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Book Talk - Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall Room 510, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Join authors Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen for a discussion of their new book: Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City. 

Urban agriculture is increasingly considered an important part of creating just and sustainable cities. Yet the benefits that many people attribute to urban agriculture— fresh food, green space, educational opportunities—can mask structural inequities, thereby making political transformation harder to achieve. Realizing social and environmental justice requires moving beyond food production to address deeper issues such as structural racism, gender inequity, and economic disparities. Beyond the Kale argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change.

Through in-depth interviews and public forums with some of New York City’s most prominent urban agriculture activists and supporters, Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen illustrate how some urban farmers and gardeners not only grow healthy food for their communities but also use their activities and spaces to disrupt the dynamics of power and privilege that perpetuate inequity. Addressing a significant gap in the urban agriculture literature, Beyond the Kale prioritizes the voices of people of color and women—activists and leaders whose strategies have often been underrepresented within the urban agriculture movement—and it examines the roles of scholarship in advancing social justice initiatives.


Kristin ReynoldsLecturer in Environmental Studies, Food Studies, and Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School.

Nevin Cohen, Associate Professor at the CUNY School of Public Health.

Onika Abraham, Director, Farm School NYC

Ray Figueroa-Reyes, Friends of Brook Park and President, New York City Community Garden Coalition

This event is sponsored by: the Tishman Environment and Design CenterEnvironmental StudiesFood Studies, and Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School.

Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City was published in 2016 by the University of Georgia Press.

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