When I first heard the term “urban agriculture,” I thought that it was a potential answer to the jeopardy question of “What is a oxy moron?” But as I learned more about it, urban agriculture turned out to be an actual thing. It exists.
Now many of you are probably asking, “What does urban agriculture even mean?” At least that was my first question.
News flash: Farming is no longer solely a rural enterprise. According to a MIT report, 20% of the people that are undernourished live in cities. Due to high housing costs and unemployment, obtaining food becomes a challenge. In order to decrease this statistic, there must be new areas to grow food. After dealing with this problem for years, cities finally had a grand idea- why not try to grow their own food?
The city of Seattle was one of the first to explore this concept. Their P-Patch Program was established almost forty years ago. Covering more than forty acres, the produce generated is enough to serve over 2,000 households.
This is not just an experiment any more. More and more cities are jumping on the bandwagon of incorporating agriculture into there future plans. An area of land in-between the lower-income Cabrini Green district and the upper-end Gold Coast section in Chicago has been converted into an urban farm that produces over 25,000 pounds of produce.