Asphalt arteries and concrete obelisks

Asphalt arteries and concrete obelisks.

These are the roads and skyscrapers that make up downtown Ottawa.

90% of the city’s residents have gravitated towards this urban jungle, a microcosm of a global trend.

That’s 85 people per hectare, crammed into just 12% of the city’s total area.

Ottawa’s greenbelt is a few notches too tight to contain this urbanization.

Coupled with a burgeoning population and rising fuel prices, how are we going to provide a cheap, local and sustainable food supply?

One answer is to take advantage of the city’s under-utilized green space and gardens.

But urban agriculture isn’t a new concept.

From Macchu Pichu to post-WWII Canada, urban agriculture has been used to increase the amount of food available to city dwellers.

And a new Ottawa initiative is proving that whilst history doesn’t repeat itself, it can rhyme.

Jesse Payne started Vegetable Patch, a Community Shared Agriculture (or CSA), four years ago to inspire organic living within the urban core.