Urban Farming Oz is a resources for anyone looking to grow food, with a focus on urban areas. There are numerous benefits to this such as education on growing food, having an aesthetically pleasing yet functional garden and cheap organic food!
Growing food in urban areas is usually no different to growing on commercial farms. The real problem is size. You can’t benefit from the scale of a commercial farm, so expensive machinery is out of the question. This isn’t a huge issue because you won’t be growing broad acre crops at home. What you will grow are mainly fruits and vegetables that are healthy for you and easy to grow.
There are benefits to urban farming over commercial farms. For a start, you have access to many more resources in urban areas that professional farmers don’t have. You have access to materials and tradespeople who can help you build an urban farm. Also, urban areas tend to have good soils and easy access to water. This is important because irrigation water is usually a large expense for commercial farms. Water from the tap is good for crops and it’s clean, which can make it easier to use irrigation systems that require filtration.
If you are in a rural area and need water, you will need a water licence. These are easy to acquire and there are water brokers who will help you through this process. Here is a website that guides you through on how to trade water in Australia. Feel free to contact them because they are the easiest and most straightforward broker to deal with. You can also find free water market information on that website (such as water prices in the Murray, Goulburn and Murrumbidgee).
Urban farming requires a large range of skills, but they can be learnt by almost everyone. You will learn a bit about agronomy, landscaping, hydrology, meteorology and how to use tools. It’s also a great way to get outside and get a bit of exercise. If you have enough other people in the community interested in urban farming, it can become a way to connect with your local community.