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The Bowery Project Uses Vacant Lots to Support Urban Agriculture

 - May 7, 2014
References: boweryproject & fastcoexist
You might be familiar with pop-up stores dealing in fashion retail or restaurants, but The Bowery Project is about microfarms and urban agriculture. The Toronto non-profit organization uses vacant lots for pop-up food gardens which can quickly be abandoned if a developer is looking to build. Co-founded by Rachel Kimel and Deena DelZotto, The Bowery Project converts these city spaces into centers for urban agriculture that provide neighborhoods with local produce.

The food from these movable urban farms is divvied up into three portions: one third to local hunger organizations; one third to farm volunteers; and one third is sold to local chefs. This last section works to offset The Bowery Project's costs and also allows them to grow produce typically unavailable in cities and diversify the kinds of ingredients urban cooks have access to.