/r/urbanfarming

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Growing Green Onions 🌰

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2024/06/06
22:05 UTC

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How cautious do I really need to be about lead and heavy metals in the soil?

I am growing Rosemary and Chayote near my house where I've heard can have more lead levels due to paint from the structure. I've also read conflicting information about the ability of plants to draw up the lead. Some people are super hardcore about testing the levels, other people are like don't even bother it's not an accurate reflection of what the plant absorbs - just don't grow root veggies and it's fine. I'm also growing Kale and Fava beans on my sidewalk strip. I would love to be eat my food worry free. It seems a waste to have all this amazing soil and then to just rely on raised beds you know? So tell me, how bad is it realllllly.

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2024/05/31
17:39 UTC

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Not that anyone asked, I built an app that sorts by distance 200+ farms near Brooklyn selling direct to consumer beef, chicken, pork, produce, milk, eggs, and much more... thoughts?

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2024/05/27
23:08 UTC

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A cool youth program about urban farming.

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2024/05/15
03:24 UTC

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How to get Predator insects for past control in Urban area? Place like city parks can be good soure of collecting Predator insect to transporting in my small garden plot?

I got a rice seeds few years ago. and raise them in small submerged plastic boxs for years. But, today after a day later plant rice sprouts, I found a lot of tiny larvas swiming in my Plastic pot. I consider Pesticide to kill them but my father told me fly larvas are very Resilient against any kind of chemicals. So, I consider import predator insects from somewhere(Edit:import from countryside not from other nations. Don't worry about) but if I buy from web market it will cost a lot. I consider collect insects like lady bugs from local park but don't know how to catch or found these little things. any advice for collecting insects? or should I buy from web?

6 Comments
2024/05/03
12:55 UTC

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Land access, Grants, Free Land?

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2024/04/27
14:17 UTC

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Fields of wheat!

Off the back of a whimsical question of “could I grow enough wheat to make a loaf of bread”, the local common rights trust has granted me a small patch of land in my inner city neighbourhood to grow wheat, to make flour for making some loaves of bread!

So, any advice on growing wheat in a city?!🤣

7 Comments
2024/02/24
14:03 UTC

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Forest Garden Plants - Ground Cover Plants for Deep Shade

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2024/02/05
04:28 UTC

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Milk Crate Challenge

The challenge is to get 4 milk crates and have them stacked vertically onto each other, each growing a edible plant that grows out the sides of the milk crate, through the many openings. 4's the minimum but the sky's the limit.

I don't really care what plants or how it's watered, just that it follows that guideline.

I'm planning on doing potatoes and some other food, myself, but in research it got me curious what else can be done, so here we are.

7 Comments
2024/01/11
17:58 UTC

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Growing food feels expensive and complicated

I want to try growing my own stuff at home—not for self-sufficiency but as a hobby. Every online guide I find emphasizes expensive materials and tools: fancy pots, fertilizers, special seeds, etc.

It turns out that growing a potato can end up being 100 times more expensive than buying one. Moreover, these guides often include links to purchase the recommended items, making it feel like navigating the internet comes with a constant sense of being marketed to or sold something.

The idea of growing plants shouldn't be expensive. Initially, I thought I could simply take a seed from a fruit, plant it in soil, give it sunlight, and that would be it. That's how I was taught plants work.

As an ordinary city dweller who has never grown a single plant in my life, how can I start without spending a ton of money?

30 Comments
2024/01/09
11:32 UTC

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Urban Farming - Business classification direction

Curious if anyone has done a cost/benefit analysis and strategy between going a non-profit and going as a social benefit corporation for long term longevity goals.

My areas of concern: Raising $$$; and then shareholder power and control.

Any for-profit entity can find various ways or easing funding; however you’re responsible to the lenders/financiers and the often strict terms of those agreements.

Being a non-profit allows donations/fund raising with much less legal risk regarding shareholder payback. Also allows for access to new government grant money. However you’re bound by the charter and have some limitations there. I need to research this further.

Social benefit corporations allow protections from shareholder lawsuits/repercussions from low profits as it’s easier to invest into growth endeavors while showing little to no profit. Also you have access to more avenues of businesses/lending that only associate with these businesses.

Anyone have inputs?

6 Comments
2023/12/05
02:17 UTC

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