- Urban agriculture, urban farming, or urban gardening is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around urban areas. It can involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, urban beekeeping, and horticulture.
- Generally, urban farming as a practice is a larger investment than gardening. Urban farms often receive formal institutional support, becoming integrated into local town planning as a “transition town” movement for sustainable urban development.
BENEFITS OF URBAN FARM
- Income generation will be more
- Reduces storm-water runoff and improves urban environment quality
- Reduction of the local carbon footprint
- Crop preservation and new crop development
- Community participation – unifies people
- Creates a sense urban food security.
- Community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community gardens utilize either individual or shared plots on private or public land while producing fruit, vegetables, and/or plants grown for their attractive appearance.
- A community garden can change the culture of a neighborhood by providing a shared interest and activity that brings people together.
- For example, one community garden can consist of several raised beds on an empty lot and nearby house people can come by each day to attend the plants and pick food to eat.
BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY GARDEN
- Beautifying the landscape
- Making fresh produce accessible
- Promoting healthier lifestyle
- A cleaner environment
- Stronger communities
- Opportunities for learning
- Relieving stress and increasing wellness.
So basically, we cannot compare these two and decide which one is better because these both farming techniques are quite similar to each other. Their benefits seems to be same. What we need to understand is that it is a very good plan that could be implemented in India. If it was already we need to focus more on this subject and have to expand the scope of it.
This blog is authored by Akshaya – Enviro Club