Reinforcing Equitable Urban Agriculture in Union City, New Jersey
The research study addresses growing urban agriculture in Union City, New Jersey reinforced by qualitative and quantitative data that includes peer-reviewed journal articles, books, city and state reports, GIS mapping, and interviews. Performing this research is critical to influence community development using urban planning tools including land acquisition procedures to redevelop urban agriculture with a comprehensive plan. Union City is a heavily dense overburdened environment that lacks green infrastructure (GI), is categorized as a food desert community, and may contain harmful chemicals due to its industrial past. Urban agriculture mitigates these disparities by acting as a GI development, provides food security to BIPOC intergenerational low-income demographics and an organic waste system to revitalize potential contaminated urban soil. As urban environments are estimated to increase to approximately 5 billion people by 2030 and inevitable damages from climate change augmented by existing gray infrastructure continue to rise, urban agriculture is an effective solution for vulnerable populations. This study aims to conduct profound research for equitable access to urban agriculture and regenerative practices.