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Urban Farms Fuel Idealism. Profits? Not So Much

bigcBig Muddy Farms, an urban farm in northern Omaha, Neb., is seen among residential homes last October. Urban farms have become a celebrated trend, yet earning a living at it is tough, a new survey finds. Nati Harnik/AP

“Getting land is a difficult thing,” which limits profitability, Willerer says. “If [the city] made it a little easier, people would give it more of their time and energy.”

By Tracie Mcmillan
Mar 7, 2016


Many urban farmers, however, see themselves less as profit-driven businesses and more as social enterprises addressing concerns like food insecurity, education and community-building. Two-thirds of the farms surveyed identified those three concerns as their primary focus, while about a quarter said they were driven by market concerns. (The remaining 10 percent of farmers indicated missions that could not be neatly classified in those four categories; Dimitri said these farms were generally occupied with a social mission other than those listed.)

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Photos of Venezuela’s rooftop food gardens

venezFrancisco Salazar: “With this we’re not going to win the economic war but we are beginning the battle.”

In the Great Venezuelan Housing Mission residential complex of Las Fuentes in south-central Caracas, close to 45 residents have been growing crops on the roofs of their apartment blocks.

By Jonas Holldack
Mar 6, 2016


The plan began with the sowing of 1,200 hectares with 13 different crops, including chard, chives, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, onion, sweet pepper, beats, bell pepper, carrots, and lettuce. At the close of 100 days, the plan is to have expanded cultivation to 12,000 hectares in order to meet 20% of the consumer demand in the eight participating cities.

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