Community Orchard Development Guidelines Released

A Southern SARE-funded Research & Education Grant project has released a publication from a study focusing on a systems approach to urban agriculture in Puerto Rico, Guideline for the Development of Community-Based Urban Orchards in Puerto Rico. In the study, researcher Maria Calixta Ortiz and her colleagues found that urban community gardens, specifically orchards, serve important social, economic, and environmental functions in the community: influencing cultural experiences, supporting community values and knowledge sharing, satisfying demand for local foods, and utilizing empty urban spaces. The publication provides recommendations for policymakers, municipalities, and other local officials on how to work more effectively with small urban farmers to strengthen urban agriculture on the island.