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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.