Berger Partnership | Productive Neighborhoods

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Title: Productive Neighborhoods

Project: A Case Study Based Exploration of Seattle Urban Agriculture Projects

Firm: Berger Partnership

Summary: A growing number of clients are asking questions about incorporating urban farming into their projects. As designers, we understand the value of urban farming for its environmental and social benefits for a community, but acknowledge the complexities of creating a successful commercial farm to provide an über local food source for a neighborhood. This research explores the existing urban farms in Seattle, as well as regional and national case studies, to better understand how urban farms function and the challenges they must overcome. The research seeks to share the knowledge of each site and instigate a discussion about how to expand urban farming into Seattle’s food system as a reliable über local food source.

Seattle currently has 103 urban food production sites, which include urban farms, P-Patches, community gardens and school gardens, but only ten of these sites are functioning as commercial urban farms. While P-Patches, community gardens and school gardens are important components of Seattle’s food system, commercial farms located in an urban area have the potential to make a large impact on the local food supply. If practiced on a larger scale within our neighborhoods, urban farming could shift our food production toward a balanced, localized and sustainable network.