MODELING: City Farm Sustainability Model

Unit 5: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Lesson 21 of 24

Objective: Students will be able to 1) describe interactions among biotic and abiotic factors in urban cultivated ecosystems; 2) explain how ecological interactions lead to emergent properties such as soil health; 3) identify specific strategies that improve the sustainability of farming practices; 4) articulate the costs and benefits of sustainable urban agriculture for individuals and large groups.

Big Idea: The number of urban farms in New York City has grown rapidly over the last decade. How might we apply sustainability principles to environmental problems, especially the need for sustainable farming practices that maximize crop yield and soil quality?

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