Urban Farms: A Light of Hope for Our Polluted Cities

Dec 10 2021

As urban populations rise and the pressure on traditional medical services increases, major actors, such as central governments, planners, public health professionals, and others, begin to try to explore other innovative ways to care for people in need.

In the midst of this, the popularity of green infrastructure (GI) or nature-based solutions (NBS), which encourages nature to integrate into the planning, design and implementation of the spaces in which people live, while enabling a range of social and environmental benefits to be possible for those who use it directly or indirectly. With this overarching term for development being used at various levels, radical examples now include community gardening, and urban (city) farms.

What are social farms?

Social farms are farms, whether urban or rural, with an additional therapeutic angle; This often allows for an element of added value to these traditional spaces while also allowing an additional income stream to supplement agricultural activities. Social farms use pre-existing agricultural land for the benefit of humans primarily through health improvements, evidenced by reduced levels of anxiety and depression, and improved work and social skills.

Source: Schaduf | Blog