Community Gardens at this University

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A Growing University: Community Gardens

Humanity, when striving to create a more perfect world, may have difficulties in

choosing a place to begin. However, in light of the direction much of humanity is quickly going,

it seems obvious where to look. All over the world, urban populations are rapidly growing.

Researchers predict that the time when 50% of the world’s population lives in cities is quickly

approaching (“News and Highlights” 1). As urban populations increase, hunger becomes a

growing concern. Thus, it is necessary to restructure the way food is produced in order to more

efficiently feed the world’s growing population. The answer lies in urban agriculture.

As a leading university in a growing city, serves as a primary example of urban

sustainability. Thus, it is important that Kansas City join other major cities in embracing the

practice of urban agriculture. In New York, Havana, and Tokyo, urban agriculture has been used

as an economic, educational, and environmental resource through a variety of methods. Some

serve solely as children’s educational centers, like the Collingwood Children’s Farm in

Melbourne, Australia. Others are resources for those interested in testing out ideas related to

sustainable agriculture, like The Florida House Institute for Sustainable Development in

Sarasota, Florida (“Urban Agriculture” 1) In related research on community gardens in poor

neighborhoods in New York City, results showed that “urban gardening is an effective tool for

crime reduction, maintenance of cultural diversity, community empowerment, and promotion of

civic participation.” (Saldivar 407) In light of this, I propose that university should have a

community garden on campus, to be used for food produc...

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