decorated boards, 222 pp., $30.00
Garden writer Sarah Rich examines urban agriculture at 16 sites across the United States. With photographer Matthew Benson, gardening projects in a number of major cities are examined. These efforts have captured the interest of many urban dwellers for various reasons. Fresh produce is at a premium and limited in selection in some places; hence, these gardens improve public health. Neighborhood associations encourage these activities as a way to beautify areas and eliminate vacant lots. Some gardens are connected with educational institutions and programs that provide training for youth and adults. It is evident that garden projects under strong leadership are particularly successful. Some projects that attempt to be more farm-like with livestock have had limited success, because of the special needs and stresses introduced with animals in urban landscapes.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden