Urban farming is the utilization of unused space to be transformed into a garden to grow crops for people in need in the urban community. Farmers find purpose in empty parking lots, building tops, and the empty space between architecture. Resourcefulness is key during cold weather to ensure that the crops last longer than a season, so raised garden beds are used so that farmers are able to plant earlier in the season by raising the soil off of the ground so that it’s warmer and better drained. (photo by Jedidah Taylor)
Urban farming offers to make food as local as possible so that the number of miles our crops have to travel is decreased and people get the freshest food money can buy. Growing fruits and vegetables in the community guarantees that food is really healthy versus grocery shopping for those same necessities–plus the nutrients, minus the cost. Creativity is the ability to be able to form unique ideas and techniques that become useful. Urban farmers have invented ways to cultivate when the weather isn’t exactly “ideal”. Discarded household items are reused to the advantage of crops in urban communities. Their roots are withdrawn from the soil, and placed in the drawer of an old dresser to remove the plants from the corrupted soil.
(photo by Jedidah Taylor)
Improving the Community:
One Plant at a Time — The simple act of gardening can bring a resolution to issues like economics, health, and politics at the same time because food is an essential focal point of human activity. The Truly Living Well Center in downtown Atlanta brings the community a step closer to becoming agricultural based again. Often times, people forget that agriculture made civilization exist and without it, the community would lack this important aspect. (photo by Briana Clinkscales