The Unattainable Trifecta of Urban Agriculture

  • Daftary-Steel S
  • Herrera H
  • Porter C
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Urban agriculture (UA) has emerged as a promising way to address many important issues, including growing food for local communities, preserving open space, promoting health, and developing local leaders. A worrying expectation, however, has developed that UA can meet these important and ambitious goals while also being financially sustainable without outside funding. We call this expectation the unattainable trifecta of urban agriculture: the myth that urban agriculture, without long-term funding investments, can




Daftary-Steel, S., Herrera, H., & Porter, C. (2015). The Unattainable Trifecta of Urban Agriculture. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 19–32.

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