Urban farms are growing more than food ~ They are growing community!
The Benefits of Urban Farming are Endless
- Improves nutrition, as produce is fresh and less damaged when grown and distributed locally.
- Closes the nutrient loop, as domestic organic waste can be composted and processed into the soil for added nutrients and soil structure.
- Has the potential to alleviate two of the world’s most crucial problems: poverty and waste.
- Has the potential to provide economic regeneration and stability to the growing population.
- Organic city farming diverts nutrient rich waste from landfills or export and returns it to the land.
- Promotes sustainable development by reducing the vulnerability of the world’s urban populations to global ecological change.
- Reduction in crime has been noted when gardening projects are implemented in urban centers.
- Youth and even adults acquire self-esteem, stay busy and feel useful when participating in these programs.
- Naturally restores the human connection to nature by instilling a sense of stewardship in the farmer, creating a better appreciation of the land’s natural processes.
- Creates a feeling of community between people, which can facilitate further collective action on issues of local importance.
- Improves the aesthetics of the city by increasing the ‘green spaces’ in an otherwise concrete landscape while providing recreational opportunities for those who work the land.
- Increased gardens and plants in cities improve air quality close to pollution sources.
- On a large scale, it reduces transportation of produce; thus, less fuel is required by vehicles and less protective packaging is needed for the produce.
- Encourages the production of rare varieties of fruits and vegetables, as urban gardeners tend to cultivate a wider variety of crops, conserving unique cultivars and enhancing agricultural diversity.