Creating the first-ever urban agriculture plan for a city with nearly 9 million residents is no small task. But if anyone’s up to the task, it’s The New School’s Nevin Cohen, food policy expert and chair of the university’s Environmental Studies program. As a fellow of the Design Trust for Public Space, Cohen is leading a project called Five Borough Farm, which seeks to identify food-growing opportunities within New York City. This ambitious project is moving ahead thanks in part to financial support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the foundation awarded $90,000 to the Design Trust for Public Space project. A portion of the monies funds fellows who are currently surveying agriculture activities throughout the city’s more than 300 square miles of land. They will develop metrics to assess the now undocumented costs and benefits of these activities from environmental impact to public health. Cohen explains that these steps are critical components of the Five Borough Farm plan. Based on this research and data, we’ll be able to develop policy recommendations to support and encourage urban agriculture throughout our city,, says Cohen. “The comprehensive plan will be a first for New York City.”
For more information about the Farm Borough Farm project, please visit http://designtrust.org.