Reclaiming the Urban Commons: The past, present and future of food growing in Australian towns and cities
Edited by Nick Rose and Andrea Gaynor
We are in the midst of a great shift, a fundamental transformation in our relations with the earth and with each other. This shift poses humanity with a challenge: how to transition from a period of environmental devastation of the planet by humans to one of mutual benefit? How do we transform our relationship to the land, nonhuman lifeforms, and each other? Reclaiming the Urban Commons argues this change begins with a deeper understanding of and connection with the food we produce and consume.
This book is a critical reflection on the past and the present of urban food growing in Australia, as well as a map and a passionate rallying call to a better future as an urbanised species. It addresses the critical question of how to design, share, and live well in our cities and towns. It describes how to translate concepts of sustainable production into daily practices and ways of sharing spaces and working together for mutual benefit, and also reflects on how we can learn from our productive urban past.
Praise for Reclaiming the Urban Commons
Sewn together like a patchwork quilt, these stories, these projects, these individuals and their common visions have been connected with the experience of the past, the reality of the present and most importantly the hope and vitality of a shared food secure future. Travelling the country I get to see so many inspiring individuals shifting the status quo and growing change. Reclaiming the Urban Commons brings many of these early adopters, the change makers, the resilient and the determined together in one place. It is a must read for everyone who eats food.COSTA GEORGIADIS