Urban Farming: Growing Food in the City

A growing number of urban farmers are finding that they don’t have to choose between the penthouse views and the land spreading out so far and wide. They’re creating green acres right where they are.

The Garden of Eatin at 25th and Dickinson in south Philadelphia thrives near a decaying elevated railroad track where drugs are openly exchanged. A group of neighbors grow kale, cotton, black-eyed peas, okra, corn, lima beans, sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, and blackberries, as well as roses, calla lillies, and an occasional Christmas tree.
Photo by Michael Ableman