Sustainable urban farming is here to stay and is deﬁned as the growing, processing, and distribution of food and other products through intensive cultivation in and around cities. Growing food in and near cities contributes to healthy communities by engaging residents in both work and recreation that improves individual and public well-being. Urban agriculture solves many problems in densely populated areas offering alternative land use. In addition to food production, urban agriculture also offers a wide range of other functions such as energy conservation, waste management, biodiversity, nutrient cycling, microclimate control, urban greening, economic revitalization, community socialization, human health, and education.
With the global population anticipated to reach over nine billion by the year 2050, the role of urban agriculture in global food security has become paramount, from crops, livestock, poultry, and aquaculture production and ranging in scale from rooftop gardens, vertical containers or larger cultivated open spaces.
GROWBOX wants to address some of our city’s problems in innovative ways. Through our urban farming efforts toward green cities, environmental stewardship is enhanced. When inner-city residents can grow and market their own food through farmer’s markets and Cooperatives, providing opportunities for entrepreneurs and commercial farmers, economic development, and community revitalization blossoms.
We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is an essential part of our daily diet. Health Canada recommends the regular intake of nutritious foods—vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and protein foods—that are commonly found in patterns of eating linked with beneficial health effects. Shifting intakes towards more plant-based foods typically result in higher intakes of:
- dietary fiber, associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes,
- vegetables and fruits, associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
The idea of vertical farming is not new. It dates back to 600 BC when the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were created, according to the legend.
GROWBOX is a local startup urban farm project, transforming empty urban spaces into the street vertical farms that grow greens and vegetables. GROWBOX follows Vancouver food strategy to become the greenest city, to improve biodiversity, to use underutilized spaces, and, finally, to enhance the local food economy by creating jobs, new skills, and education to the local public. It engages the public by introducing an online system that allows seeing the growth of the plants and tracing the harvest online.
We at GROWBOX, believe that everyone has a right to have healthy and fresh food, and we are here to provide people with freshly grown vegetables and greens.
Many people are now choosing locally grown food when shopping for groceries. We are making the “from the farm to a fork” process possible and convenient.