The Urban Farming Guidebook is a free pdf resource for helping local governments to plan the growing of food in their cities. Given that we’re all about bottom-up action, we feel that it’s best placed in the hands of potential growers, so they can get on with creating local food systems!And that means you. This guide was written for Canadian councils in BC, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting, or useful, for the rest of us. There’s 4 case studies of successful urban farms in BC, and plenty of inspiration and workable ideas for more.
“Urban farming has emerged at the frontier of a burgeoning trend in local food and community resiliency. Local food retailers, restaurants, and consumers are responding as partnerships with chefs and even mainstream grocers are being established. Vegetables farmed in the city are finding their way onto menus, food carts, and produce stands.
As a result, linkages in the local food chain are becoming stronger in concert with a growing consumer demand for local and sustainably grown food.
Although it is not expected that these farms will ever feed a whole city, they have great potential for increasing community health through providing secure access to fresh food in the face of rising food prices, as well as stimulating community wealth with new sources of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities…”
There’s some great stuff in this guide – apart for the case-studies of existing urban farms and a good overview of other workable models for sustainably growing food in cities, there’s many suggestions about the brass tacks aspects of farming…
Yields, zoning, how to get soil, and all the seemingly small details that are so often make or break for an urban farming enterprise.