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Yield operations: (re)fitting urban agriculture in existing green spaces for economic and other benefits

Zeunert, Joshua 2014, Yield operations: (re)fitting urban agriculture in existing green spaces for economic and other benefits, in AESOP 6 : Finding Spaces for Productive Cities, Association of European Schools of Planning, [Porto, Portugal], pp. 932-949.

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Title Yield operations: (re)fitting urban agriculture in existing green spaces for economic and other benefits
Author(s) Zeunert, Joshua
Conference name AESOP Sustainable Food Planning. Conference (6th : 2014 : Leeuwarden, The Netherlands)
Conference location Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Conference dates 5 - 7 Nov. 2017
Title of proceedings AESOP 6 : Finding Spaces for Productive Cities
Editor(s) Roggema, Rob
Keeffe, Greg
Publication date 2014
Conference series AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference
Start page 932
End page 949
Total pages 18
Publisher Association of European Schools of Planning
Place of publication [Porto, Portugal]
Summary Prominent, large public green spaces and parks in most developed cities primarily provide ornamental and passive recreational landscapes that require off-site sourced budgets for maintenance and upkeep. In many areas, maintenance budgets have been diminishing and upkeep falling. Most existing urban agriculture literature focuses on social and environmental outcomes, with little research undertaken investigating its potential to generate income. Gross economic returns per hectare from horticultural crops have been calculated from eight sources and fourteen growing approaches. These range from $USD22,249 to $360,000 per hectare per annum. Several economically viable small urban agriculture businesses are operating with gross returns equivalent to $150,000-$300,000 per ha; if these approaches were deployed at 25% of the area for Central Park this could gross $12,750,000-$25,500,000 annually. If deployed at 25% of the Adelaide Parklands – where annual maintenance costs are $8,550,000 – this could gross $28,500,000-$57,000,000. If deployed at 50% of the expansive Western Sydney Parklands this could gross around $400,000,000-$800,000,000. Urban agriculture in existing public green space presents opportunities for labour arrangements that could increase economic viability, crop intensity and net income. Additional benefits are highly possible such as job creation, local food availability, education and training, health and environmental benefits. There are various barriers to implementation of urban agriculture in public green spaces including policy, social and economic challenges. Ultimately, detailed site-specific research is required to determine economic and social viability.
ISBN 9789082245127
Language eng
Field of Research 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©[2014, AESOP]
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086404

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