The Grow Hope urban agriculture initiative is our way of growing food in an urban environment. But it is much more than that: urban agriculture is a way for people to reclaim their connections to nature, to the act of eating, and to each other through the act of growing food, all without leaving the city. It’s also a movement through which people are gaining more independence from the current industrial food system, which is expensive and inefficient and relies on petrochemicals.
Agriculture in the city is different from traditional farming. It often involves growing food within a limited space and sometimes, with limited resources. Ideally, urban agriculture represents the place where environmentally sustainable methods, the local economy, and relationships between people intersect, creating a thriving local food system and ensuring greater access to healthy food—community food security.