Netherlands: Urban agriculture in New York: green solutions

Urban agriculture in New York is making a substantial contribution to solving many big-city issues. The phenomenon isn't a new one. In the seventies and eighties Community Gardens were established in poor neighborhoods, allowing for water storage, social cohesion, education and fresh food for local residents. Project manager Niko Moerman saw how urban agriculture can really contribute to improving inner city problems. 

"In our project 'Groen en Welbevinden' we try to find green solutions for problems. In a city like New York you can really see it take off. In the seventies, with the advent of Community Gardens, you could see whole neighborhoods suddenly come to life. People all of a sudden had access to fresh food , and there was a strong bonding between participating residents."

"In Holland, we have similar problems that could be solved with green projects," says Moerman. " It is in the interest of big cities to invest in vital, livable environments that have strong ties with the fresh produce industry. Growers and agricultural companies can help make it happen. We try to involve local and regional companies in urban agriculture, and also want to stimulate city dwellers to be more aware of healthy local produce."



Source: Productschap Tuinbouw

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