Health and Social Impacts of Urban Food Gardens

November 17, 2014, 3 – 5pm
Toll Room, Alumni House

Image of an urban garden.
Photo by Nathan McClintock

Recent attention has focused on community gardens and urban agriculture as emerging strategies for multiple health and social justice benefits, ranging from increasing healthy food access to mental health advantages to neighborhood cohesion. Urban agriculture programs can have health-related impacts on both individual and community levels. Panelists will discuss evidence of these kinds of health and social impacts, and the potential for urban community gardens to empower individuals and communities to achieve greater social benefits. They will also consider policy approaches to support and expand these efforts, or to overcome barriers to these initiatives. Following the panel discussion, all attendees will be invited to participate in a roundtable dialog in small groups. Groups will discuss health-related and social impacts of urban farms, and to collectively identify research issues, policy changes and other actions that are needed to increase the benefits of urban farms more widely.

3:00 – 3:45pm: Panel Discussion
Jill Litt,
Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Colorado
Gavin Raders, Executive Director, Planting Justice
Doria Robinson, Executive Director, Urban Tilth
Moderated by Jennifer Sowerwine, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

3:45 – 4:15pm: Roundtable Discussion Round 1

4:15 – 4:40pm: Roundtable Discussion Round 2

4:40 – 5:00pm: 3-minute Summaries from Roundtables

Cosponsored by the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley, and University of California Cooperative Extension.

Healthy snacks will be served at each table. Free and open to the public. This event is part of the BFI Food Exchange Series.