Do you know that vegetables lose up to half their nutrients within a few days after harvest? And do you know a good number of farmers spray harmful chemicals on the vegetables you eat daily?
Yet we can equip and lead you step by step through organic sack-farming of your favourite vegetables right in your yard, so you can enjoy them fresh and get the full dose of the precious nutrients that prevent diseases!
Have you heard of the Urban Farming revolution? Learn More. And do you know that with organic sack-farming you can make good money?
In particular, if you book our package for cultivation of ugwu, pepper and cucumbers, as you harvest, we will be there to buy (if you desire) these produce from you for a good price!
What’s more, we will lead you step by step through precision methods and organic sack-farming best practices to ensure you get the highest yields possible.
THE URBAN FARMING REVOLUTION:
POTENTIAL FOR A VIBRANT ECONOMIC SECTOR!
Urban farming is the growing of plants and the raising of livestock within and around cities. This includes different types of crops (grains, root crops, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits) and livestock (poultry, rabbits, goats, cattle, pigs, fish, etc.) as well as non-food products (like aromatic and medicinal herbs, ornamental plants, tree products, etc.) or combinations of these.
Urban farming is for all types of people. The urban poor, middle-class, school teachers, as well as rich people seeking a good investment. Women can easily constitute a large part of urban farming, since it can be easily combined with their other tasks in the household.
Produce can be sold at farm gate, by cart in the same or other neighborhoods, in supermarkets, or to intermediaries. They are best sold fresh, but part of it can be processed for own use, or packaged for sale to family, friends and supermarkets.
It is estimated (UNDP 1996; FAO 1999) that 800 million urban dwellers are actively engaged in urban agriculture in one way or another. These urban farmers produce substantial amounts of food for urban consumers. A global estimate is that 15-20% of the world’s food is produced in urban areas. For example, in Accra, 90% of the city’s fresh vegetable consumption is from production within the city (Cencosad 1994).
WHY URBAN FARMING?
To provide produce that rural farmers cannot supply easily, particularly perishable produce that require rapid delivery upon harvest. This helps to release rural farmers to focus on production of commodities for local and export supply.
To boost food security: Food demand is steadily increasing and urban farming can boost supply at a more affordable cost. The costs of supplying and distributing food from rural areas to the urban areas are rising continuously, and it is expected that urban food insecurity will increase. Urban farming will increase access to a cheaper source of vitamins and proteins, as well as the quality of the food.
To boost health and nutrition: The contribution of urban farming to healthy nutrition is probably its most important asset. Vegetables lose up to half their nutrition within a few days after harvest; this is apart from the harmful effect to human health of chemical inputs used by many rural farmers. Urban farmers eat more fresh vegetables which is correlated to fewer old age diseases.
To boost income and employment: Most cities in developing countries are not able to generate sufficient (formal or informal) income opportunities for the rapidly growing population, and urban farming can function as an important strategy for poverty alleviation. Urban farming can provide fulltime gainful employment for many and extra income for others as urban farms usually require low maintenance.
In Dares Salaam, urban agriculture forms at least 60% of the informal sector and urban agriculture is the second largest urban employer (20 percent of those employed); and in 1991, the individual urban farmer’s annual average profit was estimated at 1.6 times the annual minimum salary (Sawio 1998).
Urban farming can form part of the livelihood strategies of low income households who seek multiple additional income sources for survival. They can plant food and medicinal plants for home consumption to reduce family expenses on food and medicines; and some cash is generated from sales of surpluses.
Technologies for urban farming. Urban farming is performed under conditions that require technologies different to those used in the rural context. Such conditions include limited availability of space and proximity to large numbers of people (and thus a need for safe production methods).
At Green Eagles we seek to enhance the productivity, economic viability and sustainability of urban farming by provision of training, technical advice and capacity building for urban producers with a strong emphasis on:
Promotion of ecological farming practices, training and supply of organic farm inputs (including farm sacks, compost, earthworms, hybrid seeds, plant materials and bio-pesticides).
Installation of efficient irrigation systems to stimulate production and reduce the demand for potable water.
Farm development (e.g. intensification and diversification),
Enterprise management for farm sustainability,
Processing for increased value,
Marketing and certification of the quality of the products marketed (with “green labels” for ecologically grown and safe urban food) to support an awareness campaign on health-risk minimization strategies in production and marketing (farm to table) of urban vegetables.