Where would you grow food in a city?
New York, USA: Ian Cheney has built a couple of ‘truck farms.’ These are essentially small gardens in the back of pickup trucks. To transport the produce to his clients, he simply drives a garden up to their homes/offices. His clients are happy that the fruits and vegetables they buy are plucked right in front of them; they couldn’t be any fresher.
Watch how Ian goes about his business in the video ‘A Movable Feast,’ shared by the What if we change… initiative.
Accra, Ghana: Land is very expensive in this fast-growing metropolis. Gladys Akeyaheko and Fuseini Bukari have made family farms on a strip of land between a power station, and a gutter through which the Onyar river flows. Real estate development is prohibited on this patch, but luckily there aren’t any restrictions on farming.
Gladys and Fuseini grow a variety of crops like sweet papaya, lettuce, onions and cabbage. Being islands of agriculture surrounded by concrete jungle, they have to be innovative and thrifty while sourcing inputs like water (pumped from the nearby gutter and treated) and manure (sourced from poultry farms and public urinals).
Take a tour of their farms in the video ‘Feeding and Gardening the City,’ produced by ILEIA Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Do you know of other innovative ways people grow food in cities? Please share them, in the Comments section below the videos or by replying to this email.