Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities


I’ve just written the second part to my Urban agriculture article for Permaculture Research Institute -  Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities

In the first article we looked at the history of localized agriculture and the journey to our present state. This second article examines real-life urban agriculture productivity figures and shows how urban agriculture is working currently worldwide  and how productive it really is!


  1. Hi Angelo,

    Do you know of any initiatives to map the Australian urban agriculture extent, or in fact to map the general food network either at local or national level? We’re proposing to start a mapping project for the Hepburn shire, through the open source digital mapping systems to gain a picture of the food network, which can then be used to envision the future of how food is procured. One of my specific aims in it is to try and put the map of the decades long ‘alternative’ food growing movement up against present state/local zoning and planning methods to see how it fits with the current thinking and practice of food growing. This can then be used to start to inform planning at the formal level, by identifying models which might be different but be more ‘future representative’, in the face of future climate and resource imperatives.

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    1. Hi Vasko, this is outside my area of expertise but Dr Nick Rose from Sustain: The Australian Food Network, whom I have often collaborated with, might be able to point you in the right direction.


  2. Hi Julie Scot,
    I totally agree with you, I found that it was imposible to talk and convince people. Even members of the family.
    Well I am in the process of doing my second permaculture design course with Geoff Lawton. I have a certificate but I need to learn more at my leasure this time as I have had wonderful sucess with my vegetables this year. My neighbour convinced me I was on the right tract when she expressed shock at the size and quantity of my vegetable, planted on a tiny patch. I decided if I could produce so much in such a small spacec , imagine what I could do with the rest of mu acre garden. Suddenly I remembered the family in LA cannot remember their names Father Son and two daughters. so they are right it can be done. By the way I also grow mushroom on logs others grow wild in my garden because I have not used pesticide or weed killer on my land for 40 years.


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