Urbanism

Guerrillas Gone

September 14, 2011 | by Nathaniel Popkin

Photo by Bradley Maule PhillySkyline.com/MauleofAmerica.com

The Food Trust reports 150,000 shoppers at its 26 farmers markets; Farm to City operates 15 more.

With Mill Creek Farm, Greensgrow, and Weavers Way as mainstays, urban farming is growing. But half of all community–or guerilla–gardens are gone.

Deindustrialization created the climate for community vegetable and ornamental gardens, which took off in Philly in the 1970s. By 1994, there were 501 community vegetable gardens. In 2008, there were 226, according to an excellent study by Penn’s Dominic Vitiello and Michael Nairn. Why–and what does this mean for the reuse of vacant land, poverty, and food insecurity? More tomorrow, in Possible City.

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Nathaniel Popkin Hidden City Daily co-founder Nathaniel Popkin’s latest novel, "The Year of the Return," explores race and loss in a year of upheaval, 1976. His book To "Reach the Spring: From Complicity to Consciousness in an Age of Eco-Crisis" is forthcoming in December 2020.

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