Sowing Seeds in the City

Ecosystem and Municipal Services

  • Sally Brown
  • Kristen McIvor
  • Elizabeth Hodges Snyder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Soil and Water Resources

  3. Ecosystem Services – Waste Treatment

  4. Ecosystem Services – Climate Regulation

  5. Ecosystem Services – Habitat

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. J. Scott MacIvor
      Pages 207-227
    3. Amanda D. Rodewald
      Pages 229-233
    4. Zoe A. Marzluff, John M. Marzluff
      Pages 235-242
  6. Ecosystem Services – Food Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Michael McGoodwin, Rebecca McGoodwin, Wendy McGoodwin
      Pages 245-267
    3. Melissa Desa
      Pages 281-291
  7. Integration into Municipal Infrastructure – Location Options

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Kristen McIvor
      Pages 311-323
    3. Leigh Whittinghill, Olyssa Starry
      Pages 325-338
    4. Ann Carroll
      Pages 339-349
    5. Craig Cogger, Sally Brown
      Pages 351-360
  8. Integration into Municipal Infrastructure – Zoning and Legal Considerations

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 403-407

About this book


Urban agriculture has the potential to change our food systems, enhance habitat in our cities, and to morph urban areas into regions that maximize rather than disrupt ecosystem services. The potential impacts of urban agriculture on a range of ecosystem services including soil and water conservation, waste recycling, climate change mitigation, habitat, and food production is only beginning to be recognized. Those impacts are the focus of this book. Growing food in cities can range from a tomato plant on a terrace to a commercial farm on an abandoned industrial site. Understanding the benefits of these activities across scales will help this movement flourish. Food can be grown in community gardens, on roofs, in abandoned industrial sites and next to sidewalks. The volume includes sections on where to grow food and how to integrate agriculture into municipal zoning and legal frameworks.


ecosystem education public health renewable resources urban agriculture Food Production waste treatment Wildlife Habitat Sustainable communities

Editors and affiliations

  • Sally Brown
    • 1
  • Kristen McIvor
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Hodges Snyder
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Forest ResourcesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Harvest Pierce CountyPierce Conservation DistrictPuyallupUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health SciencesUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA

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