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Having a connection with the plant is important and people find a lot of reasons why. Certainly, there are those who will do gardening for health reasons or just for the fun of it. Others simply want to grow their own food because they want them fresh and safe.
Urban gardening or farming has been around for some time now. The “Hanging Garden” in the ancient city of Babylon is one fine example. People In the medieval time would create their plots around the edges of their town which many think is where “allotment gardening” has evolved. During World War II, fresh fruits and vegetables in this country were produced in the Victory Gardens.
Urban farming is an offshoot of organic farming which helped city dwellers and consumers with foods that are grown locally. It improves the health by lessening the risk of obesity and heart disease of residents and at the same time keeping them safe.
With urban farming people (especially the children) get to appreciate how our foods are grown and where they come from. Just imagine having your own vegetable patch in your backyard and grown organically. There’s nothing better than freshly picked veggies straight to your kitchen. If everyone has an access to food with good quality, nutritious and affordable, the problem of hunger and obesity in most of our states would be reduced or perhaps eliminated.
With the increasing demand for organic foods by local grocery stores and restaurants, urban farming is definitely the way to go. Do you know that farm produce is laden with chemical preservatives when transported over long distance? Their nutritional value is lost so you really don’t get them fresh anymore. What is good about having locally grown food is how the local economy is stimulated. Energy usage is reduced together with the cost associated with the packaging, storage and in transporting the goods. More significantly, the money spent on local farming stays only within the local economy.
Urban farming also provides a sense of community and pride to local residents. It adds greenery to cities attracting tourists and bring jobs to the underserved areas. Urban farming also helps reduce stress on the sewer system usually caused by storm water runoff. It is an ecological program that is giving rooftops and unused space a new purpose and meaning. Some city planners and architects are now incorporating urban farming in their designs like vertical farms and rooftop gardens. Soon, city dwellers will be seeing more birds, butterflies, bees and other insects again.
Try growing organic tomatoes in containers today! You’ll be surprised how easy it is! Enjoy!