This is a paper recently published on Cities and the Environment, The Electronic Journal Dedicated to the Ecology of Urban Communities.
ByÂ Mara Gittleman, Kelli Jordan,and Eric Brelsford
New York City is home to over 500 community gardens, over 80% of which host food production (GrowNYCÂ 2010). This paper is a case study of Farming Concrete, an open, community-based study aimed to defineÂ community gardens in the context of the New York City food system and to educate local communities aboutÂ developing and conducting meaningful research. The project employs citizen science methods in which theÂ gardeners and researchers alike are involved in the design and implementation processes. This paper willÂ outline the methods and challenges involved in conducting participatory urban agriculture research, as well asÂ discuss findings regarding how much food was grown in NYC community gardens in 2010 and 2011.