Urban agriculture is, as the name suggests, the practice of growing food in urban environments. As the issue of food security and the carbon footprint of food become more important, more and more people are turning to urban agriculture as a way of contributing to their community’s sustainability.
There are different scales of urban agriculture, from professional and commercial urban farms, to veggie plots in community gardens, back yards and on balconies. In fact, with just a little bit of effort and a small set up cost, anyone can participate in urban agriculture, no matter how small the available space.
One of the most effective ways to increase the size of your available planting space is to create a green wall. A green wall can be easily installed by purchasing modular units, such as those made by Cityforest, to fit your space. Modular units can also be installed inside the home, so you could create a green wall of herbs in your kitchen, and another of vegetables on your balcony or along your back fence.
There are loads of fruits and vegetables that are well suited to a green wall. Tomatoes, strawberries, , eggplants, lettuce, Asian greens and carrots are just a few. They also make it easy to stay well stocked with microherbs as well, so you can have a huge variety on hand at any time.
Modular units designed specifically for green walls have other benefits: they are designed to stay moist, making your green wall more water wise, and your plants happier and healthier. They are also easy to maintain, as they are self-irrigating.
Practicing urban agriculture is not just a great way to keep stocked with your own fresh produce, it’s also cost effective. In fact, as food prices continue to climb, you might be surprised how much you can save just growing some of your own food.