Profitability at all levels
In urban farms, the yield per acre is exponential. For the production of leafy vegetables and herbs, we are talking about a yield 145 times greater than that of a conventional farm, especially when the system used is vertical. The year 2017 will bear its mark because of the real growth of these commercial farms in the agricultural landscape of Quebec, even if they are only complementing traditional agriculture.
Social, Economic and Environmental Development
The concept of the urban farm is not just about producing, manufacturing and marketing products. Indeed, it reveals a multifunctional character (Wegmuller and Duchemin, 2010) that promotes social, economic and environmental development. It represents social capital contributing to the optimization of land use and the empowerment of individuals. Several positive impacts are identified: food security, social networks and belonging, education, leisure and quality of life.