Urban farming is something that is becoming more and more popular as people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints and their personal dependency on battery farming, intensive crop growing, and supermarkets. The idea behind urban farming is that anyone can grow their own foods on a small scale and perhaps even keep a few animals.
There’s no need to depend on pre-packaged foods if you are resourceful and patient. However, a great benefit in choosing this path is you can guarantee the quality of whatever food you’ll be harvesting.
The Lowdown on Urban Farming
Urban farming can be a little tricky, depending on where you live and the rules in your area. If you have a garden then you can grow some crops in it. If you don’t have a garden, there is still the option of using a window box to grow herbs.
On the other hand, keeping animals is a little more difficult. Some older houses may actually have some dedicated space to keeping chickens or small livestock. Most people don’t have that luxury though so you may need to talk to your local authority before keeping livestock!
There are ways to get involved with farming in urban areas without turning your home into a place that reeks of manure or onion growings in your garden. There are options out there that are looking to turn rooftops into small farms and there are lots of allotments even in cities—so you can rent a little space to grow things and meet other people who are also into farming on a smaller scale.
From there, you can barter and collect more vegetables by exchanging your excess carrots to trade them for a few eggs or herbs that you weren’t able to grow yourself.
How to Plan Your Urban Farming Efforts
Over time, you can build up a stock of seeds for the future, and even if you don’t end up completely free from having to go to the supermarket, at least you’ll be supplying a large part of your food for yourself. You’ll be able to save money and have a little more confidence in where your food comes from.
Only a few generations ago, basic farming skills were comparatively common knowledge, but today many kids and even young adults have no idea where their food comes from. Teaching your kids the basics of where fruit and vegetable produce comes from will help them to understand nutrition, value their food, and appreciate the environment as well.
Whether that’s taking your kids out to pick fruit, or actually doing the job of growing things for yourself or even tending animals—it will all help with their knowledge and wellbeing.
Who knows, in a few more generations as the climate changes and politics continues, it could be the primary option for everyone instead of importing and exporting huge amounts of goods. Should this happen, we’ll be collectively going towards a more self-sufficient existence again.
Why spend a fortune shipping crops thousands of miles when you can grow nutritious food that tastes just as good on your doorstep and enjoy it while it is still fresh and the nutrients are all intact!