Designing urban agriculture education for social justice: Radical innovation through Farm School NYC | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2056-6522
  • E-ISSN: 2056-6530



This article examines one example of radical innovation and everyday design through a case study of Farm School NYC, an adult education programme in New York City that uses critical pedagogy and popular education to train adult students in urban farming, social justice advocacy and teaching skills. Drawing primarily from research conducted between 2013 and 2014 for a study on urban agriculture and social justice activism, the article illustrates how a network of urban agriculture practitioners, educators and activists created a community-based training programme that takes steps towards a broad vision of a socially just urban food system and that this represents a case of everyday design by radical innovation. It argues that understanding ways in which projects like Farm School NYC infuse radical visions of social change into their day-to-day educational activities is useful for those interested in supporting such transformative work through teaching, farming and gardening and design.


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