Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating and distributing food in a city. This makes a city more resilient to supply chain disruptions. Urban agriculture may also improve the local environment and benefit the community as a social or educational activity. The following are common types of urban agriculture.
Backyard GardensGrowing food on the property of a home. This often involves sharing food with family, friends and neighbors as it typically results in a surplus at harvest time. Alternatively, foods can be preserved and stored.
Street LandscapingLandscaping streets such as living street design for mixed use. This may include community gardens that are managed by a neighborhood.
Tactical GardensUsing small available spaces for agriculture in a practical and quick way that doesn't involve great expensive. For example, a keyhole garden that replaces a parking spot on a street.
GreenhousesResidential, community or commercial greenhouses.
Forest GardeningGardens in urban forests that may include diverse crops such as fruits, nuts, herbs and vegetables.
Using space on roofs to grow food. Green roofs may reduce urban heat islands and help to improve air quality.Using the space on internal and external walls to grow food.
Vertical FarmsThe potential to build farms upwards to reduce the land footprint of agriculture.
Animal HusbandryRaising animals for food. For example, cities that allow residents to raise a limited number of chickens.
Urban BeekeepingUrban beekeeping is a reasonably common hobby that may have benefits for the local environment.
AquaponicsRaising aquatic animals such as fish. In a city, this is typically accomplished by capturing stormwater to create a self-sustaining system.
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