A major player in the modern urban farming movement was enactment of the P-Patch program in Seattle in 1973. My former City Council colleague--and present Discovery Institute colleague--John R. Miller is hailed for his role in an article today in Crosscut.com.
Knute Berger did a good and needed job on this piece. Among other things, it highlights the role a citizen activist, Darlyn Rundberg, performed in making the plan work.
It also will be news to people that "P-Patch" was not explicitly a version of "Pea Patch", but a pun on the familiar term. The farm the City Council saved--and then extended to a whole series of urban farm plots--was owned by the Picardo family. Hence: "P-Patch."
Urban farming is part of the locavore story of the past four decades in America.