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Urban Agriculture for Outdoor Adventure
Agriculture is sprouting in cities around the world.
Some people are more serious than others about the plants and bio-culture that grow in their backyards. A sizeable movement has flourished and waned...but mostly flourished in cities around the world. It seems you can take the person out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the person!
Home garden and then some!Urban agriculture is becoming a feasible sideline business, a significant contribution to a family's supply of fresh produce...and an experience in nature for those who have inches of dirt rather than acres.
Urban Agriculture is a new and growing field that is not completely defined yet even by those closest to it. It concerns itself with all manner of subjects from rooftop gardens, to composting toilets, to air pollution and community development. It encompasses mental and physical health, entertainment, building codes, rats, fruit trees, herbs, recipes and much more.
And of course, there is a growing presence of ideas, experience and contacts on the Web for those intersted in growing...or consuming the fruits of urban agriculture's crops.
Urban Agriculture Notes is written for those who want to start up their own "Office of Urban Agriculture", for those who have already done so, and for gardeners who are curious about what is referred to as political horticulture. This site grows week by week as the creative ... and busy... urbanites listen to the birds singing in their garden.
The City Farmer is intriguing and a breath of fresh air for those who don't already know it's possible to be quite productive with a tiny urban plot.
A few home gardening and agriculture items included on the site include:
** Red Celery In the Sunshine - An Urban Eden: transforming hopeless backyard hardpan into a lush organic plot. First published in 1984 in Harrowsmith magazine, this article describes City Farmer's Demonstration Food Garden.
** City Farmer's Y2K Victory Garden. "Our first strategy is to grow plants during the summer and fall, which can be harvested and stored in a garage or basement for use in the new year. Remember, no one in Canada will be planting a food garden on New Year's Day, 2000. There will be snow and ice on the ground (cold rain in Vancouver) and the days will be short."
** Urban Home Composting, City Farmer Style. If all our urban organic waste was turned back into crop nourishing humus, think how fertile the ground would become.
** "Neighborgardens was established in Vancouver to connect land-owners who have garden space they do not use, with land-less gardeners who would like the use of a garden, primarily to grow fresh vegetables in."
So if you want to see just how serious it is possible to get with your "square foot" garden space... check out this Canadian site. If these industrious folks who have very short growing seasons can do it... so can we in milder climes!
Have a wonderful nature break as you dream of the possibilities!
ENJOYYum, yum! Fresh veggies. Aaaaah! Crisp, beautiful flowers and foliage. Enjoy these miracles of life every chance you get...they refresh your spirit and reduce your stress.
LEARNIt is possible to learn how to make mini-gardens in cities. Some key search phrases to help you get started gardening -- or farming -- in urban areas include: urban farming, container gardening, urban agriculture, gardening in the city
MAKE A CHOICEHow can you green your space and reap benefits? By gardening, no matter where you live! You can choose to learn, to nurture nature and the feel the empowering rewards of self-sufficiency. It's possible to start gardening with a pot of herbs on a windowsill. Then add a larger pot of cherry tomatoes on your deck. Patience with your budding skills will reward you with emotional fruit, physical exercise, and of course, fresh food and flowers!
MAKE A CHANGEWhat WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.
For more articles about ENJOYING NATUREBotanical Garden Links
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