Urban farm

Urban farming is a broad term used to describe the growing of food in urban areas. This can vary from small scale gardening by individuals and groups to large scale gardening projects producing significant amounts of food.

In the UK there are some projects growing food for local communities based on the UK allotment system. That is, small plots of land leased to individuals at low rents. A full size allotment is typically about 1/8 acre.

Urban farming is just beginning to develop in the UK. The idea of growing food where it is to be consumed is real common sense. Not only can local people play a part in producing their own food but transport is eliminated (or severely reduced) which can only help the environment.

There are many opportunities for this type of project in the UK, I would like to hear of anything similar. Please email me if you have any information webmaster@organicgarden.org.uk.

Resources
Urban Agriculture and Community Food Security in the United States: Farming from the City Center to the Urban Fringe
Links
UN Food for the cities The task of feeding the world’s cities adequately constitutes an increasingly pressing challenge
Cities Feeding People
The program initiative on urban agriculture (UA) at Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
Backyard Farmers May Hold Major Piece of World Food Puzzle As urban populations grow at unprecedented rates here and around the
globe, city farmers are becoming more and more important.
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens is a UK organisation representing groups involved in community led development of open space through locally managed farming and gardening.
Foundation for Local Food Iniatives Our aim is to promote and support the growth of healthy local food economies, as a key contribution to sustainable development.

Plants for a Future

A resource centre for rare and unusual plants which have edible, medicinal or other uses
Rooftop farms An Urban Rooftop Integrated Microfarm For Mt.Gravatt’s Commercial Buildings (Australia)
RUAF Project The resource centre for urban agriculture and food.
United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation The UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Valuable, early papers on Urban Agriculture The United Nations University Press – Food and Nutrition Bulletins, 1985, 1987
City farmer N. American urban farming

If you know of anything that would be of interest to other please let us know. Email
ino@organicgarden.org.uk