Small Scale Farming in the Urban Setting

 

The Beet and Carrot Box
The Beet and Carrot Box

As I have previously posted, I am an advocate of people growing their own food in small scale farming ventures.

To me, a lawn is a waste of space and I have put garden boxes on the what used to be the front lawn of my home. The following snippet of a blog post shows just how effective it can be for many people to grow their own food. In short, small scale farming WORKS.

On a total of about 20 million acres managed by over 35 million Russian families, Russians are carrying on an old-world technique, which we Americans might learn from. They are growing their own organic crops – and it’s working.

According to some statistics, they grow 92% of the entire countries’ potatoes, 77% of its vegetables, 87% of its fruit, and feed 71% of the entire population from privately owned, organic farms or house gardens all across the country. These aren’t huge Agro-farms run by pharmaceutical companies; these are small family farms and less-than-an-acre gardens.

To read more about this growing success (no pun intended), visit the Nation of Change.