What is urban farming and gardening?

Urban agriculture is defined as “small areas (e.g., vacant plots, gardens, verges, balconies, containers) within the city for growing crops and raising small livestock or milk cows for own consumption or sale in neighborhood markets” and can provide a source of food and income for urban dwellers (FAO, 2020, p. 5).

What does an urban gardener do?

Urban gardening is a broad term that can apply to herb gardens, vegetable gardens, beekeeping, and chicken farming that takes place in an urban area. City dwellers with green thumbs may choose to grow their own food in container gardens on their windowsills, rooftops, or apartment balconies.

What is urban gardening?

Urban gardening is the practice of cultivating in and around urban areas. It is also sometimes referred to as urban agriculture or urban horticulture. This practice may include growing plants for aesthetic purposes, but it is mainly for growing food.

What is urban vegetable gardening?

Urban horticulture is the cultivation of vegetables, fruits, aromatic plants or medicinal herbs, among other things, outside or in enclosed spaces on a domestic scale.

How is urban gardening different from traditional gardening?

Contrary to traditional farming, urban farming is the agriculture of food in urban areas that is small space friendly, uses fewer water resources, fewer food miles, more sustainable packaging, and emits less GHG. With slow steps, urban farming is solidifying its place in the larger food system.

Why is urban farming?

Why Urban Agriculture Matters. Experts believe that investing in urban agriculture can greatly enhance a community’s knowledge on agriculture. Through urban farm programs that educate and inform, many people will get involved and be more aware of how local food systems and processes are made and distributed.

What is urban farming and its advantages?

Community: Urban farming adds and preserves green space in cities, providing places for neighbors to come together, strengthen bonds, and build community cohesion. Urban agriculture connects people with the earth and the source of their food as well as with each other.


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