Agricultural Urbanism


de la Salle, Janine and Mark Holland with Contributors (2010). Agricultural Urbanism: Handbook for Building Sustainable Food Systems in 21st Century Cities. Green Frigate Books, Manitoba.

This book pushes the frontier by showing how steps in the food chain–from food production through food waste disposal–can be enhanced using planning and design principles to create a more sustainable community food system.

—  Jerry Kaufman, Emeritus Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Department, U. of Wisconsin-Madison. Co-author of the American Planning Association Community and Regional Food Planning Policy Guide.

This book’s introduction to ‘Agricultural Urbanism’ will tackle the one remaining blindness toward urban sustainability – the dramatic impact of food production and delivery. I hope it fosters a renewed interest in personal food production, a localized food economy and a revival of placemaking based upon cuisine.

– Larry Beasley, Former Director of Planning, City of Vancouver, Order of Canada.

The authors of this book help us see that our world could change with agriculture and urbanism working together. This dynamic tension is at play throughout this highly readable, informative and, at times, provocative book.

– Moura Quayle, Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business. Former Dean, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems.


I am adopting Agricultural Urbanism for my course ‘Planning for Sustainable Communities.’ This is an excellent book.

—LaDonna Knigge, Department of Geography and Planning, California State University (2010)


The huge challenges that our food supply faces in the 21st century are finally getting attention. Sadly, few people offer more than token suggestions that we all should grow our own food in our backyards or balconies, attend farmers’ markets, and lobby for global change. This book, rooted in a sustainable food system approach, outlines a powerful strategy for understanding and taking action on the full scope of sustainable food and agriculture system opportunities in cities.

Agricultural Urbanism takes our thinking about sustainable food systems forward into high-impact strategies supporting local food production, processing, wholesale and marketing, education and training, and the celebration and cultural aspects of food, ensuring healthy food for all.

Agricultural Urbanism may be the “next wave” of New Urbanism in the 21st century, as we learn how to make our cities more sustainable and better places in which to live.

Authored by innovative thinker/practitioners from Western Canada, this book offers new and exciting strategies for how to re-invite food and agriculture back into our towns and cities.