There are many benefits to farming in urban areas. Most urban farmers are close to markets and customers. They often spend less time and money transporting goods to customers than rural growers. Urban sites generally offer easy access to potable water. Most urban farmers have fewer wildlife problems than their rural counterparts. Urban environments tend to be 6 – 8 degrees F warmer than rural areas. This is partly due to the heat island effect of pavement and sidewalks.
Urban farms may be on abandoned or open lots, neighborhood backyards, city parks or rooftops. Many urban farmers grow on multiple sites and use intensive farming techniques.
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