Panel: Dennis Derryck, The New School and Corbin Hill Road Farm; Ian Marvy, Added Value; Annie Novak, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm; David Vigil, East New York Farms; and Karen Washington, NYC Community Gardening Coalition.  Moderator: Jerome Chou, Design Trust for Public Space

The panel explored how design thinking – the integration of problem-solving analytical and prototyping methods used by designers and planners – can be applied to urban agriculture to solve critical social problems, from inequitable access to healthy food to the development of social capital within low income communities?  Panelists discussed their radically innovative approaches which range from a farm share business to enable Hunts Point residents to own the land supplying them with fresh produce, to neighborhood farms on asphalt playgrounds and rooftops, to an interconnected community gardening and greenmarket venture in East New York.

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