Food Justice

The Fundamental Guide to Urban Farming

Benefits of Urban Farming:

  1. Urban farming gives you a sense of food security.

With the many challenges the US economy is facing, urban farming is a great way to gin food security. Imagine having your own little farm and not needing to head to the nearest grocery store to grab veggies for dinner. But the better feeling with urban farming is being able to provide food security to all neighborhoods and communities.

2. It opens you to a variety of truly fresh and healthy produce.

While grocery stores and community markets sell a diverse slew of fruits and veggies, nothing beats picking out your own fresh produce. You are instantly guaranteed of its freshness and because you grew it on your own, you would know be able to stick to organic fertilizers. These assure you that what you feed yourself and your family and friends are truly healthy.

3. It celebrates the beauty of being in a community.

Remember, we mentioned food security and how it gives an urban farmer the chance to extend this sense of security to their neighbors? Being an urban farmer allows you to create more opportunities within the community you live in. Not only are you able to provide food, but maybe in the long haul, provide jobs and learning opportunities for other people.

How to get started with Urban Farming:

  1. Make good use of the space you have.

The biggest misconception with urban farming is that one needs a hectare to successfully establish a farm. The reality is you can start urban farming with even a ledge as a starting point. Time to recycle containers and start a container garden. Try to steer clear of decorative pots as these aren’t the best containers to start with. Instead go for the big plastic containers you can get from Walmart, put in some healthy soil and plant away.

2. Know what season fruits and vegetables should be grown.   

Some fruits and veggies grow in different seasons. It would definitely save you from the frustration of not having a green thumb if you know exactly what to plant in what season.

3. Get physical with urban farming.

Some first time urban gardeners think that simply using good, organic soil, placing their plants in direct sunlight and watering them once a day is enough to create good produce. If you are planting during the summer, plants will likely need watered in the morning and in the evening. Plus, be sure to consistently check your plants are getting enough sunlight, especially if planting indoors. Don’t just let your plants sit out and grow. It will need some loving, too.

Urban farming is a great hobby and it could even be your source of income if done well. But the most important thing to remember is to have fun while getting your hands dirty. The more love you put into growing your fruits and veggies, the more it will love you back!

Nia Rennix

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