Urban Agriculture and Campus Sustainability: Recent Books


  • Stephanie Ritchie University of Maryland, College Park




Urban farming, Student farms, Sustainability, Higher education, Food systems


Food and agriculture meet an essential need of all humans and the details of how food is produced, distributed, consumed, and disposed is of increasing interest (Hedegaard Larsen, 2016). To meet the growing expectations of the campus community, many college and university decision-makers are including food and agriculture concerns as part of curricula, and in the planning, development, and sustainability efforts. This selected bibliography includes a selection of recently published books covering issues relevant to institutions of higher education on food, agriculture, and sustainability efforts.

Author Biography

Stephanie Ritchie, University of Maryland, College Park

Stephanie Ritchie is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Librarian at the University of Maryland, and previously lead librarian at the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center at the USDA’s National Agricultural Library. She has supported researchers in urban agriculture, helped create a USDA urban agriculture toolkit, and currently curates a Mendeley group on the topic available at https://www.mendeley.com/groups/4679531/urban-agriculture/


Barlett, P. F., & Chase, G. W. (Eds.). (2013). Sustainability on campus: Stories and strategies for change. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262019491

Cockrall-King, J. (2012). Food and the city: Urban agriculture and the new food revolution. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. ISBN: 9781616144586

Fontaine, M. (2014). Student Relationship Management (SRM) in Higher Education: Addressing the Expectations of an Ever Evolving Demographic and Its Impact on Retention. Journal of Education and Human Development, 3(2), 105–119.

Hedegaard Larsen, M. (2016). Eating the canary in the coalmine: Thoughts and theories to explain the rising importance of food, events and agriculture/place as symbols and media of community and identity in post-modern societies. Berkeley, CA: University of California Berkeley, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. Retrieved from http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3nw1s6b2

Ladner, P. (2011). The urban food revolution: Changing the way we feed cities. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers. ISBN: 9780865716834

Nordahl, D. (2014). Public produce: Cultivating our parks, plazas, and streets for healthier cities. Washington: Island Press. ISBN: 9781610915496

Parham, S. (2015). Food and urbanism: The convivial city and a sustainable future. London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 9780857854520

Reynolds, K., & Cohen, N. (2016). Beyond the kale: Urban agriculture and social justice activism in New York City. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. ISBN: 9780820349503

Sayre, L., & Clark, S. (2011). Fields of learning: The student farm movement in North America. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN: 9780813133744 Retrieved from http://muse.jhu.edu/book/1980

Thomashow, M. (2014). The nine elements of a sustainable campus. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262321570