Improving Food Security through Urban Agriculture in Lawrence, MA.

Authors: Ashley Walsh*, Geography Department
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Urban Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: food access, urban agriculture, community gardens
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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In many cities across America, particularly low income neighborhoods, residents do not have sufficient access to healthy and nutritious foods. Urban agriculture has been increasingly used to improve access to high-quality fresh produce in metropolitan areas. Community gardens, farmers markets, and community supported agriculture are some of the ways in which cities are improving food access. This research focuses on Lawrence, Massachusetts, one of the poorest cities in the New England. The residents of Lawrence, along with local government and non-profit organizations, have implemented small-scale urban agriculture techniques to provide the community with fresh produce. This research considers the measures already taken by the community of Lawrence, and what can be done to further combat the issue of healthy food access in the city. By assessing the locations of existing community gardens, grocery stores, and other healthy food outlets, this research determines whether the locations are maximizing their benefit to the community. This research also points to possible locations for expanding urban agriculture projects.

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