by Elizabeth Wolf
Say “farm” and, despite the spread of industrial-scale agriculture, images of red barns, lone farmhouses and acres of crops growing in the country come to mind. Yet as the world becomes increasingly urbanized (over 80% of Americans live in cities), so too has food production. In fact, the USDA estimates that 15% of the world’s food supply is now grown in urban centers.
Whether via community gardens, vacant lots, backyards, front yards, municipal orchards, patio containers, rooftop gardens, window boxes, indoor systems or other means, urban agriculture is a growing trend—or, more accurately, a returning practice. Long before WWII victory gardens grew 40% of all vegetables in the U.S., from ancient times cities have produced at least some food within their borders.
Big Muddy Urban Farm is reviving this tradition in Omaha, Nebraska. Read Full Article »