Published by City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture


City Farmer's Urban Agriculture Survey Results No. 2

In this second survey of one hundred readers, 20 countries were represented: Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada (24 responses), China, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Tanzania, Thailand, USA (44 responses), UK and Zambia.

Again interesting information was found in the answers to questions 3 and 17: "What is your interest in Urban Agriculture?" and "Please tell us more about your experience producing food in the city."

The responses to both questions are posted below.
Responses to: "What is your interest in Urban Agriculture?"
Respondents tell us more about their experience producing food in the city.

91 of the 100 people who responded to the survey consider themselves urban.

Of the 91 urban people, 79 grow food and are therefore city farmers.

Most of the city farmers who responded grow vegetables(77) and herbs(67). Half of them grow fruit(43) and legumes(23). A few produce eggs(6), grain(6), edible flowers(2), nuts(7), honey(4), meat(3), fish, mushrooms, dairy, jams, preserves, edible cactus, aloe, Chinese herbal medicines and wine.

64 of the city farmers produce their food at home, 17 in a community garden. Food was produced on window sills(13), and balconies(10). Food was also grown in containers, pots, cloches, patio, school garden, city parks, abandoned lots, farm land, and rooftops.

Most of the city farmers have small(48) [0-100 sq ft] or medium(15) [100-1000 sq ft]growing areas. A few people reported large(12) [1000-10,000sq.ft.] and very large(2) [more than 10,000sq.ft.] gardens.

Most people said they enjoyed the activity of growing food, the flavour of the food and the fact that growing it relieves stress. Also of importance was that home-grown food was better for the environment, was safer to eat than store bought food, and saved them money.

14 people said they sold some food at farmer's markets, retail and wholesale, a coop, restaurants and caterers, traded food for services or other food, reinvested income back to an organization, sold eggs at work and to neighbours and friends.

48 people have produced food for 0-5 years. 15 from 5-10 years. 11 from 10-15 years. 4 longer.

25 males and 51 females were recorded ranging in age from 15 to 73 (average age was 37).

Not enough space and not enough time were the reasons most often given by people for not growing more food. Other reasons included: don't know how to produce food, landlord won't allow it, and too expensive.

The cities represented included: Adelaide, Ajax, Akron, Albuquerque, Ashland, Ashtabula, Bangkok, Berkeley, Birmingham, Boise, Bridgeport, Bryan, Cagayan de Oro, Calgary, Cambridge, Canberra, Chicago, Cleveland, Coffeyville, Columbus, Courtenay, Delta, Denver, Detroit, Douala, Edmonton, Fredericton, Ft.Collins, Hamilton, Hartford, Huddersfield, Independence, Ingersoll, Grove Heights, Kingston, Lafayette, Louisiana, Lagos, Las Vegas, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Minneapolis, Montreal, New Orleans, New Plymouth, Newmarket, Newton, Norfolk, Long Island, Ojai, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Perth, Pocatello, Riverside, San Angelo, Silver Spring, South Carolina, Spokane, Timaru, Toronto, Trivandrum, Vancouver, Wageningen, Waterloo, Wellington, York.

Responses to: "What is your interest in Urban Agriculture?"

Respondents tell us more about their experience producing food in the city.

Revised Friday, December 27, 2001

Published by City Farmer
Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture