Carbon Farming and Climate Change Education on Urban Farms Posted on March 12, 2020 (August 10, 2020) by Years2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 FuturArc Webinar Series Survey FAQ 30-day free access to FuturArc App CategoriesMain Feature City Profile Showcase Commentary Commentary / 1st Quarter 2020 Carbon Farming and Climate Change Education on Urban Farms by Alana Siegner March 12, 2020 At an urban farm in the San Francisco Bay Area on a Wednesday morning, a diverse group of people gathers in anticipation of the weekly free farm stand. Customers line up to select from a variety of fresh farm herbs and vegetables, as well as organic food items donated from local groceries and bread bakeries. Multiple languages coincide and music plays from an outdoor speaker as greetings and food are exchanged. “Urban farms can be havens of peace, health and community, but they require heavy involvement and advocacy from those communities for the long term in order to be successful,” East Bay urban farmer. Artichokes growing in soil amended with biochar co-compost (Photo courtesy of Alana Siegner) In cities across the United States and the world, urban farms are cropping up as local food alternatives to the globalised food supply chain. They also represent sites of resistance to a corporate-dominated global food system that does not offer equitable, affordable, sustainable and culturally acceptable food to all people. While urban farms have existed for much of human history as a vital food resource for urbanites, the modern trend of urban farm establishment has grown particularly since the 2010s. The intertwining motivations for modern urban farms are extensive, encompassing a ‘grow your own’ ethos; efforts to expand food access, sovereignty and justice; greening the city movements; cultural preservation; and efforts to improve health, nutrition and well-being of urban residents. Urban farms can be “havens of peace, health and community”, according to one farmer in San Francisco’s East Bay region. They can also be important urban resources for climate change mitigation and education. References Clinton, N. et al. A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture. Earth’s Future. 10 January 2018. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017EF000536 Grewal, S. S., & Grewal, P. S. (2012). Can cities become self-reliant in food? Cities, 29(1), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2011.06.003 Marris, E. “How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change.” New York Times Opinion. 10 January, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/opinion/how-to-help-climate-change.html Wynes, S. and Nicholas, K. The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions. Environmental Resource Letters. 12 July 2017. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0264275111000692 https://localcarbon.net/ https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/12/26/biochar-climate-changer-farmers https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/food/biochar https://www.allpowerlabs.com/news/a-perspective-on-terra-preta-and-biochar.html To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues. Previously Published Commentary Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021 A look back at 2021: Meeting Green targets; projects that make the most of what exists; and ideas taking shape Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature2021 A look back at 2021: Meeting Green targets; projects that make the most of what exists; and ideas taking shape Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 A Singapore Perspective: Carbon Goals for the Built Environment Commentary4th Quarter 2021 A Singapore Perspective: Carbon Goals for the Built Environment Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong: A model for high-rise, high-density sub-tropical built environments Commentary4th Quarter 2021 Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong: A model for high-rise, high-density sub-tropical built environments Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 A Case Study from China: Low-carbon building innovations are changing future architecture Commentary4th Quarter 2021 A Case Study from China: Low-carbon building innovations are changing future architecture Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 Brazil’s Favelas: A model for Green architecture and sustainable living Commentary4th Quarter 2021 Brazil’s Favelas: A model for Green architecture and sustainable living Commentary / 3rd Quarter 2021 Greening Asia’s City Streets: Why All Cities Should Prioritise Green Walking Commentary3rd Quarter 2021 Greening Asia’s City Streets: Why All Cities Should Prioritise Green Walking Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.