Urban Growing??

Hi all,
I'm a 3rd Year Product Design student starting my major project.
For this i've chosen to look at the issues associated with growing vegetables and herbs in an urban environment with limited space.
I was just wandering the main reasons that people grow herbs and vegetables, other than the obvious such as, better flavour, money saving, human need to nurture, relaxation etc. ??
Also i was just wandering what the main crops that people like to grow are??
I'm currently looking at existing products which 'solve' the issues related with growing in an urban environment, so if anyone has examples of products that would also be very helpful.
Many thanks for all your help.
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"ImAJellyTot" wrote

Add ease of access. I need a tomato? Green pepper, cucumber, etc? 5 feet out my own back door.

The obvious ones. Container garden here so the dog can't 'water the veggies' for me. - tomatoes, bell peppers, butter and baby lettuce, spinach, green onions, chives, various herbs, cucumbers, eggplant, chiles, summer squashes.

Long containers work well in apartment settings if you have a porch. I have 7-8 of them, most are about 1.75 meters long, about a foot deep and near a foot wide. They sit on raised wood platforms so I don't have to lean over to tend them.
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I want foods that are not available in todays market place, like NON-GM foods. Next year heirloom corn will be added to my heirloom vegetables and herbs. Another poster here has convinced me of this recently :)
You might be interested in this magazine? http://www.hobbyfarms.com/urban-farm/home.aspx
Enjoy Life... Dan
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ImAJellyTot wrote:

Freedom from chemicals is important to some. Improving the appearance of the urban garden can also be done with edibles, in a limited space you can eat the decoration..

If they have any sense they like to grow edibles that suit their soil and climate. This is an international group there is no one answer to that question.

A well trodden path, we get one here about every six months. I haven't seen a solution yet that was sensible and likely to be cost effective, many tend to be complex and over-engineered, perhaps you will do better.
David
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