Successful urban farmers use intensive agriculture

Andy Pressman

Andy Pressman

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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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Craft Brew News bringing regional and national attention to agriculture across southern New England.
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One Response to Successful urban farmers use intensive agriculture

  1. “… heat island effect of pavement and sidewalks …” They may also benefit from higher concentrations of carbon dioxide than in rural areas. After all, greenhouses are fed CO2-enriched air to spur growth. As for the use of intensive farming techniques: well, given the space constraints there certainly can be no “extensive” farming in cities, could there?

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