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[Living Green] [Book Review] Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture

by Eco Generation | 05-03-2014 10:57 Comments 10 recommendations 0

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Title: " Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture " 
Author: Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr 
Editorial House: Monacelli Press, NYC 

Summary of the contents
Carrot city is a collection of ideas as well as knowledge, which promotes sustainable and healthy food production and encouraging or says reintroducing urban agriculture practices in the city. This book consists of actionable and practical example to show the way to integrate local crops and discouraging transportation of crops from places hundred and thousand miles away.
Forty examples and applicable projects have been stated, which if applied can make up wonderful and interesting solutions and provide the city inhabitants with immediate access to fresh, healthful ingredients. Best examples are showcased in order to reintroduce urban agriculture to cities and they range from ambitious and grand urban plans to simple measures to grow food at home.
Focus is also given to architecture design, and author shows that architecture is a fundamental requirement mostly in community gardens, greenhouse place at narrow spaces, roof top gardens, apartment block and other places where the space is scarce.
The writers urge all the readers to be involved in this movement, creating a green and clean urban city. Urban agriculture can be sophisticated or simple, it does not matter, all that matter is the willingness to get your hand dirty and run your creativity in managing your green garden and maintaining the city clean and green. It encourages everyone willing ranging from artist, visionary, backyard farmer, engineer, and student, gardener to grow food at home or community garden for health and as a means of reducing food print.
Urban agricultural projects has been divided in to five main themes, 'Imagining the Productive City' 'Building Community and Knowledge' 'Redesigning the Home' 'Producing on the Roof' and 'Components for Growing.' In order to make reader feel that the projects are effective, each section profiles innovative communities, their progress and work and organized plans for sustainable future. Most examples are based on urban areas like Toronto, Vancouver and New York, which proves that urban agriculture can be practiced in almost all urban areas. Also, the writers have written success in places like slums of Nairobi in Kenya, which suggest that people can cope with land shortage by growing their food regardless of poverty.
In a nutshell, Carrot city contains the content which urges the readers to start the urban agriculture, at various level and standards. Focusing on the increasing need and degradation in quality as price rises, population increase citizens become more attuned to nutrition in the face of an obesity epidemic, CARROT CITY explores the contributions of architecture, landscape design, and urban design to the increasingly important movement of urban agriculture and empowers the reader to make small changes immediately.

Opinion and Impression
I personally liked the presentation and illustration made by the authors and I think they are successful in attaining their aim of publishing the book, i.e. to urge the people to involve themselves in urban agriculture. I liked the examples and success and progress they have stated in different parts of the world.  The types of projects they have stated ranges from small to grand, which makes the book suitable to read to all type of readers.
The reason I like this book is that the directions and information stated here can be applied by any of us and proves to be effective to save our environment and health and some part of finance too. The language used in this book is not so complex so, the people who have basic knowledge to English can go for it.
The division of projects in five main themes makes it easy for the readers to look at the projects they like. It is also a lot better than other books in terms of illustrations, linkage and organization of ideas and the example cited. Although the book has published in New York, the projects can be implied all over the world, thus it has a global perspective.
It's quality and its uniqueness lies in its simplicity and the arrangements of the ideas, gives the reader a proper and vivid idea about how the project is going to be like  and the writing style does not make reader feel boring. Thus this makes the reader to understand the procedure, ultimately leading them to practice it.
Other good aspect is that it is not thick, thus many people do not ignore and feel bored reading it, and within its limited pages, it has been able to list many good projects in an appealing manner.

Comment of recommendation
I like every people especially urban people to read this book and understand some of the practices suitable to them and practice it. The whole content is interesting and it can be suitable to all type of people. And it is really good for eco-gen users as it is a complete Eco-friendly package and everyone would love to read and apply the projects in their homes and public areas.
Practical, simple and applicable, a nice reading, I advice to go for at least one reading to all the people. 

Recommended by Sabin Sapkota from Nepal


  • says :
    sounds very good..
    Posted 11-08-2015 18:58

  • says :
    This book will be a good example for all.
    Posted 08-03-2015 22:30

  • says :
    this book will help in increasing the knowledge.
    Posted 08-03-2015 22:27

  • says :
    This book gonna be very useful to all.
    Posted 08-03-2015 22:25

  • says :
    Nice point of view. This way of life should be implemented all over the major cities, where people should begin to produce their own food.
    Posted 28-11-2014 23:37

  • says :
    Nice review :)
    Posted 25-11-2014 19:10

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    Posted 25-11-2014 19:10

  • says :
    Thanks for your book review. I think I will look for and read this great book. :D
    Posted 22-11-2014 03:01

  • says :
    This is a great book, I've read it a while ago. Highly recommend !
    Posted 14-11-2014 04:27

  • says :
    Cool! Urban agriculture is growing, and I might read this book to better understand how to practice it! My family currently has a garden in our backyard, but I still have yet to learn how to grow crops in the soil.
    Posted 13-08-2014 23:18

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