The New Urban Farmer and Good Old American Know-How

By Jay North
Going Organic

At a time when cities worldwide are growing and urban population is exploding, there is an increased need for locally grown produce. On 03/Jan/2010, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization declared that feeding billions of urban dwellers will necessitate small micro farms in large urban areas. Urban farmers are already feeding over 700,000 people in the world, and many organizations speculate that this number will grow by 60% by the year 2030.

Urban farming involves using small plots of land to grow produce in densely populated areas. Small vacant lots, large undeveloped fields, backyards, and rooftops are used to produce crops for local consumption. The farms can take many forms. Just one case in point is a small backyard farm just outside of New York City that produces three hundred pounds of tomatoes per month during its season.

There are numerous examples like this worldwide that utilize small plots of land to produce livestock, milk, eggs, and a variety of fresh produce.

Poverty Rates Continue to Climb

Poverty rates throughout the world including the USA are on the increase. In some developing countries such as India, several South American countries, and Asia, people spend 60% of their income on food.

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2 responses to “The New Urban Farmer and Good Old American Know-How

  1. Pingback: The New Urban Farmer and Good Old American Know-How | Food Freedom | Organic Review

  2. New farmers in the US and Canada are having success with SPIN-Farming, which is a small plot farming system that outlines how to make money growing in backyards, front lawns and neighborhood lots. SPIN provides everything you’d expect from a good franchise: a business concept, marketing advice, financial benchmarks and a detailed day-to-day workflow. In standardizing the system and creating a reproducible process it really isn’t any different from McDonalds. By offering a non-technical, easy-to-understand and inexpensive-to-implement farming system, it allows many more people to farm commercially, wherever they live, as long as there are nearby markets to support them. A free calculator that shows how much farm income can be made from backyards and neighborhood lots is available at the SPIN website – http://www.spinfarming.com/free/

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