Urban Agriculture & Forestry
Dovetail Partners recognizes the benefits that urban agriculture and urban forestry provide and highlights synergies that exist between the two fields.
Self-sufficiency, ingenuity within the food arena, and concerns regarding food security and health have recently led to a re-emergent trend towards growing food within cities. Today, non-profits, private entrepreneurs, local city governments, and even the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognize urban agriculture as a means to enhance local economies, improve environmental and human health, and support food security. Urban agriculture directly integrates with urban economic and ecological systems by building upon existing urban infrastructure. Incorporating food crop production into densely developed and populated environments aids people in understanding where their food comes from and how it’s processed, while simultaneously creating environmental, economic and social benefits.
Urban forests are important because of their size and scope, their impact on local economies, and the many social and environmental benefits they provide, due in large part to their proximity to people. Urban forestry—sometimes referred to as urban forest management—is the planning and management of trees, forests, and related vegetation within communities to create and add value. Throughout the past two centuries in the U.S., the focus of urban forestry has shifted from one of beautification to one that includes the environmental, conservation, economic and social benefits of community trees and urban forests.
Urban Agriculture Reports
Urban Forestry Reports