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September 23, 2012 by csukach

Likelihood of trying urban farming chart

Fifty percent of survey respondents were very likely to try urban farming, 37.5 percent were moderately likely, and 14.3 percent were extremely likely to give it a shot. (Respondent chart courtesy of Survey Monkey.  Click chart to view larger.)

After analyzing the results of last week’s survey and Facebook poll, a couple of themes about urban farming surfaced.

While most respondents are enthusiastic about participating in or enjoying the benefits of urban farming, it’s evident convenience plays an important role in governing said participation in the act of urban farming.

Kai Englert shared that while urban farming may be possible, it might not be a practical endeavor due to the time and resources required to raise vegetables and animals.

Importance of convenience of urban farming

The majority of survey respondents touted the importance of convenience when it comes to urban farming. Almost 43 percent said convenience is very important, 37.5 percent said it’s extremely important and 21.4 percent claimed convenience is moderately important in urban farming. (Respondent chart courtesy of Survey Monkey. Click chart to view larger.)

While perhaps not perceived as practical, several respondents touted the benefits of fresh and local pesticide-free produce raised on urban farms, in addition to the probability of increased knowledge of and participation in one’s community.

“I like the thought that it [urban farming] would help communities be able to be more sustainable and know where their food is coming from,” explained one respondent Stuart Branine, when asked about the idea of urban farming.

The results also showed the majority of respondents had only nominally heard about the concept of urban farming.

In order to clarify, Katie Miller requested a definition of the term, “urban farming.”  Considering the terms “urban farming” and “urban agriculture” are used interchangeably, we’ll start by defining the phrase urban agriculture.

Level of discussion surrounding urban farming chart

Most survey respondents had nominally heard of urban farming. In fact, 57.1 percent had only heard others discussing urban farming slightly often, while responses of very often, moderately often and not often at all were tied at 14.3 percent each. (Respondent chart compliments of Survey Monkey. Click chart to view larger.)

According to Martin Bailkey and Joe Nasr, urban agriculture is, “The growing, processing and distributing of food and other products through intensive plant cultivation and animal husbandry in and around cities.”

So it appears the act of urban farming faces at least two challenges, the first being recognition.  The second challenge is the practicality of the practice itself.  We’ll explore both aspects in the coming months.

If you have other thoughts on urban farming you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them!  Please feel free to contact me on Twitter or Facebook, or if you prefer, post them below.  Thanks for your input!


2 comments »

  1. Vegan says:

    Great pie chart, man.

  2. csukach says:

    Everyone loves a great pie chart!

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