Can you feel it?
Urban farming, organic gardening, small-scale local agriculture, and agrihoods are the movers and shakers of the modern back-to-the-land movement. This movement seeks to address current issues like the contradiction of food scarcity and waste, childhood obesity, exponential city growth, greenhouse gasses and climate change. Living greener and growing organic have positive effects, big and small. Farmers markets have increased in the US at a rate of more than 180% since 2006.
Countries are banning GMO crops and legislating or inventing creative solutions to food waste and scarcity. Bringing gardening into school curriculum is creates lifelong healthy eaters and introduces new fruits and vegetables to picky-eating and/or under-privileged children. Simply sinking your hands into the soil can combat stress and depression. Edible gardens address the California drought by more efficiently using water and cultivating soil health.
This is a revolution with roots in traditional small-scale farming, the Victory Gardens of WWII, the 1960-70’s counterculture and environmentalist movements. The American population has shifted from rural places to urban areas, making city green spaces scarcer and separating folks from the land. Urban agriculture reintroduces green spaces and uses ingenuity to effectively farm in smaller spaces. Chances are, if you’re a city-dweller, you can think of one or two empty lots or expansive grass lawns in your neighborhood, prime for hosting gardens.
San Diego has passed an agricultural incentive ordinance, cutting property taxes for vacant lots turned into gardens. Beehives are cropping up on skyscrapers and at the White House, vegetable gardens appearing in ballparks, chickens in backyards. Here in San Diego county, California Farm and Garden manages small urban farms to provide authentic farm-to-table ingredients for local restaurants.
Today activists, farmers, communities, families and single people are discovering new ways to connect with food and the land. Join us as we address large-scale issues on a small scale, growing food for your favorite restaurants, on the campuses of corporations, schools and hospitals, and right in your backyard.