Urban Food/Urban Agriculture

CSES, HORT, AECT, PLPA, HESC Agriculture Librarian

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Necia Parker Gibson
Mullins Library 220N

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Recommend databases for your topic.
Meet individually to work out your topic or discuss research strategies.

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An operational definition and some suggestions

What people mean by urban food may differ, but in this case, I am speaking of urban food as the provision of food to/for urban dwellers when it has been grown within the city limits- urban agriculture or urban horticulture or urban gardens, rather than retailing efforts such as food carts, food trucks or stands more typical in cities than in smaller towns. "Urban agriculture is a broad term which describes food cultivation and animal husbandry on urban and peri-urban land," (Tornaghi, 2014). Or as the USDA puts it, "City and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space."

Urban agriculture is tied to food security, local food systems, or food sovereignty; it's also related to landscape architecture. Terms referring to problems include food insecurity, food deserts, and marginality. City planning, urban planning, and other regulations or legislation may be related.

There is discussion about the boundaries between urban, peri-urban, and suburban. Here is an article that details some of the definitions and problems with the definitions of "<" href://https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/16139611/Forsyth_Defining_Suburbs2012.pdf?sequence=1">suburb or suburban."

Use Agricola or CAB or Sociological Abstracts, or a number of other databases, like the business databases, to find articles related to what you are interested in/experimenting with, such as organic produce, soil reclamation, etc.. You may have to generalize from the results of the articles to your own topic, or you may have to use a database in a different subject-- sometimes a very broad one, like Web of Science, or the QuickSearch, may be more effective to start with.

You may have to add terms, or change terms, to get the correct concepts. 

Use the "Find It" button in the databases to help locate the items. Many of the journals are available online.

Cite your sources as you work, It is far easier to keep track if you record the information about your sources as you go. We offer Endnote Basic, Zotero, Mendeley, and help in using them in the Libraries. You can also use free citation managers like Zotero and Mendeley. The articles below are examples of APA style citation.

Clendenning, J., Dressler, W. H., & Richards, C. (2016). Food justice or food sovereignty? Understanding the rise of urban food movements in the USA. Agriculture And Human Values, 33(1), 165-177. doi:10.1007/s10460-015-9625-8

Tornaghi, C. (2014). Critical geography of urban agriculture. Progress in Human Geography, 38(4), 551-567. doi:http://0-dx.doi.org.library.uark.edu/10.1177/0309132513512542

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