Are you looking for a weekend project for you and your family to enjoy? Do you live in the city? If so, why not try to start a small urban farming project with your family and friends. You don’t need a huge space to do so, just find a small are in the community, it could be an empty lot, your building’s rooftop, a small veranda, or basically anything you can put pots and plants in. The advantages of having one and the enjoyment you, your family and friends will have are worth all that work. It’s also fairly easy to start.
My Experience starting my own Urban Farm
A few months back, I started a small tomato farm on a small patch of soil near the alley of my apartment, of course, I asked permission with the land lord to do so, and he and a few tenants were happy to join in and help. The whole experience allowed everyone in the building to bond in a way we never had, in fact, I believe that it enabled us to grow closer with each other.
Within a few weeks the once barren area that is the alley, became a small garden. The change was because we all chipped in and took turns watering and cleaning our little tomato farm. Weeks turned to months and our farm had its firs harvest. Everyone had a share of the tomato harvest, even the land lord, who also helped maintain the farm.
Thinking back, I was just free and wanted to do something with my weekends, the whole tomato farm was merely a whim of mine. What allowed it to succeed was the community coming together to and turning the farm into a reality.
Why Start Your Own
The tomatoes we grew is probably one of the best tomatoes I ever had, not because of the soil (Truth be told we didn’t even think it would grow anything), but because it was the product of hard work done by a community that came together. When it comes to projects, what is important is not the result but the effect that it gives to a community.
If you don’t think the prospect of all the tomatoes, or whatever crop you plant, you can eat is worth it. Then let it be because of how it could bring your family, friends, and community together.
This online community’s goal is the preservation of Grade 1 agricultural lands, a goal of my own as well, but in order to reach your goal you must be able to gather like-minded people together First, through a project that might or might not be related to the goal, because if you are alone, you will not be able to do much. Make friends, connect, associate through common interests with people and share. That is the key to success.
An urban farm is a wonderful way to get a community together… while at the same time gets free veggies.