Do you want to grow your own fresh organic fruits and vegetables at home, but don’t have enough space in your backyard? Today, anyone can become an urban farmer. You don’t need a large yard, you can easily grow your food in any small space, outdoors or indoors in a container garden.
This blog will show you different ways to grow your own food and help you start your own home based urban farm.
Growing fresh food in an urban garden or in a home based urban farm can be a great experience, and a great way to get your own organic foods at home. It could save you money on grocery bills and improve your health with healthy food, and it would also helps improve your environment. You don’t need a lot of space or a big garden to start a home based urban farm.
Historically, we all grew our own organic food at home. But then, food became a major commodity when the commercial farmers started growing and marketing food for profit. With the growth of commercial food producers, many of the inorganic elements such as chemical fertilizers, toxic pesticides, and inorganic herbicides started being introduced to the agricultural systems to increase production and profit. We do not need any of the harmful toxic chemical residue in our food.
Today, people who are enthusiastic about organic food, but don’t want to pay the high price, can easily grow their own food in any available space indoors or outdoors, ot around the house using containers or any other urban farming techniques that we have discussed in our earlier blogs.
“A new wave of farming is happening in a city near you. While true, Old MacDonald had a farm (ee-i-ee-i-o), his offspring have some urban fish to fry. They’re working off loans, and can’t necessarily afford a parcel of land. They’re young parents who want to save money on cherry tomatoes. They’re newlyweds paying off healthcare debt, and growing taters in their trashcan. They’re students avoiding crappy dining plans. They’re urban farmers. Plain and simple.” – Alternet
One of the pitfalls of living in the city is that you don’t have the luxury of having huge farm lands or space. However, no matter where you live, you could find some space to grow your own food. For example, you could grow a salad garden on your windowsill, a vertical garden on your fence, or some dwarf fruit trees in containers on your patio.
There are many urban farms found around the world today, that are using rooftops of high rise buildings, abandoned parking lots, or even vertical towers gardens to grow food indoors or outdoors in the middle of the city.
No matter where you live, you can grow food anywhere, indoors, on counter tops, or outdoors on rooftops. Growing your own food would give you food security, financial benefits, and you could easily share your own home grown food with your friends and family. It would produce some extra food, take some of the pressure off your grocery bills and also could be a great way to generate some extra cash, all while you improve your neighborhood environment.
Video Credit: Urban Organic Gardener
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Source: Institute of Ecolonomics
More and more people across the United States are embracing farm fresh, local foods, rather than imported and exotic foods. What could be fresher and more local than home grown organic foods from your own garden?