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URBAN FARMING


Urban farming (also: urban agriculture) is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city. Urban farming can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, urban beekeeping and horticulture. These activities occur in peril-urban areas as well.


Urban farming can reflect varying levels of economic and social development. In the global north, it often takes the form of a social movement for sustainable communities, where organic growers, ‘foodies,’ and ‘locavores’ form social networks founded on a shared ethos of nature and community holism. These networks can evolve when receiving formal institutional support, becoming integrated into local town planning as a ‘transition town’ movement for sustainable urban development. In the developing south, food security, nutrition, and income generation are key motivations for the practice. In either case, more direct access to fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat products through urban farming can improve food security and food safety.