Aquaponics, a sustainable future?

The human population is constantly increasing, making food, land, and other resources extremely valuable and scarce in some areas. The ability for people to have access to healthy food rather than easily obtainable unhealthy alternatives has become a growing issue in highly dense areas like cities. Luckily, where there is a problem there are usuallyContinue reading “Aquaponics, a sustainable future?”

Grow To Learn, Grow To Love:

Bringing Children Into the Garden and Those Veggies Onto Their Plates                 “Eat your veggies or no dessert!”                 Have you ever said those words? Has someone said them to you? If you are a parent, the answer might be yes to both questions. It is well known fact that parents have struggled to encourageContinue reading “Grow To Learn, Grow To Love:”

Incentive zones in urban agriculture

What is AB 551? AB 551, also called the urban agriculture incentive zones act began in 2013. This act allows cities and counties to provide landowners a property deduction if they commit their land to urban agriculture use for at least five years. This bill aims to increase the use of privately owned, vacant landContinue reading “Incentive zones in urban agriculture”

Why We Need To Take Ownership of Our Own Trash

For urban farming to succeed, there must be a collective effort beyond the people who manage the operations of the urban farm lot and distribution of harvested produce. This is due to the fact because urban farming is inherently community oriented and requiring a large amount of participation from the city of operations. Purchasing freshContinue reading “Why We Need To Take Ownership of Our Own Trash”

Should Gardening be grounded or allowed to flow?

Urban gardens in cities need plenty of room, soil, light, and water. Without some of those, plants cannot grow to their full capacity or bear any produce. Plants can indeed live without what we know as “soil.” Plants can live in running water as long as they have sunlight and oxygen to respirate with; thisContinue reading “Should Gardening be grounded or allowed to flow?”

How much can one individual Impact? Analyzing food waste in the U.S.

            As we saw in this week’s modules, we saw that urban agriculture contributes on a local level. The positive impacts varied from feeding the community to compost. For today, an aspect that captured my attention was how much food is wasted in the U.S. which according to the USDA is about 30-40% which equates toContinue reading “How much can one individual Impact? Analyzing food waste in the U.S.”

Stay Connected with Your Community Supported Agriculture

Urban agriculture has been gaining popularity due to the benefits in the community. Urban agriculture helps provide food security and helps create an economy by also creating environmental benefits. It is important to support local farms in your community in order to continue to provide fresh produce to families that need it. One way toContinue reading “Stay Connected with Your Community Supported Agriculture”

Who Really Benefits?: Criticisms of AB 551 Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act

When it comes to creating urban farms one of the biggest hurdles for farmers and communities to tackle is access to land and land security. This issue is particularly challenging in larger cities across California where little land is available and where any available land is in high demand. Many farms, most notable being theContinue reading “Who Really Benefits?: Criticisms of AB 551 Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act”

Things to know before building an Urban Garden

Urban gardens            The popularity of urban gardens has grown scientifically over the pass few years. Urban gardens help provide food security for families who do not have easy access to healthy foods or cannot afford food. With an increase of people creating urban garden they are buying a lot supplies like fertilizers, seeds, and pesticides.Continue reading “Things to know before building an Urban Garden”

Is Organic Really “Organic”?

As more people continue to consume organic foods, the industry has expanded to reach $50 billion in sales. This number accounts for 5.8% of total U.S. food sales in 2019, proving to be a small slice of the pie, but there are some issues within the industry that everyone might not agree with.   TheContinue reading “Is Organic Really “Organic”?”