Young urban farmers use intensive biological practices to grow highly valued vegetables for direct sales to consumers. Under-used parcels of urban land are smaller then conventional farms but can still contribute a lot to food security. These urban growers do not have the cost of chemicals and so tend to be more profitable then conventional farms.
Farmers using organic/biological/regenerative practices and materials can maintain yields on small plots of land without using fertilizer every year.
Farmers using chemicals for yields have to spend money each year and this hurts farm profits.
Urban farms make money and increase food security within the communities they operate in. Young urban farmers also create jobs for young people, as we will discuss in another blog.
How can we increase the number of urban farmers across Canada? Research and experience on the ground shows what a great investment this would be. Why not start doing this right now?