One of the beauties of urban farming is that it can be implemented on both a small scale by individual urban dwellers as well as large commercial scale, supplying surrounding communities with locally sourced urban farmed goods.
These 3 companies, running urban farming operations at the commercial scale in some of the worlds largest cities, are urban agriculture enterprises to watch out for, if you have not seen their products on the shelf of your local grocery store, you may see them soon!
In urban areas with limited space, rooftops are a popular choice for not only outdoor gardens and farms but also indoor farms.
Beyond the obvious space advantages to rooftop farming, there are several other reasons why rooftops are more advantageous for agricultural production.
Urban agriculture implementation will have different limits in different geographical areas of the world.
As the world population residing in urban areas is projected to nearly double by 2050, these trends will become increasingly vital to fresh food production in urban areas.
If you are a beginning urban farmer, you need to know about these three tools. The best part? You can get them for less than 100 dollars.
One of the most frustrating aspects of starting an urban farming project for a beginner is the risk of failure when starting out.
Beginners all too often see:
- diseased and spindly plants
- odd tasting crops (if any grow)
Plants that are not great to look at, much less eat...
But there is a solution to many of these problems that most urban farming beginners (or even more experienced veterans) may not know or completely understand.
Grow lights are available in an incredibly wide amount of prices, sizes, and styles. (for a complete guide to the different types of grow lights and a discussion of their strengths and weaknesses, check out this article.)
For someone just starting out with urban farming, navigating this process to buy the correct grow light(s) is not always a simple task.
Before you make a purchase decision, you may want to consider these guidelines to consider before buying grow lights:
1. Space Available
2. Heat and grow lights
3. Know the key grow light specs
5. Vendor Quality
6. Common grow lighting accessories 7. Know the Unit Economics (cost to light per unit area)
11. Miscellaneous Helpful Notes on grow lights