In the same way that the assumption that more transparency will automatically lead to empowerment, it is not enough to assume that encouraging urban agriculture will automatically lead to social cohesion.
Contrary to what many might think, most people involved in community gardening don’t have a green thumb. Many have never gone farther than buying a pot of basil in the supermarket, and chucking it out after a few weeks of it withering. Instead, people are enthusiastic and open to learning.
What is particularly interesting is his section on ‘The value of permaculture’, where he talks about four major design principles:
Sheldon Frith has put together a fantastic blog post: ‘Introduction to permaculture for the uninitiated’. It’s not too long and brings the essentials together.