Spain: Urban farming is called Huerticity-style farming

Plants and flowers on balconies are a familiar sight. Increasingly however, you see products traditionally grown in a nursery or vegetable garden, like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. This is called 'Huerticity’.

Spanish resident Roberto Núñez Caceres has opened a workshop called "Cabeza Pájaro". There you can learn how to easily create a vegetable garden on your own balcony. Cacares can show you the ropes, point out pots which are the most appropriate, but also what resources you can use to counter pests. In Spain Huerticity is fairly new, but in the rest of Europe it’s fast becoming an everyday phenomenon. In many places it is known as urban agriculture. 

"You don’t have to stick to tiny tomato plants and bits of lettuce,” says Caceres. “Larger balconies will easily host fruits and vegetables such as melons. Each balcony is suitable, you just need light and air.” Careces refutes the notion that Huerticity is driven by the global crisis. “It’s not about saving money per se, people want to revisit the smells and tastes from the past and often find these in ecological, home-grown products.”

Source: Efe agro

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