Cultural and Strategic Benefits of Urban Farming


Urban farming culture is popping up everywhere in the cities. More and more people are taking this as a hobby and in return reaping numerous benefits out of it. We have already discussed how urban farming can help you achieve sustainable lifestyle. This time around we are going to discuss two particular benefits of urban farming.

The Cultural Impact

A number of reports have indicated that urban farming culture helps building strong communities in city. Something that has been lacking for decades. We already know the amazing benefits of urban farming in promoting ecological diversity and healthy living but socio-cultural side of it has often been overlooked. Intergenerational knowledge transfer, improved cooperation and diversity in the community are also being positively influenced by urban farming.

When talking about creating jobs, urban farming has not really been up there but we are hopeful that with time some jobs might also be created.

It is also important to keep in mind that studying urban agriculture is not that easy. The term covers so much more. From a small plot in front of a house built solely for the purpose of healthy living to large farms built for profit, it is not easy to study the science of them.

Let’s admit, we live in a society where access to fresh, healthy food is not always easy. Urban farming might not be there yet but it is moving towards a point where it could possibly be feeding the communities where they are built.

Urban agriculture is very well capable of providing fresh food year-round.

Multiple Strategies

Urban farms are usually built for different purpose and thus multiple strategies for success could be observed. Examples may include a farm built in the city for the purpose of creating team work within the community and help people come out of their homes for a common cause or simply a small farm built to supply fresh food to a local school.

Urban agriculture is not a one size fits all model but it may contain a number of strategies and aims. An urban farm can be used to address vacant lots issues, it can be used to battle climate change, and it can be used to ensure non-stop supply of fresh, natural food.

Urban agriculture is helping a great deal in normalizing how food is grown. A food project, an urban farm, a community garden, a home garden in the cities are helping not only with spreading awareness about this culture but also helping the local food market.

In cities our food usually comes from grocery stores and to change this connection a lot of work is still to be done. Urban farming is progressing smoothly and time is not far away when we this culture will emerge as a major trend.

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