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4 Types of Urban Farming to Try at Home

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Urban farming promises the use of minimal space and a chance to foster healthy social interactions while simultaneously boosting economic growth [1]. While there are 10 types of urban farming practices, here are some which you can easily do at home [2].


1. Aquaponics

Aquaponic integrates the systems of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soilless growing of plants) [3]. The waste from fish acts as nutrients for the plants. In turn, the plants act as natural filters for the water where the fish live.

Growing green plants
Aquaponic integrates the systems of aquaculture and hydroponics

Source: Pixabay [6]


If you happen to have a pond or fish tank at home, then this method might be the best option for you! You can start with the small one and build your own DIY aquaponics system or simply buy the aquaponic kit.

 
 

Backyard Gardens

Backyard garden is the most pervasive land-use system in the world

Source: Karolina Grabowska [7]


If you have some unused space in your backyard, backyard gardens may be the best method to try out! Backyard garden is one of the micro-farming methods that has been called the most pervasive land-use system in the world [4]. This method could be very beneficial if you wish to start saving money, start a certain diet, or even add a little more to your source of income!

Rooftop Gardens

Do you know that empty roofs in cities cause a heat island effect? This is because they absorb and release heat, which also contributes to poor air quality [5]! But not to worry though because rooftop farms can reverse this effect.

Rooftop garden as a solution to defeat heat island effect

Source: Ricardo Gomez Angel [8]

If you have a rooftop, this method is worth trying! Try building a soil-free rooftop garden with an aeroponic method since using soil might be too much of a burden for your roofs.


Vertical Farms

Vertical farms utilize space in an upwards direction

Source: Spencer Wing [9]

If you don’t have a fish tank, backyard or rooftop, we still have another option for you! Yes, it’s vertical farming. Vertical farm utilizes even the smallest unused space at your home, whether indoor or outdoor, since this method only requires a construction for the plants in an upwards direction.


So, have you decided which method to try out?

 
 

Source(s):

[1] https://www.projectplanetid.com/post/urban-farming-how-will-it-save-agricultural-fields

[2] https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/types-and-benefits-urban-agriculture.php

[3]https://ruaf.org/assets/2019/11/Module-3-Urban-Agriculture-types-production-systems-and-short-food-chains.pdf

[4]https://ruaf.org/assets/2019/11/Module-3-Urban-Agriculture-types-production-systems-and-short-food-chains.pdf

[5] https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2018/3/14/why-rooftop-farming-is-the-best-solution-for-smart-urban-agriculture


Image(s):

[6]https://pixabay.com/photos/farm-market-hydroponic-produce-1554307/

[7] https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-watering-outdoor-plants-4750274/

[8] https://unsplash.com/photos/WsEAiVwGrwo

[9] https://pixabay.com/photos/aquaculture-5990462/

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