Besides the economic impact through food production and distribution, urban agriculture can bring important social benefits for urban residents and communities. Through this project, we will explore the social impacts of urban agriculture in NYC, especially the impacts on youth and communities.


In this research project, we explore the impacts of urban agriculture education programs in New York City. Urban agriculture occurs in urban farms, community and school gardens, on rooftops, as well as in more controlled indoor systems that use hydroponics, aquaponics, and greenhouses.


If you conduct an urban agriculture program in New York City, engage youth, and are interested to participate in this research, please contact the project researchers:

  • Alex Kudryavtsev, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University

  • Marianne Krasny, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University

Project collaborators:

  • Alexa Maille, New York State 4-H Youth Development

  • Jackie Davis-Manigaulte, Cornell Cooperative Extension–NYC

  • Jeff Perry, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University

  • Mary Leou, Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, NYU

  • Samuel Anderson, Harvest NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension

  • Thaddeus Copeland, Office of Sustainability, NYC Department of Education

This project is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch project number 1021530. This project is approved by the Cornell University Institutional Review Board for Human Participants on October 10, 2019, protocol ID 1909009057.

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