Organic urban farming: success cases around the world and tips to grow your own edible garden

By Sergio González | 11:05

Organic grown vegetables and livestock beating conventional farming in points such as nutrients density or taste are absolutely out of the question; lots of studies regarding this matter have been conducted to prove so and will continue as passion for organic healthy food is declining  as a trend and is becoming a true way of living, gaining new followers and supporters every single day. If, like the great majority of us, you happen to live in an urban area, organic fields may seem to be far away and its fresh clean produce can be hard to reach. But do not despair my fellow organic enthusiasts since the inventions of mankind are limitless; urban harvest projects are emerging worldwide, like mushrooms after a rainy day, to satisfy our needs for healthy food and human cooperation.

You may have already decided you don’t want conventional chemical-filled groceries in your table anymore but don’t have the time or the aim to undertake such a task on your own. Come have a look at these amazing projects!

  • Urban farming. This non-profit organization is one of the best ideas ever. Created by Taja Sevelle, a former songwriter and musician, who put together unemployed labour and unused urban land to create edible gardens and a sense of community by bringing in people from many different backgrounds to benefit the whole neighbourhood. Following the same path, we find Urban Harvest, with a special interest in gardening and urban harvest education as well as market support for farmers. 
  • Focusing on impoverished urban areas of Southern countries, RUAF Foundation is working hard to ensure food safety and employment generation around urban farming, helping local economic development and community participation.
  • Green City Acres. A small business from Canada which we hope will inspire other entrepreneurs – as a matter of fact, this idea is spreading all around the country and also USA. They grow organic chemical-free vegetables using their neighbour’s backyards. The landowners receive some of the produce for free as payment and the rest will be sold to the local markets. A perfect example of how to be green as well as profitable.


“If you want something done well, do it yourself” claims the old saying; here are some tips on how to grow your own urban harvest. Whether you live in a small flat downtown or a nice house in the suburbs, this info will help you become healthier through your daily intake as “you are what you eat”:

  • Plan your needs carefully. Single? Living with your partner? A family of 5? Starting from a 50 squared yard piece of land you can harvest 8-10 pounds of fresh vegetables per week. If you only have window boxes to grow, take into account that herbs, such as tomatoes or sweet peppers, will grow easier than tuberous crops and 5 to 6 sunlight hours and protection from wind will be needed.
  • Get to know where you live: nothing says organic better than seasonal farming. The crops that will flourish in Rome may find it difficult to prosper in New York. Choose, when possible, indigenous vegetables to see them bloom easily to their best.
  • Learn from the experienced ones. There are many cities in the world with an urban harvest community going on. Go talk to them and let their experience light your way or join them to be part of something bigger.
  • Be patient and learn from your mistakes. Nature will find its way to thrive even if we are not a green thumb but knowing the proper sunlight for our crops, water and fertilizer needed will prevent them from suffering.
  • Don’t throw away your trash. Coffee grounds and egg shells can help boost your crops. Learn how!

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