Live out your green-thumb dreams: Agriculture in a dense urban environment

What are the overall benefits of urban agriculture in a highly urbanized environment?


The plant-it-yourself movement in San Francisco, and the rest of the world, has never been more critical. A community garden can bring a wide range of benefits – from connecting people with each other to growing fresh food to enjoy. It’s a place to relax, a way to engage with nature, meet others and get active outdoors for GBD users. From the professional point of view, it’s a fruitful synergy of GBDs, cities stakeholders, urban planners, and local communities.

Experts from San Francisco will talk about community gardens as a way to promote different types of use and occupation of public spaces, as an instrument to implement activism, as well as transform socio-spatial relationships at a local level in a way that might result in larger-scale future impacts. The presentation of The East Cut community garden project in details will follow the discussion.

Questions for the panel

Urban agriculture as activism

  • What are the overall benefits of urban agriculture in a highly urbanized environment that would otherwise not exist?
  •  What is the overall effect community gardens as they related to decelerating climate change?

Social meaning

  • How effective are community gardens at fighting socio-spatial inequalities, fostering the social economy, and spreading new principles for food production and feeding people (mainly based on farming and permaculture)?
  • Do community gardens promote the transformation and enhancement of public space with the purpose of fostering social solidarity and community connections that might not otherwise occur?