Who Needs A Garden to Garden?
With over fifty percent of the world’s population living in urban areas, pioneering urbanites are rethinking what it means to live responsibly and sustainably within the realities of density and concrete. Born out of the realization that growing our own food could alleviate future challenges (e.g. fuel shortages, food scarcity), urban farming movements around the world are calling on city dwellers to get their hands dirty.
In cities, where relatively few have outdoor space to call their own, ‘urban farmers’ have carved out some unexpected spaces in which to grow food, be it in their backyards, in unused city lots, in the middle of traffic circles or even, as Brooklyn resident Ian Cheney has done, in the back of his pickup truck.
In Vancouver, Urban Farming initiative, Solefood, has made it their model and their mandate to lease and transform vacant urban lots into large city gardens using portable wooden planter boxes, growing a variety of artisanal produce to sell to restaurants and farmers markets and for distribution to community organizations. Vancouver based Victory Gardens is another unique entrepreneurial venture that offers education, infrastructure and maintenance to support individuals growing their own food. Echoing back to earlier urban farming movements, the Victory Gardens name derives from WWI and WWII campaigns that called upon citizens to grow their own food as part of the war effort.
With so many viable and creative spaces to grow food surrounding us, where will you plant your garden this year?