Urban farm in Chicago, IL from Wikipedia Images.
Food security, local eating, food justice for the poor. This article in the Oakland Tribune describes a movement I see growing all around me. I have hope.
In counties around the Bay Area, there's a similar burst of agriculture in formerly empty fields, vacant lots and backyards.
Older farms, survivors of a long-gone pastoral era, are also facing a fresh future as new markets and policies support their operations. And a new generation of farmers dedicated to environmentally-friendly practices and equitable distribution of fresh foods are starting new endeavors with colorful names.
From 2002 to 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported a surge in the growth of small farms in the Bay Area, with a 24 percent increase in Alameda County, 7 percent in Contra Costa County, 8 percent in San Mateo County, 4 percent in Santa Clara County, and 13 percent in Napa County. (The agency didn't survey San Francisco.)
It's a trend occurring nationwide, as the number of U.S. farms grew 4 percent during that time.