This course takes an ecosystem approach to the study of urban food production through its intersections with social, cultural, and political dimensions of the urban environment. "Urban Agriculture and Food Justice" examines historic and contemporary forces driving urban agriculture, and the ways that it contributes to processes of gentrification, food security, biodiversity, energy conservation, job creation, human health, and well being.
Economies in cities are dominated by extra-local corporations. The question is “how do communities start to take back control from these corporations?” The answer lies in a methodology for community development called asset-based community development or ABCD. ABCD assumes that people in communities already have skills and talents, but that those skills and talents are under utilized. It is an evolution of popular education, which we will spend the first half of the semester discussing.