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  • Rebecca Rivera

    When people throw up their hands and say they don't know where to start, this is the type of advice I give them. Thanks for providing a concrete example of how doing just one thing can make a difference.

    • Mira Azarm

      You're welcome, and thank you for the feedback! It's great that you're giving people encouragement in this area :-)

  • rwcobbjr@gmail.com

    As I am sure Mira is aware, this applies just as much to more than just urban farming, and it is especially crucial early on in young people's careers. We should absolutely keep this in mind when we are dreaming through the GOOD pages and browsing TED.

    Still, the messes we face today are complex, and their parts interact with each other. If no one takes a big picture look and redesigns the larger systems that we participate in, we will inevitably optimize subsystems at the expense of the success of the whole thing.

    • Mira Azarm

      I completely agree with you! Phrased another way, working on a smaller-scale project (relatively speaking) offers potential for "small victories." These small victories add to the designer's credibility and provide momentum among stakeholders to keep going. Ideally, the larger systems become more accessible as a result. So I think both are an important aspect of practicing social design -- you need victories small and large in order to effect change.

  • Aron Shelton

    We do a community meal in partnership with a urban farm here in Fayetteville, AR. Partnering or supplementing community meals hosted by churches or others may be a good entry point for spreading awareness about the urban farms participation in the SNAP program.

    • Mira Azarm

      Thank you for the suggestion. I think these kinds of events are extremely important to learning more about community members (and potential consumers). The farm I'm working with does a lot in this regard already, the tricky thing is, I'm the newcomer on the scene so I have a lot of catching up to do in terms of learning about what people want and need. I hope to incorporate some participatory design into an upcoming event to raise awareness of the subsidies and also see what resonates with people on the design and marketing side.