The Future of Food, An Urban Answer?

WED, MAR 30, 2016 (00:00)

Climate change has forced us to rethink our options about many things, including how and where we grow our food. James Miner, Principal of urban design and planning at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, has focused much of his practice on creating more sustainable communities for future generations. Jessie Banhazl, founder and CEO of Green City Growers, helps to change people's perception of what is possible through her own rooftop farming revolution, growing fresh food in the most unlikely places. Miner, who lectures and writes extensively on how local food can be used to promote economic development, and Banhazl, who uses her work to prove that sustainable agriculture can be both healthy and profitable, discuss their opinions on the future of agriculture in an age where finding sustainable solutions for growing healthy food is paramount.

+ BIO: James Miner

James Miner, Principal of urban design and planning at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, has focused much of his practice on creating more sustainable communities for future generations. Miner lectures and writes extensively on the various ways in which local food can be used to promote economic development and other advantages.

+ BIO: Jessie Banhazl

Jessie Banhazl is the founder and CEO of Green City Growers. Over the past five years, she has proven that sustainable agriculture can be both healthy and profitable. In 2015, Banhazl planted a barren rooftop at Fenway Park and it yielded 4,000 pounds of produce for urban farmers. By growing fresh food in the most unlikely places, she is helping change people’s perception of what is possible by launching her own rooftop farming revolution.

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