Perhaps it is due to the need to stand up to a prevailing business philosophy that deals with health by making healthier products more expensive and cheaper those that are less so; Perhaps it is because there is a greater need to control the chemicals with which crops are treated, perhaps it is a protest or an act of rebellion against so much cement, but the fact is that the commitment to urban gardens is increasing.
People, in their individuality and also as a whole, have shown a tendency towards the ecological and the natural. The city councils of the big cities have applauded these initiatives, supporting them with the resources at their disposal.
Socially, the increase in the number of urban gardens offers a large number of benefits: it allows for good relations between neighbors who interact to maintain a collective garden together, it offers opportunities for self-employment and improves sustainability. It also helps to raise awareness of the need for healthier eating and greater contact with nature in technology-free spaces.
Companies dedicated to supplying urban gardens with materials for their sustenance and maintenance, such as Mundoriego, have noticed significantly the increase in their sales as well as in the number of requests for advice on different aspects of urban gardens and organic gardens.
The trend has not seemed to stagnate since it started to do so. In 2000, there were 15 hectares in Spain that belonged to urban gardens. In 2015 there were 200 and the figures continue to rise.
Consumers, more and more, bet on the ecological, sustainable and self-consumption. The reasons that have given rise to this trend are found in different fields.
On an economic level, having urban gardens lowers the cost of access to basic food. At the health level, a greater consumption of healthy foods and less chemically treated is demanded. Socially creating sources of employment are required, which is why urban and ecological gardens are a very attractive option.
Booming, these types of initiatives are being supported by numerous public entities, although in each city they are treated differently. While in Barcelona the use of abandoned lots is encouraged, in Zaragoza urban gardens have become a wide labor niche that welcomes sensitive groups such as retired people with low income, disabled people or unemployed people.
Madrid, Seville and Valencia have also carried out their own strategies to promote the creation and maintenance of urban gardens, spaces of nature and coexistence in the midst of the hustle and bustle and excessive technology that give shape to the faithful portrait of modern society.