Twin Cities Research Explores Benefits of Urban Agriculture

A multi-year research project by universities in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, is delving into the potential of urban gardening to enhance human and environmental health, reports the American Society of Agronomy. In addition to growing food, urban agriculture can fulfill other purposes. Growers in this study are striving for goals including education, culturally relevant food, and community reconciliation. The research team is helping urban growers overcome challenges such as land tenure and soil contamination, and they are collecting information on how urban agriculture benefits soil health and community health.