In recent years, many city dwellers and suburbanites have become more and more concerned with where their food comes from. People want to regain a lost connection with the land and the people that grow their produce, as evidenced by the rising popularity of farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). For many, farming represents an idyllically rustic occupation, a way of being in touch with nature that has been forgotten amidst the hustle and bustle of city living.
But how does this romantic view of farming hold up when it is being practiced right in your own backyard? Is farmland considered to be just as pastoral when it doesn’t exist in the countryside, but in the middle of a housing development?