This new report is from the Urban Design Lab of Columbia University. They conducted a comprehensive assessment of the potential for urban agriculture in New York City.
This project is the first large-scale analysis of its kind for NYC. The aim of this project is to outline and address a broad scope of issues that should be considered as public interest in urban agriculture continues to grow worldwide.
Understanding how much land in NYC could be productively used for agriculture and horticulture, and how much could realistically be grown, are important steps toward increasing knowledge and establishing a baseline for valuating the potential costs and benefits of urban agriculture. In this overview we considered which specific crops and products are most suitable for NYC’s urban environment, and evaluated site availability for land-based and rooftop agriculture.