The increased interest in sustainability and purchasing organic products has led foodies, locavores and environmentally conscious individuals toward urban agriculture. This farming technique utilizes rooftops, vacant lots and any available space in an urban environment for food production. By giving city folks access to the freshest produce; urban agriculture creates a sense of food safety and security.
The concept, first seen in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom during World War I and II, helped reduce pressure on traditional food production. Public parks and private residences morphed into community gardens.
These plots contributed at least one-third of the vegetables consumed during that time and were originally called victory gardens. They were used as a morale booster and partnered with federal food assistance programs to help feed Americans during wartime.
An undeniable effect of urban agriculture is the community it creates amongst neighbors and city residents. The sense of community is palpable when a group of people bond together to create something worthwhile.
Urban agriculture is a step toward sustainability and is prevalent on both coasts from Los Angeles to New York City, and everywhere in between. Much of the produce grown on these plots are sold at farmers' market and contribute to the buy local movement. So, stop by the Franklinton Gardens' booth, say hello, and know that it also supports community driven agriculture.