Community Gardening/Urban Farming
I have been a home-gardening enthusiast for as far back as I can remember. Something about planting seeds, and watching them grow into beautiful, living green structures excites me. And I don’t mean this in any self-conceited way; like some horticulturalists are wont to do these days. Indeed, I have come across many experienced gardeners nowadays who consider their work as being similar to that of the Creator himself.
‘Oh please!’, I always mumble inaudibly under my breath – when I come across ‘fine’ folk like these. Nothing but pure hubris, and an inflated sense of the self…
How I Became Involved with Community Gardening
Recently, as I was conducting an online search on my Spectrum internet connection, I came across something interesting. An online forum that goes by the domain name of garden.org, where plant and herb lovers converge from all over the country. With my curiosity piqued, I decided to create a free account on the service. Almost as soon as my profile became active, I received connection requests from 4 different residents near me. One of them, a middle-aged gardener who goes by the name of Sally Whitefield (her online alias, of course), actually lived on my street!
Further intrigued, I looked up these peoples’ profile pages in detail. I came across the term ‘Urban Farming’ listed under their ‘Personal Interests’ field, which made me curious. Being primarily a domestic gardener, I didn’t quite understand what the word ‘urban’ had to do with farming. That was a profession more rightly suited for the countryside and rural settings, right?
But as I expanded my online research on the subject, I came to discover the exact opposite. It turned out there indeed did exist such a concept as ‘city-based plant farming’. And not only was this idea hugely relevant to modern societies, it also offered many distinct economic and environmental advantages. I decided to verbally engage with my new-found acquaintances soon after this realization hit.
Little did I know, then, that I would soon be embarking on an educational adventure like no other. One that combined my love for gardening with the attainment of a stellar monthly income.
Nothing beats getting paid for doing what you love, right?
A Brief Primer on Urban Farming
Simply put, Urban Farming (or Community Gardening – the terms are generally interchangeable) refers to the collective ownership of a garden patch. This plot of land can be privately kept and used to grow all kinds of plants that one can think of. Any produce recovered from these fields, whether fruits, herbs, vegetable, or even flowers, can, later on, be sold for a profit. In the U.S and certain parts of Canada, such types of in-city farms are quite common. Oftentimes they are kept within families for generations and sold when property prices increase.
In the U.K and several Western European countries, publically-owned community gardens are more prevalent. These are managed by the government as either recreational or sales-oriented commercial venues. Taxpayer money is primarily used to cater to their running expenses; though they can be made financially sustainable through experienced hands.
Community Gardening as an Ideal Food Source
The main benefit provided by community gardens to urban dwellers comes through their provision of fresh, natural eatables. These days, organic fruits and vegetables are being harvested in abundance from these locations. These food items provide alternatives to city-folk looking to diversify their meals with healthier options. Although this edible produce is oftentimes more expensive to attain than supermarket foodstuff, it can be taken as an investment.
And in one’s long-term health, no less!
By employing urban farms as sites for seasonal food production, many industrious garners have reaped huge profits.
This also happens to be my main line of monetary occupation these days. In fact, I’ve recently been able to pursue a complete home renovation project through my gardening savings.
The Benefits of some ‘City Greenery’
On a lesser discussed footing, they also impart substantial aesthetic, environmental and ecological benefits to urban centers. From the standpoint of good appearances, whodoesn’t like some greenery and vegetation in his/her viewing field? I know I do, whenever I chance to take a stroll around my backyard garden during the dawn time.
No one can deny the cathartic influence of multi-colored flowers, vegetables, and fruits on the senses. All of these things speak deeply to our romantic faculties and continue to serve as the inspiration behind many artistic productions of the day.
More greenery also translates into higher concentrations of ambient oxygen in the air during sunlight hours. The trunks, branches, nuts, and leaves of trees additionally function as the living habitats of a variety of animal species.
Should You Consider Enrolling in an Urban Farming Project?
Normally, I only recommend it to experienced farmers and gardeners. This is because the work involved in growing the plants and protecting them from environmental predators is strenuous. Many well-meaning amateur gardeners think that they can cope with the pressure, only to admit defeat a few months afterward.
But if you’re simply looking for a new and labor-intensive experience, then there shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Just don’t count on getting rich anytime soon!
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Alex Brian is an entrepreneur, marketer, and writer. He loves beaches and bathing in the sun. That’s where he finds his inspiration to author in-depth guides that teach E-commerce store owners ways to manage, grow and scale their business. In a former life, Alex co-founded a custom menswear company which generates 6-figures in annual revenue through its website and retail.