Thursday, November 8, 2012

3 Inspiring Examples of Urban Agriculture

Dylan Charles, Contributor
Activist Post

Until even as recently as the late '70s and early '80s, it was still common in many countries to own a parcel in a community garden or grow in-season produce in your backyard. Now cities are once again becoming more “green” and urban gardens and farms are providing people with nutrient-rich local foods.

Urban agriculture is a practical way of empowering everyday persons on a journey to regain some control over their food supply. From individuals using vacant lots, to neighborhood efforts to create shared gardens, to city-wide projects, urban farming is rightfully receiving attention around the world.

The following are inspiring examples of how everyday citizens are becoming involved in urban farming, reclaiming food independence and reconnecting with the earth.

1. Havana, Cuba

In Havana, the capital city of Cuba, a communal effort dubbed the Green Revolution has led to many people throughout this aging city growing pesticide free food for the benefit of the neighborhood.

Local farms called “huertas” are creating jobs with little investment, resulting in fresh and nutritious produce grown and available locally.

2. Atlanta, Georgia

Several communities in Atlanta, Georgia have come together to create community gardens throughout the city to address important issues such as how far food travels to reach the plate, the need to have control over food safety, and the nutritious quality of food. Communities are keen to pursue an environmentally friendly way of living by reclaiming abandoned lots, making cities more beautiful, and providing high-quality nutritious food to the immediate community.

3. Oakland, California

In this inspiring interview, Oakland, California resident and author Novella Carpenter answers frequently asked questions such as: What do your neighbors think? What to consider if you plan to raise animals? Does urban farming save you money? The interview also discusses the presence of lead in urban soil, natural predators in an urban environment, and ends with advice for aspiring urban farmers.

The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham
Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together by Sylvia Bernstein
Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard by Jessi Bloom and Kate Baldwin

This article first appeared at Waking Times

Dylan Charles is a long time student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. He is the editor of, a grateful father and a person who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information.


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MAMADOC said...

SO INSPIRING... !!! Early in the 19th C., the city of Paris exported veggies to the countryside from where they would receive grains and lumber. Country people were to a great extent fed by the city where excrement was abundant. A return to the past that was greatly overdue!

MAMADOC said...

ps Havana is my hometown, originally, where I was born. This development is the best thing to be happening there right now... especially that the authorities are allowing it to happen, getting in on the secret of communitarian (instead of "socialist") autonomy in basic survival mechanisms. The only healthy answer to the mess that stubborn "revolutionaries" managed to create.

Julie K. said...

Thank you for these interviews, there were really inspiring. It´s sad to know that urban farms are often overlooked. I just wish people looked them often and realized what a great thing they are doing for the nature. At least it should be presented in a better way, so more young people or couples will be interested. I´ve became interested in urban farming years ago and I definitely think that people should pay more attention. Sometimes I think people have are too afraid to do it or are influenced by the weird myths about the urban gardening. However, I still want to believe that the urban farms and farming communities are the future of the agriculture. And I do believe, especially after listening to the people in the interviews, or listening to the way they talk about their work with such a passion, was amazing.

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