Sustainability– A Bottom Up

System

Creat ing a More Sust ainable Environm ent and Com m unit y

Urban Farm ing aim s t o im prove local econom ic developm ent , providing jobs f or
URBAN FARMIG FARMING

t hose living in povert y, as w ell as creat ing a greener ecosyst em

Sustainability brings together three factors. Environmental systems, human systems and financial systems. We must learn how they interact with each other.

Nicholas Manfedi manfredinicholas@gmail.com (440)-785-2749 Ryan Archibald archibrj@notes.udayton.edu (630)-484-1121

Urb an Farm in g
Ou r co u n t ry is en co u n t erin g rap id u rb an izat io n , w h ich is in creasin g u rb an p o vert y in co u n t ries acro ss t h e w o rld as w ell as in t h e Un it ed St at es. Th e u n reliab le, exp en sive, an d irregu lar access t o f o o d f o r u rb an cit ies an d t h o se st ru gglin g w it h p o vert y are at t h e f o ref ro n t o f t h e p ro b lem .

So Why Urban Farming?
Urb an f arm in g is p rem ised o n t h e p arad igm o f p erm acu lt u re, w h ich is d ef in ed as an y syst em o f su st ain ab le agricu lt u re t h at ren ew s n at u ral reso u rces an d en rich es lo cal syst em s. Aim s t o creat e a st ab le, p ro d u ct ive syst em s t h at p ro vid e f o r h u m an n eed s, h arm o n io u sly in t egrat in g t h e lan d w it h it s in h ab it an t s. Elem en t s in t h e syst em su ch as p lan t s n u t rien t cycle, an im als, an d clim at ic f act o rs are all relat ed t o each o t h er. Th e o ut p u t o f o n e o f t h e elem en t s m en t io n ed ab o ve b eco m es t h e in p u t s o f o t h er elem en t s.

Solving the Problem
Co m p an ies an d No n -Pro f it o rgan izat io n s are d o in g w h at t h ey can t o sp read t h e w o rd ab o u t t h e b en ef it s o f u rb an f arm in g. On e in p art icu lar is Gro w ing Po w er b ased in M ilw aukee, o f f ers an eigh t -m o n t h t rain in g co u rse o n h o w t o creat e yo u r o w n u rb an f arm acro ss t h e Un it ed St at es.

Gro w in g Po w er h as b u ilt 14 green h o u ses an d yield ed en o u gh f o o d t o f eed 10,000 lo cal resid en t s, as w ell as st rivin g t o b et t er so ciet y aro u n d t h em .

Th in gs su ch as en gagin g you t h in w o rk read in ess, co n st ru ct io n t ech n iq u es, lif e skills, an d em p lo yin g co n vict s f o r su m m er w o rk.

Th e cu rren t co n d it io n o f o u r eco n o m y as w ell as t h e gro w in g u rb an izat io n an d p o vert y t h at is t akin g p lace an d u n em p lo ym en t is af f ect in g p eo p le exp o n en t ially.

Th ro u gh t h is p ro cess, w o rk is m in im ized ; “ w ast es” b eco m e reso u rces, p ro d u ct ivit y an d yield s in crease, an d environ m en t s are rest o red .

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