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Urban Farming

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  • 1. urban farming trends & research
  • 2. about the movement Urban farms are cropping up in urban and semi-urban areas, as well as food deserts. Urban agriculture is embedded in the local economic and ecological systems. The movement encompasses more than just food - DIY, homemade soaps and supplies, etc.
  • 3. where its happening Major cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago, and smaller urban areas. Vacant lots, open plots of land, unused parks, open spaces, roofs, underground spaces, old industrial/factory buildings. Urban farms are adaptable, creative, and community-centric.
  • 4. how they operate Many are non-profits. Rely on community involvement and city government support. Networks and co-op systems link farms across cities and regions to help them sell their product and maintain their plots. People are scheduled for workdays and farmstands.
  • 5. values Urban farms stress education, often involving at-risk youth, volunteers, and other minority groups. The community connection is huge - these plots are powered by people working together and benefiting together. Health is another driving factor, especially in food deserts.
  • 6. giving back Seed sharing. Community dinners. Educational opportunities. Donations to food kitchens. Events, from yoga to movie nights. Sales often go back into the farms or help local programs.
  • 7. distribution Pick-up spots on select days/locations occur around larger cities. Mobile market trucks deliver food to consumers who cant reach farmers markets (sometimes with online orders) or live in communities that are too small for a farmers market. Restaurants LOVE urban farmed food.
  • 8. farming the future Some urban planning organizations are incorporating open farming spaces/community gardens into their designs. "Farm my Yard" initiative has homeowners place signs in their unused yard space. The movement is bridging the gap between agriculture/rural and urban spaces.