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Farm in the city

“Urban schools don’t talk very much about agriculture,” says Professor Pamela Martin, AB’89, who is changing the conversation with new research on the environmental impact of small, local farms. Now in its second year as a College course, Martin’s project—called Feeding the City—is getting attention both on and beyond the UChicago campus.

In “Farm Stand,” a feature story in the University of Chicago Magazine, Martin explains her work to quantify the benefits of small-scale, diversified agriculture over conventional farming. Students got down and dirty harvesting vegetables and collecting data; College intern Elspeth McGarvey (pictured above) blogged about her experiences on the project Web site.

Martin, a geophysicist, has also crunched the numbers to show how dietary choices like eating meat can influence greenhouse gas emissions as much as the cars people drive. That work garnered mention in the New York Times and other national media.

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