Cultivating Community Health: Linking Agriculture and Public Space through Education
Thornton, Arica L
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Parts of Washington, DC are considered a food desert, where people have little or no access to fresh food. As small grocers, marketplaces, and food shops have closed, the remaining options are fast food and convenience store locations, full of processed food. These communities are the result of a society that has come to devalue food, treating it as a commodity instead of essential to life. Historically, society spent more time growing, harvesting, and preparing food. It was the center of social and family life. In order to feed the city in a healthy and long lasting way, agriculture needs to become the center of life again incorporated into all aspects of the urban landscape. Architecture can and should envision, plan, and design the spaces necessary for urban agriculture to succeed. By creating an educational community food center, this thesis seeks to bring people together through an understanding on the land and our dependence on it.