[MUSIC PLAYING] SAM ANDERSON: People come into urban agriculture for a lot of different reasons, wanting to get outside, just wanting to get your hands dirty, and at the same time feel like you're doing something that's good, you know. Something that's helping people in some way. You know, wanting to make the world a better place.
It's all over the city. It's all sorts of different types of operations and sizes.
JUDSON REID: It's a very exciting place for Cornell Cooperative Extension to contribute to the vitality of the diverse communities that we have in that city through urban agriculture.
YOLANDA GONZALES: Our duties entail working with both hydroponic growers and soil-based community farm and gardening groups to really provide as much technical assistance and educational programming as we can.
SAM ANDERSON: A lot of people in the city are coming into agriculture from a gardening background, or from an activist background, or from an interest in food. Not a whole lot of people are coming into it with a commercial vegetable background. I think that's somewhere where we find that there's something we can bring. We can help bring some of the commercial vegetables knowledge to small growers in the city and help them make the most of the limited space that they have.
YOLANDA GONZALES: My favorite part of the job is just learning as much as I can, just getting to visit the different farms and the different producers.
JUDSON REID: Urban agriculture gives people an opportunity to develop a sense of belonging, a sense a contribution to the greater community.
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Urban Agriculture is booming in New York City, and Cornell Cooperative Extension's Harvest New York urban agriculture team is there to provide technical support and share cutting-edge research and Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) expertise with growers across the five boroughs.