Equal Access: Providing Urban Agricultural Benefits to Under-Served Communities

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Title: Equal Access: Providing Urban Agricultural Benefits to Under-Served Communities
Author: Wilkinson, Renee
Abstract: This study examines the potential contribution market research could make to planning urban farm locations. Substantial research identifies access to healthy foods as a significant barrier for under-served communities. Under-served communities are those struggling with food insecurity, poor nutrition and poor community cohesion. Urban farm locations could be more strategically planned to connect healthy food access and other secondary benefits to these vulnerable communities. This market research based methodology is applied to Portland, Oregon, using GIS data to map where future urban farms should be placed. The final product of this study is a prioritized list of potentially suitable sites in Portland, Oregon, for a future urban farm. This methodology could be applied in other urban areas to increase access to healthy foods among under-served communities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/12358
Date: 2012


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