This past summer I worked as a Member Farmer with Fresh City Farms. The Member Farmer program is an experiment in urban agriculture from which to learn about what is necessary to create a system that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. I acquired seven garden plots in four different neighbourhoods, ranging from about 200 square feet to about 500 square feet in size. Maintaining good relationships with the landowners of my garden sites was more challenging than I had expected. Between some crop failures, extreme weather, and a lack of education around what, as a farmer, I was doing with their land, I have been thinking of ways to improve the homeowner-farmer relationship for next year.  One of these ways, to be implemented next year, is that Member Farmers should not take on plots under 500 square feet and should be encouraged to only take on plots closer to 1000 square feet. One of the greatest challenges with the infrastructure of my garden sites were that each site was very small and thus there was a great deal of time spent travelling from site to site each day, rather than long work days at each site. By only dealing with larger plots, more time and attention can be focused on each garden, making them more economically productive, rather than struggling to give each garden the attention that it needs Another challenge was helping the homeowners learn about organic farming.  For example, when many of my plants bolted due to the draught and extreme heat, I decided to try to save seed from them in order to not let the plants be a total waste. I failed to properly educate the homeowners about the practice of seed saving and my intentions, which consequently to them viewing my seed saving project as an overgrown, untidy garden.  However, one of the greatest strengths of Fresh City Farms, and of urban agriculture in general, is that it helps to build food communities and increase awareness of food issues in urban areas.  By educating urban dwellers about the issues surrounding food and agriculture in today’s society urban agriculture can help shift people’s food purchasing habits to support the transition to a more sustainable food system in the future. Max Klein, Member Farmer, Fresh City Farms