Urban gardens in the Memphis metro area are growing more than just vegetables. Opportunities to get involved in the community, eat healthy and locally, and even become self-employed are growing as urban gardening becomes more popular. Farmers markets popping up everywhere in the Mid-South coupled with the slow food movement in Memphis gastronomy are indicators that urban gardening and urban planning is a market where individuals can succeed. Roots Memphis is a new urban farm in Whitehaven that purchased an old parking lot, and has rebuilt the urban space with raised garden beds. The farm will be offering educational workshops about how to successfully garden with throughout the year. The Cooper-Young Community Farmer’s Market, in collaboration with Grow Memphis and Knowledge Quest, will be providing an Urban Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program for people interested in starting their own urban garden business. Contact the Cooper-Young Community Farmer’s Market for more details.
The University of Memphis is also making strides engaging students and faculty about the importance of urban planning, sustainability and gardening with the Tigers Initiative for Gardening in Urban Settings (TIGUrS), sponsored by the Green Campus Initiative. University of Memphis Anthropology Graduate student and HCD Fellow, Kenny Latta, will be working with TIGUrS to develop innovative ways to make the campus more sustainable. The Memphis Urban Affairs Spotlight Blog will be keeping up with the progress of all the HCD Fellows in the Memphis Community throughout the semester.
Below are some articles about urban gardening in Memphis:
posted by Marie Dennan