During a recent trip to Boston, I was able to learn a little more about food systems in cities, or urban agriculture. Learning about food systems in Vermont is a very interesting experience because I can see the power of local farms and produce, which is relatively readily available due to the large amounts of land on which no one lives. Boston, on the other hand, is densely populated and lacks a lot of the “green” space that I’ve come to love in Vermont. However, innovators and entrepreneurs have made agriculture possible, even in a city environment.
When I was unable to travel to Rutland to see the RAFFL and the VFFC with the rest of the FoodWorks class on Friday due to health issues, I decided to make the most of my weekend in Boston by learning about urban agriculture, and the different services that institutions provide to enable this agriculture. I focused on two different places that I was able to learn more about in depth: The Food Project and the Berkeley Community Garden. The following two posts will give a little more detail in my experiences with each organization.