The Earth as the foundation for Urban Agriculture
The Earth and our relationship with her, allows us the opportunity to develop methods for growing food. Through urban agriculture, we engage directly in the cycle of growing our own healthy foods in the cities in which we live. The responsibility to feed our families though our unique cultural practices and traditions achieves food sovereignty and ensures the integrity of our communities. By cultural practices we refer to the different historical, traditional and ancestral methods that peoples and communities have developed and used through the ages to grow, preserve, and share food.
Urban agriculture plays an important role in the health of our local and regional food systems, in that it promotes community-based social, economic, political, educational, and cultural development and wellbeing that is in balance with and acknowledges the rights of the Earth.
A foundational component of urban agriculture, and one often overlooked, is that of justice. We attain justice in our local and regional food systems by shifting a capitalist and fossil fuel-based economy to one that is founded on principles that respect the health of the natural environment and all living beings. We also achieve justice through the empowerment of marginalized communities that have been systematically displaced from access to uncontaminated land and water, and all forms of development.
The type of food system that we build today will affect the lives of our children and the next seven generations. Urban agriculture is bound to building food security, especially within disenfranchised and low-income communities, and in light of drastic climate change. Food security includes growing, storing, and preserving seeds and foods in culturally specific ways, beginning at a community level and justly sustained by our city through access to land, water, and other essential elements and infrastructure.