From rooftop gardens to beekeeping, urban agriculture is on the rise. This practice is gaining popularity around the world, due to the many economic, health, community, and environmental benefits it offers.
On the economic front, urban gardening can create business opportunities for individuals while enabling members of the community to develop transferrable job skills. Those who grow their own food also enjoy increased food quality at a decreased cost.
The health benefits of urban farming are many. Not only do families who grow their own produce generally consume more fruits and vegetables, the food is also organic. The act of farming itself is one that requires physical exercise, serves as a source of stress-relief, and provides a person with a sense of accomplishment.
And speaking of community, the benefits here are perhaps the richest of all. Urban gardening brings neighbors together into a situation where they work towards a common goal. As a result, neighbourhood safety is improved, and crime rates tend to decrease. People from different cultural backgrounds come together and learn from each other's traditions and practices for growing and preparing food. Additionally, it inspires youth to get involved in a healthy, productive activity while honing their organizational and leadership skills.
An added bonus (aside from having seasonal, fresh food) is that gardens and allotments create beautiful, lush spaces that revitalize the urban landscape.