Gritty and Growing: An Exploration of Commercial Urban Agriculture in Everett, MA
Abstract: Urban agriculture (UA) is becoming a more widely used economic development tool for many communities. The city of Everett, MA has recently begun to take part in the UA movement, creating two community gardens serving over 30 families, many of whom have expressed interest in selling the produce they grow. However, there is no set of regulations or guidelines for commercial UA in Everett. ... read moreThe primary goal of this research is to analyze the feasibility of UA in a post-industrial urban fringe city, specifically in the areas of land use and policy using Everett as the primary case study. This thesis explores land use and policy challenges to UA via a literature review and interviews with three similar cities in MA (Holyoke, Lowell, and Somerville), and employs a content analysis of Everett policy documents and a land assessment to identify specific land use and policy challenges in Everett. The information gathered is used to offer specific recommendations to guide a process of institutionalizing UA in Everett.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: Mary Davis, and Barbara Parmenter.
Keywords: Land use planning, and Public policy.read less