As a project Fellow for the The Design Trust for Public Space, Rupal is working to strengthen the growing urban agriculture movement in through a practice-based metrics framework that can inform policy-making in NYC.
What are the known health, social, economic, and ecological benefits of urban agriculture?
How can key stakeholders begin to capture these benefits at various scales (garden/farm, neighborhood, and city) in order to support the growing community infrastructure represented by urban agriculture?
BUILT ENVIRONMENT/Urban Design Entry Point Urban Agriculture
TARGET FACTORS Food Environment, Food Access and Equity, Land Use, Job Skills, Youth Engagement, Citizen Participation [Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices]
TOOLS Metrics and Evaluation Framework + Indicator Guide
PARTNER Design Trust for Public Space
ADDITIONAL INFO Five Borough Farm
On Growing Public Health: Urban Farming + Public Health, Urban Farms (Abrams Press, 2012)
Location NYC – citywide
Stage Phase I: 2009-July 31, 2012; Phase II: begins August 1, 2012