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  • Seoul Creates 264 Urban Vegetable Gardens in Apartments and Schools, Seven Times Bigger than a Soccer Field

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    This year, Seoul will be creating “Seoul-type Urban Vegetable Gardens” boasting a total area of 52,989 ㎡ in 264 places, including rooftops of buildings, social welfare centers, and schools. The scale will be 7.4 times larger than that of a soccer field and a total of KRW 4.6 billion will be invested as the budget.

    The city has plans to create “urban agricultural spaces” in which everyone can plant, cultivate, and harvest edible plants through the concentrated establishment of vegetable gardens on patches of land, near daycare centers and schools, and in apartment complexes.

    Seoul Creates 264 Urban Vegetable Gardens in Apartments and Schools, Seven Times Bigger than a Soccer Field
    Vegetable Patch Rooftop Garden

    First, patches of land within citizens’ living spheres that will be available for more than three years will be transformed into vegetable gardens. For citizens to engage in growing plants in their spare time, ① 15,000 ㎡ of vegetable patches will be established in 25 places.

    Often easily abandoned, ② rooftops of buildings will also be used as spaces for creating vegetable gardens. 80 buildings will be chosen among multi-use facilities to be equipped with rooftop gardens which will boast a total area of 5,817㎡. A rooftop garden not only provides urban farmers with the joy of harvesting crops, but it also has energy-saving effects as it reduces radiant heat in summer.

    Seoul Creates 264 Urban Vegetable Gardens in Apartments and Schools, Seven Times Bigger than a Soccer Field
    School Garden Singsing (Fresh) Garden (Welfare Center)

    ③ Daycare centers and schools will also become homes to vegetable gardens. In a total area of 6,800㎡ in 20 daycare centers and 60 schools, vegetable gardens will be prepared so that children and students, who have few opportunities to experience nature while living in the city and who mainly learn about plants through books and videos, can nurture and observe plants and grow into eco-friendly individuals.

    Additionally, experts will visit schools to educate students on urban agriculture. This will allow students to acquire a comprehensive education that covers eco-system, environment, and diet, going beyond simple experiences and activities in a vegetable garden. Also, agriculture classes will be test run and offered using classrooms that are vacant due to the decrease in the number of students to provide farming experiences and education indoors as well.

    Seoul Creates 264 Urban Vegetable Gardens in Apartments and Schools, Seven Times Bigger than a Soccer Field
    Apartment Garden Apartment Garden

    ④ Apartment complexes will be other spaces for creating vegetable gardens. Seoul will conduct the pilot operation of two to three locations where people can participate in urban farming by growing and harvesting plants during the busy day within their own living spaces using vegetable gardens on verandas, pipe farms around the outside walls of apartments, and green curtains.

    The city will not only focus on the leisure and yielding of produce that result from urban agriculture, but also its various social functions and impacts. ⑤ Barrier-free, healing gardens with a total area of 5,423 ㎡ will be created for physically challenged individuals to participate in urban agriculture. Those gardens will be installed on sidewalks in the form of an elevated garden bed that enables everyone to partake in urban farming.

    Seoul will also expand the operation of ⑥ “box gardens” that facilitate the initiative of people in terms of urban agriculture. A total of 29,000 box gardens will be distributed to allow people to grow edible plants using indoor spaces, such as verandas and windowsills, as they grow flowing plants in their houses.

    Seoul Creates 264 Urban Vegetable Gardens in Apartments and Schools, Seven Times Bigger than a Soccer Field
    Garden Box Barrier-free Garden