The Report “The Potential for Urban Agriculture in New York City” reveals that there’s a lot more open land even in one of the most densely packed places in the US than most people think. This simply backs up what we know from other cities around the world which do much more urban farming than New York City – that while no major city will ever feed itself, there’s enormous potential to raise food in urban areas.
“We have identiﬁed almost 5,000 acres of vacant land likely to be suitable for farming in the ﬁ ve boroughs, the equivalent of six times the area of Central Park. In addition to this land, there are many other potential sites, including over 1,000 acres of NYCHA green space, underutilized open spaces, and Greenstreets. There are also many other potentially suitable sites and properties that are not included in these designations that would greatly expand the total amount of land available for agricultural production. Each of these different types of sites would demand different approaches and strategies if they are to be deployed for agriculture. In this regard, existing data on land availability and suitability is inadequate to understand true capacity, and information on public (municipal) land is insufﬁciently accessible.”
Read the whole report! Aaron Newton and I emphasize the importance of urban agriculture – particularly urban animal raising on the enormous quantity of food wastes produced in cities, and the use of urban green space to produce local, high value crops. It is good to have a real estimate of what could happen even in New York City!