City Farms come in all shapes and sizes from small scale operations focusing on fruit and vegetable production to larger scale facilities featuring both fruit and vegetable production and a variety of farm animals. The committee has researched many city farms with a view to creating something suited to our proposed site. The video below is a city farm in Kentish Town, London.
Our City Farm
Our city farm will be a community educational and recreational space, creating opportunities for learning and engagement for people of all abilities and backgrounds, focusing on environmental issues, organic food production, native rare breed animal conservation and the promotion of traditional and related crafts. In addition to being a community resource and a visitor centre focusing on education and community engagement, it is intended that the farm will also provide for a farmers market and opportunities for food producers, farmers, small holders etc. to sell directly to consumers via the City Farm.
The value of green infrastructure has been acknowledged by Dublin City Council:
Implementing green infrastructure features in urban areas creates a greater sense of community, strengthens the link with voluntary actions undertaken by civil society, and helps combat social exclusion and isolation. They benefit the individual and the community physically, psychologically, emotionally and socio-economically. Green infrastructure creates opportunities to connect urban areas and provides appealing places in which to live and work. Through urban food production and community gardens, which are efficient tools to educate schoolchildren and engage the interest of young people in particular, it addresses the disconnect between production and consumption of food and helps increase its perceived value. Investments in green infrastructure have significant potential to strengthen regional and urban development, including the creation of jobs.
(Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022)