Nevin Cohen, co-director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, has dedicated his life to understanding and improving urban food systems. So when Design Trust for Public Space announced its search for Five Borough Farm fellows, Cohen was a natural fit for the role of policy fellow. Selected from a group of over 100 applicants, Cohen and public health expert Rupal Sanghvi will lead Design Trust’s Five Borough Farm initiative, a collaboration between New York City and the Brooklyn farm Added Value to create the nation’s first citywide plan for urban agriculture.
This project will allow us to examine the environmental and social impacts of urban food production through the creation of a unique urban agriculture plan for New York,, Cohen said.
With such comprehensive research, Cohen believes the project will serve as a model for future cities tackling the tough issue of sustainable food production. Combined with policy recommendations that we will be developing over the course of the next year, the Design Trust’s Five Borough Farm project will serve as a model for New York and other cities interested in planning productive urban landscapes,” he said.
When not working on ground-breaking urban agriculture plans, Cohen can be found teaching courses on urban food systems as part of The New School’s Environmental Studies program.
For more information on the Design Trust fellowship, please visit http://designtrust.org.