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Cultivating Urban Farms

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September 6, 2012 by csukach

While the concept of cultivating plants for human use is thousands of years old, the practice of doing so on the rooftop of a high-rise in the center of a city is relatively recent development.

With more than half of the world’s population currently living in cities, some residents are exploring the sustainability and practicality of living an agrarian life in densely populated areas.


Cultivating urban farms

Storified by Chris Sukach · Thu, Sep 06 2012 17:01:41

Everyone knows food comes from grocery stores.  
Home 🙂 Good to be here 🙂 Time to figure out what to fix for dinner… Haven’t been to the grocery store in a month, so it’ll be frozen or boxed lolLisa Field
But what if you could skip the drive, skip the freezer and simply step out your back door to collect a meal from your garden or chicken coop?  
IMG_0045Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
That’s what some urban farmers are attempting to do–show everyday people how to grow their own food via the limited acreage a city provides.
Watching Suzuki on urban farming in Montreal: cool greenhouses atop industrial bldgs, garden design & food production at McGill. Awesome.P. Brooks Arenburg
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, more than half the world’s population now lives in urban environments and that number’s expected to grow to 5 billion by 2030.  That means people living in urban areas may need to explore alternative means of sustainment beyond the grocery store.
The Urban Farming Guys of Kansas City, Mo., is just one example of a group of people exploring the viability of urban farming.
Farmin’ in the HOODtheurbanfarmingguys
And they’re not the only ones.  Urban farmers in Detroit, Mich., are not just growing their own food, but selling the excess at a community market.
AMERICA REVEALED | Urban Farming | PBSpbs
Whether it’s truly a revolution or just people enjoying the taste of garden-fresh tomatoes, the connections urban farmers cultivate seem to extend beyond simple plants and poultry and infuse the communities of which they are a part.


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