What is Urban Agriculture? What is Jamestown Urban Farmer?
What is Urban Agriculture?
Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating, growing, processing and distributing food in, or around, a village, town or city. As the world's population continues to increase and as more and more people live in urban areas and cities, the demand for safely and quickly grown food that is nutritious, increases at a rate that the current industrial farming model cannot and will not continue to sustain.
We as a species, spend and consume too much of our natural resources planting, growing, and transporting our food using the current agricultural models. That is where Urban Agriculture comes into play.
What are the Benefits of Urban Agriculture?
Increase food security by growing food locally.
Give under-served urban neighborhoods access to fresh foods.
Strengthen local economies by keeping dollars circulating within the community.
Engage consumers, who learn how food is grown.
Reduce ‘food miles’ and fossil fuel use.
Reduction of overall carbon footprint.
Job creation and Entrepreneurial Development.
What is Jamestown Urban Farmer?
Jamestown Urban Farmer is a small family owned, community based project farm being developed by Chris, Talitha, Gabriella, and Sophia Mascelli in Jamestown, NY. It is located on property that is between Barrows and Allen Streets respectively. It is intended to eventually be a community based non-profit entity that will embody the principals of sustainable urban agriculture. By extension, it is our sincere hope that the "farm" will eventually be the local model and "incubator" for sustainable urban agriculture in Jamestown, NY. We will start out with the construction of a green house built on top of the old house foundation at 225 Barrows and then in future years expand down around the corner and down Allen Street.
How will we do this?
Using "alternative" growing methods like hydroponics, aquaponics, micro-orchards, and greenhouses supported by aquaponics, healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food can be produced right here in Jamestown that can be made accessible to persons from all walks of life.
At Jamestown Urban Farmer it is our goal to expand the reach of Urban Agriculture by helping people to grow their own food, supporting our local farmer's markets, and promoting, learning, and teaching sustainable agricultural methods that will literally keep the human race alive. It is our sincere intention to become the model for sustainable Urban Agriculture in Jamestown, NY and Chautauqua County.
We also help people to start their own Urban Farm in their backyard. We will build your raised beds and install them with high quality soil and even plant it. Go to our Urban Farming page to find out more.
We invite you to Contact Us to find out more. Happy Farming to you!