Urban Farming is becoming more and more popular, most notably in Germany. Mainly in Berlin, the trend cannot be dismissed from one’s thoughts. Urban gardens are connected with social feelings. Agriculture is moving to the cities, making our lives there more worth living.
“An urban farm grows food in an urban area on land – usually either a backyard or a vacant lot – that would not typically be dedicated to producing food.” (Molly Watson, about.com)
There are community gardens since the 70ies, so it’s not a new idea. People come together and make collective flower and vegetable beds in order to fight against the decay of the urban districts. A good example is Detroit, which implemented the world’s hugest city-farm-project or New York.
Why are people following this trend? A lot of industrial areas are free-standing and the number of inhabitants is also constantly decreasing, therefore there is enough space for urban fields. It’s obvious that there is also a trend towards self-supply because the salaries are decreasing and a lot of people are losing their jobs, so they have less money available per month. The prices of goods are also constantly rising. No matter if Shanghai, Hongkong or Singapur, those metropolis are using the concept of urban farming successfully.
“Our ultimate goal is to get the members to go home and set up a garden at their house, to take the farm home.”(The News & Observer)
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In the video below the American Society of Landscape Architects provides a fascinating introduction to the whole notion of urban farming. They use animation techniques to show a variety of ways that cities can accommodate farming in public spaces, rooftop gardens, backyard gardening and much more.
Author: Norina Künzl
Date: 30 May 2012