Urban gardening refers to growing food in a heavily populated place like a town or a city. It doesn’t require a huge amount of land or space, just some determination and creativity. Urban gardens come in all shapes and sizes, from vertical green walls to gardens cultivated exclusively in pots. There are backyard gardens and gardens grown in shipping containers. You can do it on your own, or partner with friends and neighbours to start a community garden.
In an urban garden, people can grow organic, sustainable produce that couldn’t get more local than their own backyard or community garden space. These are all things that are important for people’s well-being, as well as the health of the community and the planet, since gardening offers emotional, social and environmental rewards, from stress reduction to improving social connections and lowering carbon emissions.
Since urban gardens come in so many forms for all sizes and types of spaces, you can turn practically any urban setting into a garden oasis. Your urban garden can offer benefits for your health and grocery bill while improving soil and water quality. It can have a positive impact on the climate by helping to draw down and store carbon while providing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. It can improve local biodiversity and help you connect with neighbours and the wider community.
Property values around community gardens can increase by as much as 9.4%.
Community gardens can reduce household concerns over food security by as much as 90%.
Those who grow food in community gardens eat 37.5% more fruits and vegetables than those who don’t.
About $6 of produce comes from each dollar invested in a community garden.
The 100 biggest cities in the U.S. contain more than 29,000 community gardens.
Most produce from an urban farm will travel less than 1% of the more than 1,500 miles that the average item of produce that is conventionally grown travels from farm to table, and to transport the conventionally-grown produce can result in 1,700 percent more CO2 emissions.
About 10.76 square feet of an urban rooftop farm can offset the yearly carbon emissions of one car.
Urban farming has been found to increase owner occupancy and socioeconomic diversity within a third-of-a-mile radius.
The best way to store and save your food is using a natural plastic free food container, for the fridge and on the go, for home, office, school, outdoor activities of any kind. Try our wheat straw or beeswax food containers, as well as many other eco-friendly kitchenware.
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