Treehugger Organic Farm: Visions for Small-Scale, Sustainable Agriculture in Broward, Florida
As a response to inadequacies in the industrialized food system, small-scale, sustainable agricultural projects are on the rise in urban areas. This case study details the formation of Treehugger Organic Farm in Broward, Florida. It outlines the progression and challenges the owner and personnel faced while developing an environmentally and socially sustainable farm. The farm and personnel became deeply embedded in the local community, not just as a source of food but also as a place for community outreach and political activism. The closing of this chapter raises important questions about farming for profit and farming as a labor of love, and what happens when visions of a sustainable future are tested.
KeywordsSustainable agriculture Urban farming Permaculture Food activism
The data for this case study was collected through interviews and email communication with the owner and staff, April through May 2017. Additional information was collected using content analysis of the Treehugger Organic Farms website and Facebook page.
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