Growing Green: Measuring Benefits, Overcoming Barriers, and Nurturing Opportunities for Urban Agriculture in Boston
How can you leverage the growing interest in urban agriculture to grow better food in Boston and New England while spurring economic development and supporting sustainability goals? A new report by CLF and CLF Ventures addresses both of those questions.
Our research shows that placing fifty acres of Boston’s urban land in agricultural production would:
Create between two and five direct, on-farm jobs per acre, or 130 - 220 total jobs;
Create additional jobs in agricultural service sector (equipment sales, composting and soil inputs, and food processing);
Sequester about 114 tons of CO2 in well-maintained soil per year;
Support the development of compost markets that statewide would yield an additional 4,700 tons of avoided CO2 emissions annually while helping Massachusetts achieve a 35% organic waste diversion goal; and
Generate approximately 1.5 million pounds of fresh produce for sale into local markets, providing local communities with a nearby source of healthy food.
Want to find out more about how these results are scalable in Boston and across New England? Download a copy of this free report today!