What’s the main purpose of a community garden or other urban agriculture installation? Providing fresh food… often to neighborhoods without other outlets for it. Right? Yes… but community gardens are special places that do much more than provide space for growing food. Often, stronger connections between members of the community that garden serves grow along with the plants. Cintia Cabib’s film A Community of Gardeners explores that dynamic in Washington, D.C.
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A sustainable food chain will need to be a mishmash of different types of farming from regional farming to individuals tending small community garden plots. Rooftop and community gardens cut the “food miles” of the produce for urban residents.