Urban farming is a groundswell movement of growing food in cities and towns; in fact, anywhere other than a countryside setting.
City farming is gaining in importance as the price of fuel rockets into the stratosphere, making it uncertain in the future if we’ll be able to even buy out of season produce from Chile, or New Zealand in the winter.
It’s up to us, the common people, to make the effort to provide for our own needs, and those of our neighbors.
Most governments don’t realize how important it is in times like these, of climate change, economic uncertainty and worry, for citizens of their country to feel as though they have some control.
Urban farming is a way we can indeed have control.
Using organic farming and gardening techniques refined over years of experimentation in rural settings can provide huge amounts of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits in small pockets of land, vacant lots, roof-tops – anywhere that has any amount of sunshine everyday, and a water source nearby.
Local farmers markets are gaining in popularity too, giving urban farmers a place to get their produce to a customer.
I see a movement towards neighborhood solidarity, where people live, work, grow food to trade or sell, all in a few blocks.
As an added bonus, our children actually see and recognize where food comes from, other than the supermarket.
Start budding gardeners off right; get gardening as soon as possible while they're receptive to learning about it. Kids love to garden, especially finding out about bugs, playing in the 'dirt' and eating real vegetables that they have produced themselves.
The pride and self
esteem boost is amazing.
If we can all follow the 100 Mile Diet, where most if not all of our food is produced locally, it reduces our carbon footprint, and helps save the planet, all while giving us nutritious produce.
In Canada, we might have to build greenhouses to grow winter food supplies, but why not use a heat exchanging technology to provide heat to it? In Whitehorse and many other very cold areas, this is exactly what’s happening.
In Nelson, British Columbia sustainability in the form of geothermal heat exchange technology will be used in a municipal setting, where the city hall and other community buildings will be heated using the ambient warmth of lake water and the earth. Why not add a community greenhouse to this?
Think safety when saving water - don't allow creatures to have access to it and drown, keep a cover such as a screen on your cistern to prevent mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus or heartworm to have access to lay their eggs.
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