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#StayAtHome Reads

If you want to further your knowledge on urban farming, you have come to the right place! We have prepared three book recommendations that cater to the bookworms in you that also wish to delve deeper into the workings and philosophy of urban farming.

1. Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution by Jennifer Cockrall-King

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If you are interested in a close examination of the food supply chain system, and the global urban farming movements striving to shorten the food chain, this book is for you. You will find the various innovative urban food systems and policies set up across different cities, for instance, an interesting grocery store in London where the rooftop was turned into an urban garden; special tax privilege for property owners with urban farm space in Vancouver. This book illustrates an inspiring movement that foresees a self-sustaining future where food can be grown locally.

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2. Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in Your Backyard, in Your Community, and in the World by Thomas J. Fox

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Described to appeal to “dedicated citizens seeking to reduce his carbon footprint and grocery bill”, this book is beginner-friendly and substantial. You will find yourself embarking on the path of self-sustainability and before you know it, everywhere you look could be turned into an urban farming area regardless of the size. The book also covers the historical, political, and economic factors behind the urban farming movement in which the author makes a compelling case that urban farming is a necessary remedy to the vulnerability of food security as urban areas risk getting overpopulated in the near future.

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3. The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work by Ben Hartman

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While associating “farm” with “factory” might not elicit the most comfortable feeling, Ben Hartman is here to tell you that the potential behind recognizing this reality is less than daunting, and nothing short of promising. He discusses how the Lean Management Principle can be adopted to enhance farm profitability with reduced waste. This book offers practical advice and examples readers can adopt to improve their farm management. Furthermore, Lean Farming extends beyond profitability, accounting for maximizing social responsibility within the lean principles.

Get a copy here.

Want to know how to get started with your own vegetable farm at home through urban farming? Simply reach out to us at or give us a call at

+6012 666 7474 and look for Francis.

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