Urban farming, also called urban agriculture, is all about producing food inside city limits. It has its challenges, but it also offers many benefits like increased food security, decreased waste, community involvement and more.
In the most basic of terms, urban farming is simply producing or growing food in a city or other heavily populated areas. It shouldn’t be confused with community gardening, subsistence farming, or homesteading.
The big difference between urban farming and these separate categories is that urban farming assumes a profit motive and that it’s undertaken as a commercial enterprise.
This separates urban farming out from gardening activities where the end goal is personal consumption
Urban farming gives people a chance to pursue their passion for agriculture who may not be able to move out of the city and buy a piece of land in the country. Either for financial, logistical, or practical reasons.
As people are becoming more educated about their food, where it comes from, and the effect that transporting food can have on climate change, there’s an increasing demand for locally-grown, sustainable, organic produce.
Commone urban farming practices:
Vertical farming involves growing crops in layers that are stacked vertically. This can be accomplished by growing on shelving, or on specially-modified pallets against fences or walls.
Vertical farms can be housed in abandoned mineshafts or other underground tunnels, inside of buildings, or in shipping containers.
Hydroponics is any system for growing plants without soil. Instead, nutrients are added to water that plants are immersed in, or that regularly washes over the roots of the plants. Gravel, perlite, or other materials can be used to provide more physical support for the plants.
Shipping container farms
If the weather outside isn’t conducive to growing, or even if you just want a more stable pest-free environment for growing, shipping container farms are a great option.
They don’t take up small space and you can fit one in almost anywhere, even just in an unused corner of a parking lot.
Special systems can be installed for lighting, climate control, as well as other factors to create a perfect growing environment.
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