Growing your own fruit and vegetables and buying locally grown organic food can provide fresh, nutritious food for you and your family, while supporting the local ecosystem.
• Help provide proper nourishment and five-a-day fruits and vegetables.• Supplement food budgets.• Provide a healthy family activity.• Provide a fun activity that includes good exercise.• Provide a needed stress reducer in a fast-paced world.• Provide diverse species of plants that provide habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife.
Small scale backyard farming and micro farms can produce enough food for self-sufficient living on about an acre. In fact, urban homesteading is becoming increasingly popular.
Transforming a part of your home in the city into a mini farm is something simple that you could do on your own. Imagine having all the seasonal vegetables and fruits in your backyard ready for picking and eating.
Here are some tips which hopefully could help you on how to start your own farm at home.
The first thing you need to do is to find a space to build your homestead. It could be your backyard, front yard, garage, empty lot, window boxes or even your rooftop. You don't necessarily need a very large space for your mini farm.If you're planting on a balcony or a garage then you will need pots or tubs. But if you're planting in your front yard or your backyard then you could just dig up the ground.If you're a beginner though, it would be advisable to start with simple plants, meaning plants that don’t require a lot of maintenance. Herbs, tomatoes and chilies are great to start with. Once you have planted your seeds, all you have to do is to water and tend them everyday until they grow. Try to read books on farming and gardening also to know more about the fruits and vegetables in season and as well as how to maintain them.
Urban agriculture is not only a hobby or an activity for leisure. It also reconnects us to mother nature and it also serves as an inspiration that on our own, we could do our share to help the environment. So what are you waiting for? Start your very own urban farm now!