Social Outcomes 

 of Urban Agriculture 


10.000 years ago, agriculture created food surpluses that enabled the creation of cities.

Later, cities and urban communities started to face enormous ecological, social, and sustainability challenges.

Today, agriculture is expanding in cities to provide healthy local food, reduce urban ecological footprint, provide jobs training, respond to the climate change crisis, and more.

We plan to explore the impact of urban agriculture in New York City on youth, whose generation will build more sustainable urban communities.


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.



What is the impact of engagement in urban agriculture on youth (e.g., environmental and science literacy, civic participation, social identity, collective efficacy, dietary choices, and other competences)?


How do the social, organizational and physical characteristics of urban agriculture programs interact with participants' characteristics to create these impacts?

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.

Alex Kudryavtsev ● Cornell University ● 2020

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