In partnership with Bernalillo County and the International District Healthy Communities Coalition (IDHCC), Groundwork Studio is developing a plan to create a sustainable framework for urban agriculture in Albuquerque’s most diverse urban neighborhood. Through comprehensive inventory and mapping of assets and partnerships, responsive community needs assessment, and policy analysis, Bernalillo County and partners will have a clear roadmap for supporting a broad range of urban agriculture efforts.
Creative community engagement efforts include interactive brainstorming and mapping with the IDHCC (including a paper airplane activity), stakeholder walking tours and interviews, and participation in community events such as Ciqlovia and Earth Day Celebrations.
The planning process will identify nine priority prototype project sites, for which Groundwork Studio is preparing partnership maps, conceptual designs, and cost estimates. Landscape types include school and community gardens, alleyway improvements, open space/urban wildlife habitat, therapeutic/medicinal gardens, and water harvesting demonstrations. Policy recommendations will further identify how municipal and institutional support can help sustain community based urban agriculture efforts.