Interesting perspective on the challenges of sustaining the momentum of urban farming projects:

"Infrastructure shortcomings, however, pale in comparison to the the shortcomings in farm management. Infrastructure receives the bulk of the investment. When building a garden in their front or back yard, homeowners tend to view the garden as a one-time landscaping expense, while grants and donations support construction of school and community gardens. There is funding for a farm but no funding for a farmer.

A couple years ago, I began researching how my venture, Farmscape, could best help school garden projects. As part of that process, I met with dozens of people involved in Los Angeles school gardens. They all said the same thing: the hard part wasn’t building the vegetable garden, it was keeping it thriving. Everybody loves a ribbon cutting but the projects would flounder when key teachers got busy or moved, and students of key parents graduated."
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