The rapid growth of our urban areas is placing enormous demands on our urban food supply. Frequently people living in our cities find themselves in "Food Deserts". Food deserts as defined by the CDC (Center For Disease Control) are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet.
Reintegration of agriculture into the urban core has now become an essential element of sustainable infrastructure. Urban agriculture has moved from the edge of public discourse to one at its center. Urban agriculture is exploding in popularity and can be found through out cities, in once vacant lots, on rooftops and balconies to what used to be the grass strip between the street and the sidewalks.
Urban agriculture not only provides essential varieties of food but creates employment, recycles urban wastes, creates greenbelts and strengthens the cities' resilience to climate change. Urban gardens can be up to 15 times more productive that their rural counterparts.
I am an adjunct professor at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College for the Sustainable Agriculture Management program and graduate of the Ohio State University Aquaculture program.