Urban Farmers for Food Freedom Visiting Local Schools to Teach About Urban Farming!
Urban Farmers for Food Freedom has been super excited to bring miniature goats and baby chicks out to multiple elementary and middle schools in the Visalia Unified School District to teach students about Urban Farming!
In addition to teaching about chickens and goats and letting the kids get hands on experience brushing, petting and handling these sweet animals, we’ve been teaching students all about local community sustainability, and getting our hands dirty making pollinator friendly seed bombs to throw / plant around the school!
Check out a sample of what we’re teaching in Tulare County public schools!
Definition of Urban Farming
Urban agriculture can be defined shortly as the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities. You don’t have to own a lot of land to be an urban farmer. An individual, a couple of friends, a family, a nonprofit group, a school classroom, or a neighborhood group can start and run an urban farm.
Urban farming has become a means to increase access to locally grown food and a way of reintroducing the public to the many aspects of food that we have lost as a culture. The importance of urban farming is increasingly being recognized by international organizations like the United Nation Habitat and the World Food and Agriculture Organization.
Examples of Urban Farming
Urban farming can involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, urban beekeeping, horticulture and much more. Some of the more common food production and sustainable practices you’ll find on a household urban farm is:
Raising miniature dairy goats
Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Gardens
Cultivating pollinator friendly plants
Composting and recycling
Rain water collecting and water conservation practices
Student art for Urban Farmers from Woodlake Middle School Students!
Why Urban Farming is Important
As more people begin to understand our food system, many are seeking to have more input into how food is grown, how it is treated after being harvested and how it moves from one place along the food route to another. People have begun to understand how far food travels, and that they, as the consumer, have had no say in what is grown or how it is grown. Urban farming helps to change that, and give individuals the freedom to produce their own food if they choose to do so.
Ultimately, urban farming is beneficial for families, for the community and for the environment.
How Urban Farming Helps Families
The costs of supplying and distributing food to urban areas based on rural production and imports continue to increase every year. Urban farming is a great way to help to alleviate poverty and food insecurity with lower income families and allows families control over what they eat and how it is grown. Growing your own food saves households money, provides individuals access to healthy food, and allows families to be self-sufficient and self-reliant.
How Urban Farming Helps Communities
A community that is aware of and engaged in urban farming, is a community that is focused on conservation, stewardship and teamwork. The more that families and communities engage in urban farming, the greater the “greening and cleaning” effect on the city, with positive impacts on the micro-climate (shade, temperature, sequestration of CO2). Knowing where your food comes from, and respecting, enhancing and protecting your environment creates a priceless and strong sense of community.
How Urban Farming Helps the Environment