3260 South Street, Penn Museum Rm 345
The social and economic impacts of urban agriculture in U.S. cities are widely misunderstood and regularly distorted. This talk will draw on over a decade of citywide qualitative and quantitative research in community gardens and urban farms in Camden, Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities. It will debunk the myths about urban agriculture's economic impacts and detail the far more profound socioeconomic, social, and cultural impacts and meanings of urban agriculture, especially in low-wealth communities. Specific themes include neighborhood change; formal and informal networks of social support; newcomer integration and cultural preservation; harm reduction; and aging and generational transition.