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DO YOU THINK URBAN FARMING IS JUST A FUN PASTTIME, HOBBY OR INDIVIDUALISTIC PRACTICE, THAT DOESN'T REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE PLANET?

"What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what a truly sustainable future is going to be like, but we do need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways, and permaculturists are one of the critical groups that are doing that."
- Dr David Suzuki, world renowned geneticist, environmental scientist and activist

When asked what THE MOST IMPORTANT THING the average person can do to help the planet, international sustainability, social, ecological, permaculture, urban and other farming, and even economic experts and professionals, including Bill Mollison and David Holmgren (founders of permaculture), Masanobu Fukuoka, Sepp Holzer, David Suzuki and many others, all responded: GROW YOUR OWN FOOD, and as much of it as possible!

THIS is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING we can be doing. NO OTHER THING aids and empowers us as individuals, families, communities, towns and cities, countries or a planet, as farming your own food.

This single seemingly 'individualistic' act, if done collectively, takes massive pressure off many systems:

  • it reduces traffic congestion and emissions;
  • it reduces a reliance on supermarkets and corporations, who are not doing the right thing;
  • it takes control back of our own land, however small it may be;
  • it puts us back in touch with the Earth and improves health and wellbeing, by organic choices and fresher food, plus healthy movement and exercise, which takes pressure off our healthcare and medical system;
  • it takes pressure off a massively ailing and failing farming system, which has degraded our soil, relies heavily on synthetic fertilisers and dangerous chemical use, plus exploits nature, people and animals;
  • it encourages community building by sharing produce, knowledge, skills and communication;
  • it encourages a return to heirloom food choices, which promotes healthier food, seed saving, conservation, increased biodiversity and better urban ecological awareness, and the prevention of further extinction of domestic species of animals and plants;
  • it sequesters carbon;
  • it encourages small intensive land care practices, adding up to larger collective land care awareness and practices;
  • and ultimately, much less consumption of and reliance on non-renewable, finite resources on one very small planet.

Think urban farming, with a little increased productivity and food production, is an 'individualist' practise, without far-reaching benefits? Please think again!

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Clear blue sky. Fluffy white clouds. A baby intermittently cries behind me. As I write this, I’m 18,000 feet up, sitting on a plane flying from Brisbane to Port Macquarie in NSW, my hometown, to look after my parent’s farm for a week. As I look across the top of the clouds and below at the seemingly endless expanse of farms, fields and forests, crisscrossed and punctuated by creeks, rivers and lakes, I can’t help but wonder what impact we humans are having agriculturally and ecologically on the land and water.

Are the farmers below aware of and embracing more sustainable change and aware of their impact on the environment, good or bad? Are the towns, homes, businesses and vehicles below all going about their lives and actions aware of the bigger picture on the Earth?

I wonder how many of the farms below are embracing permaculture and urban farming practices, especially in the towns. How many properties, whether hobby farms or working commercial farms, are organic – partly or completely – how many families have chickens and/or other animals, how many grow some or most of their own food, and how many are living more sustainably on the planet?

Like many, I live in hope that increasing numbers of farmers, professional and pottering, are turning to more sustainable and organic methods of earthcare, and embracing practices as taught by experienced permaculture, urban farming and other teachers, including revolutionary teachers like Joel Salatin, RegenAg and others. This shift in awareness and change by farmers, however, is only one side of the coin. The other side, and perhaps the impetus behind the shift in farming, is the demand for more organic, natural and healthy food and products by the public.

My greatest hope, though, is for many more urban families and businesses to grow their own, get a few chickens and embrace organic and permaculture lifestyles. It’s not only possible and easy – it’s essential for our individual, collective and global future.