Urban agriculture is the cultivation of food within an urban setting – often on rooftops, in backyard garden plots, or vertical farming structures. The rise in popularity and accessibility of urban agriculture has proved to be an interesting complement to the plight of those experiencing homelessness, by providing not only a source of food that is healthful, but also a productive and meaningful form of work. Some shelters have even adopted urban agriculture as part of their program, using the food produced to feed visitors of the shelter, while other organizations provide paid work opportunities for them to cultivate food in the urban environment.
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Flourishing Rooftop Garden Feeds Homeless Shelter Atlanta, Georgia
Urban Agriculture Provides Jobs and Food for Homeless New York, New York