Community Gardens and Urban Farms Positively Affect Biodiversity, Study Concludes
Blog Post via ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program
"A study published by researchers at multiple universities found that community gardens and urban farms positively affect biodiversity, local ecosystems, and the well-being of humans that work in them. The study was the first to explore the effects of urban gardens across a wide range of biodiversity measures and ecological services. “[U]rban farms and gardens currently provide about 15%-20% of our food supply, so they are essential in addressing food inequality challenges,” notes the study’s lead author, Shalene Jha, at the University of Texas at Austin. “What we’re seeing is that urban gardens present a critical opportunity to both support biodiversity and local food production.”"