesity and diabetes. There is also a limited sources of fresh produce – often referred to as urban deserts – as well as a lack of available, undeveloped land. This combination of factors has led to a variety of urban agriculture projects such as hydroponic growing, rooftop farms, and community gardens.
Urban agriculture can also be used as an effective educational resource to teach adults and children about agricultural and horticultural techniques, healthy eating and meaningful physical activity.
Urban agriculture can produce a number of benefits including:
As with any human enterprise, urban agriculture initiatives can generate a variety of conflicts and disputes. NYSAMP can help by providing experienced mediators at no or low cost to help resolve these disputes in a way that meets the needs of all parties involved.
Urban agriculture mediations may involve:
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