Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Lim, Caroline Ph.D., MSW


Background: Low-income communities have higher rates of being food insecure at some point in their lives which can lead to chronic illnesses and have an impact on mental health. Objectives: This research aimed to explore the following: (1) the impact of urban farming in low-income communities and (2) the roles social workers have in addressing food insecurity through urban farming. Methods: This study utilized a qualitative method of collecting data. Data was collected through one-on-one interviews with board members, volunteers, and community members from an urban farm organization. Interviews were conducted and recorded through the online platform ZOOM. Interviews were transcribed into written format then coded themes into categories.

Results: The findings of this study added to research of how urban farms benefit individuals by improving overall health and decrease food insecurity. This study gives an understanding of what role social workers hold in urban farming to help low-income communities. These roles include community organizers, advocates, educator, and brokers.

Conclusion: The findings presented in this study support the need for urban farms and social work involvement in low-income communities to decrease food-insecurity. Social workers can be involved in a variety of ways especially by helping the community organize a project such as urban farming and advocate to implement more of them throughout low-income neighborhoods. However, further research is recommended for more knowledge on this topic.