Urban farming is a powerful tool for transforming cities' food systems, and it can be an effective way for urban farmers to connect with their local communities in London. By shifting the role of citizens, urban farms can provide them with public spaces where they can actively participate and have an influence. This model emphasizes the impact of land rent and labor costs on economic success, which can help urban farmers persuade policy makers to create more favorable conditions for access to land and to support the social activities of urban farms. The main challenge in continuing to develop urban farms is to decide what makes sense to stakeholders and what is feasible to model quantitatively, and what should be left to qualitative debates.
This model exploration was deemed legitimate because microfarmers had a strong interest in the model developed in France. The GrowUp Box was created as a demonstration farm to educate people about urban aquaponics and to serve as a prototype for future farms and systems. Changes in the social recognition of urban agriculture, competition for land, the economic context, policy formulation, etc. must all be taken into account when assessing economic viability.
This study focused on urban community microfarms, small-scale organic commercial gardens committed to social work activities in London. Incorporating broader sustainability indicators would likely reveal the fact that urban planners, like urban farmers, need to find a balance between the economic, social and ecological impacts of urban agriculture. The ability of urban farmers to access community resources (volunteer labor, access to land, and investment funds) depends on their commitment to social work activities. To guarantee that these activities are successful, it is essential for urban farmers to comprehend the current situation observed in London (price levels, relatively low cost of land allowed by a partnership with local institutions, initial investment financed by charities or donations).
Urban farming is an essential part of creating sustainable cities and engaging local communities in London. By understanding the current situation and taking into account changes in the social recognition of urban agriculture, competition for land, the economic context, policy formulation, etc., urban farmers can make sure that their efforts are successful.