trends in urban farming

The growing trend in urban farming, allotments, and home farming was reflected in Michelle Obama’s creation of a vegetable garden at the White House last year. A variety of vegetables were planted in a bid to educate children on local and seasonal produce as growing concerns of child obesity and diabetes make headlines in the Western world.

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Work AC, Edible Schoolyard NY and the Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Foundation are designing an edible schoolyard which will combine a large garden with a network of sustainable systems. At the heart of the project is the Kitchen Classroom, where up to thirty students can prepare and enjoy meals together.

 

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The Dalston Roof Park is another interesting project located in London’s urban East End. The Park demonstrates green potential for future urban development, increasing urban food self-sufficiency by examining the role the city can play in nurturing and enriching ecosystems.

 

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Similarly, Farm School NYC aims to increase the self-reliance of communities and inspire positive local action around issues of food access by providing comprehensive professional training in urban agriculture for New York City residents.

Launching in Spring 2009, Urban Garden Share matches homeowners with garden space to gardeners with experience. The venture is the perfect solution for cultivating both food production and community. Initially serving Seattle, the concept has grown to match gardens to gardeners in Louisville, Atlanta and Boise.

Farm: Shop, in London’s Dalston neighborhood, fuses the world of art with that of farming and urban living. Transforming a disused shop into a farm, café, and arts venue with chickens on the roof, mushroom-growing facilities in the basement, and a fishpond where visitors can catch their own fish.

 

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Using an aquarium allowing fresh water fish to be bred for eating in your home, Local River by Mathieu Lehanneur, grows vegetables. The glass dome on top of the aquarium helps to purify the water, allowing Local River to become a mini eco-system in itself.

The rise in popularity of pop-up restaurants, specialty delis, food halls and farmers’ markets has evolved into heightened interest in urban gardens due to the uniquely authentic experience. New gastronomic venues like the examples above, show that urban farming is evolving beyond a culture of food fanatics to mainstream acceptance.