Urban Growing

Producing locally grown food is not only economically sufficient, it also has the opportunity in improving the city’s communities. As seen in Detroit, growing food in an urban environment revived the city and brought together the once disheveled community. This “quiet revolution” of communities coming together and growing their own products effectively brought together children and adults alike to work for a good cause: building a better neighborhood. Buying and selling locally grown foods also help out local farmers. Although growing some in urban areas is extremely difficult, it is still possible. There are people who use window farms, box plants, even small gardens to name a few. If it is possible in Detroit, it is possible anywhere. Even in urban environments, these locally grown foods can still greatly affect the community economically and help improve the city itself through green programs that rebuild the area. 

Living in a dorm, growing my own plants would be extremely difficult. However, I could use window farms (using used water bottles as plant holders with one pipe distributing water throughout all the plants), use boxes cut in half and fill it with soil, or even put a small planter box by our window. Being a college student with limited time and food source, I would stick to easy plants to grow that are also easy to eat since we are always on the go. Some small, easy plants I could grow can include tomatoes, potatoes and carrots.