Urban farming, also known as urban agriculture is a way for urban dwellers to grow their own food, or at least have access to local food. The practice of urban agriculture is growing in popularity in urban areas across North America. With the many benefits of urban farming and all that local-food production has to offer, it’s important that we continue to spread awareness about how individuals and communities can establish a foundation of improved health, social interaction, and economic prosperity.
Here are five benefits of urban farming:
Increases Food Security
Food security is having access to and being able to afford nutritious, safe food—and enough of it. This is a major concern for many families all over the world. Fortunately, urban farming contributes to greater food security.
Creates a Sense of Belonging
Urban farming is one way to bring urban dwellers together—to establish a sense of community among people otherwise independent and, in some cases, isolated.
Produces Healthy Food You Can Respect
You get fresher, healthier food—herbs, vegetables and fruits—and are more likely to eat what’s in season, when you eat what’s produced on an urban farm.
Provides a Learning Opportunity
Urban farms give city dwellers a chance to produce their own food, and learn in the process. They learn about various gardening techniques, the best nutrient solutions, required sunlight, and controlling temperature, among other things.
Makes Efficient Use of Land
We can efficiently use the land we do have to feed the people. Consider rooftop or vertical gardens: they take up minimal space but produce tons of fresh, healthy food. Many hydroponics systems are set up vertically, to ft anywhere even indoors!
To learn more about the benefits of urban farming, check out the guest post by 3Dponics.