The words “Urban” and “Farming” might not seem like words that go together, but today, I want to share the details of what urban farming is, and why it works for our little family! Though we live in a city, we are able to grow produce and also raise chickens (and two roosters!). I love giving my kids the experience of having a farm and our own piece of land, while still living in close proximity to the city and amenities.
If you’re thinking about urban farming, or hoping to begin this lifestyle yourself, keep in mind that you don’t have to start a large farm, or grow all your own food (though that is a really awesome benefit). In fact, the very definition of urban farming includes simply growing any sort of vegetables or raising animals. Our property is just over an acre and we have managed to landscape in mostly edible plants. We lined our driveway with peach trees, planted a mini vineyard, an herb & strawberry garden all in our front yard. Our backyard we have planted Olive trees, a mini orchard, pumpkin patch and 2 vegetable gardens. This season we also added a citrus grove. We shall see how it does here in our Southern Oregon climate.
During the first and second world wars, many people grew their own food and helped the nation overcome desperate food shortages. Today, most people grow food, or pursue urban farming to have organic options, or to know where their food is coming from, free from GMO’s or harmful pesticides. In 2012, New York City opened their very own rooftop garden! The ideas behind urban farming center around community, resourcefulness, and a healthy lifestyle! There is something really beautiful about getting your hands in the dirt and growing vegetables and raising animals, especially for children. I love the fresh air and satisfaction of my very own garden.
I've also found a "new love" for our family pet chickens. I AM the crazy chicken lady (at least I am not the cat lady!). We have 2 boys..Sweetie and Rosie (yes, both are roosters). Sweetie has been packed around for 2 1/2 years by my now 11 year and Rosie is our blind rooster that you will often find me packing around. He loves to stand by my side as I weed the garden!!