In crowded urban landscapes, growing sustainable food means gardeners shouting over traffic noise, herbs growing at the edge of sidewalks, and city skylines is the backdrop of any ‘look what I grew!’ photographs.
Welcome to Urban Farming and chances are there is a garden near you.
Part of a global initiative to encourage people to grow their own food, the Urban Farming 100 Million Families and Friends campaign encourages city dwellers to create community gardens on unused land.
After starting in 2005 with just three gardens and a pamphlet, they now have over 62,000 community and residential gardens registered worldwide. They have programs in the USA, Australia, England, and Jamaica, and many others.
The movement is not only cultivating a generation of green fingered talent, but also has a goal to end hunger – one garden at a time.
City farmers grow fruit, vegetables and herbs which help provide people access to fresh food they might not otherwise have had. Gardens break the cycle of dependency – people learn skills, and save money – money they can then use to help themselves in other ways, like paying off debts, paying for school fees, or starting a business. Much of the excess food is donated to food banks, families who need help, as well as the growers themselves.
They also provide education resources so people can sustainably grow their own food at home, even with just a few pots on a windowsill.
Want to help out? It’s easy. Register on the site for free, locate your nearest garden (or start one yourself), and spend a few hours a month out in the sunshine making a truly beautiful garden grow. Out of this you meet amazing people, help feed people, and you might even take some tasty treats home yourself.
Fresh food, and a possible end to urban hunger. What’s not to love?
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