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  • 1. URBAN GARDENINGToni Strauch
  • 2. • Where does it come from? • The Facts • What is It? • Large-Scale Benefits • Personal Benefits
  • 3. WHY IS IT SO POPULAR? • A fad? • Sustainability? • Never the less; it needs to be implemented… – It’s about the future.
  • 4. • Where does it come from? • The Facts • What is It? • Large-Scale Benefits • Personal Benefits
  • 5. THE FACTS • 7 Billion People. 7 Billion Mouths to feed. • Food Related Processes – 21% of our carbon footprint. • 70% of freshwater pollution caused by current farming practices.
  • 6. • Where does it come from? • The Facts • What is It? • Large-Scale Benefits • Personal Benefits
  • 7. WHAT IS IT?
  • 8. FLEXIBILITY & DIVERSITY
  • 9. • Where does it come from? • The Facts • What is It? • Large-Scale Benefits • Personal Benefits
  • 10. WHAT’S IN IT FOR US? • Sustainability Sustainable living is the attempt to reduce society’s impact on the Earth’s resources and processes. – Keeps ecological cycles more in balance • Hydrological Cycle – Decreased water runoff • Offsets some CO2 emissions – Adds greenery to cities
  • 11. Impervious surfaces in the city offset the balance between surface runoff and water infiltration. Urban Gardening decreases the amount of impervious surfaces.
  • 12. Food-Related Emissions: 21% of Total Carbon Footprint. 15% of transportation, 20% of home energy use, and 23% of the aggregate remaining activities are food-related as well. Urban gardening helps to offset these emissions (involved in production, distribution, driving to restaurants and the grocery store and cooking) by allowing people to simply walk to their backyard, rooftop, or community garden to pick their own food.
  • 13. • Where does it come from? • The Facts • What is It? • Large-Scale Benefits • Personal Benefits
  • 14. WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? • Self-Sufficiency – Homegrown, local food • Improved health – Better access to healthy foods for lower-class people • Promotes community – Community gardens >> Community involvement – Farmers markets • Economic growth
  • 15. HEALTH • “In a 130- day temperate growing season, a 10’x10’ meter plot can provide most of a 4-person household’s total yearly vegetable needs, including much of the household’s nutritional requirements for vitamins A, C, and B complex and iron.” - The Community Food Security Coalition • Physical activity • Mental Health – Stress Reduction – Social Skills
  • 16. • Where does it come from? • The Facts • What is It? • Large-Scale Benefits • Personal Benefits
  • 17. SOURCES • Howard, B. C. (n.d.). Urban Farming Is Growing a Green Future. Environment Facts, Environment Science, Global Warming, Natural Disasters, Ecosystems, Green Living - National Geographic. Retrieved October 1, 2013, from http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/phot os/urban-farming/ • James, A. (n.d.). How Urban Farming Can Transform Our Cities -- And Our Agricultural System. ThinkProgress. Retrieved October 1, 2013, from http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/05/29/491271/how- urban-farming-can-transform-our-cities-and-our-agricultural- system/