Activity Introduction

What is urban farming and how can it help address food security?

In this activity you will consider the concept of food security by imagining food insecurity. You will then explore the practice of urban farming as one solution to current and future food security challenges. Finally you will identify a potential site for an urban farm in your area, and create a proposal for this project.

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support; others will  be able to complete it independently.

Ideal for: Upper Secondary

Themes: 

  • Investigate
  • fresh air
  • think and connect

Time required: 40 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Geography, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes: 

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

2040 – Food Security And Urban Farming – Geography – Years 9 & 10

Resources Required

  • Device with internet connection
  • Pen/pencil

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Tackling Food Insecurity with Urban Farming - Activity Instructions

What is urban farming and how can it help address food security?

In this activity you will consider the concept of food security by imagining food insecurity. You will then explore the practice of urban farming as one solution to current and future food security challenges. Finally you will identify a potential site for an urban farm in your area, and create a proposal for this project.

This activity will help you understand the concepts of food security and urban agriculture. You will be able to answer the question: how can urban agriculture help address food security?

Part A: What is food security and why is it important?

Step 1. Imagine it’s the year 2040 and you’re hungry. You’ve been thinking about having a sandwich all day. You head to your local sandwich shop and see a picture of a roast beef and salad sandwich on the wall. You want that sandwich so you place your order along with a banana and almonds.

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