By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest
As individuals seek to live healthier, more satisfying lives, many food-related movements are cropping up in the United States. One such movement is suburban farming – the idea that people can use their gardens or backyards to grow their own organic produce and raise small animal livestock.
The Suburban Farming Movement
Increasingly people want to grow their own food. More importantly, they are realizing they don’t need many acres to cultivate a small farm. Numerous blogs explain how to set up these farms. Other blogs focus on raising chickens or other creative means to farm. The movement is changing the way people think about gardening and providing for their families.
Emergency Management Is Changing due to the Suburban Farming Movement
With the popularity of suburban farming, emergency management is affected, too. As the suburban farming movement gains momentum, emergency managers working in suburban areas will need to devise plans for handling agricultural emergencies. At the same time, new education campaigns will need to focus on emergencies associated with agriculture.
Emergency Issues Associated with Suburban Farming
While suburban farming is a fine idea, there are a number of agricultural emergencies that suburban farmers may not be aware of. For example, chicken waste is combustible and needs to be stored and disposed of carefully.
Similarly, hay is also combustible. A fire caused by hay combusting spontaneously in a closed, heated facility can threaten people and buildings.
Beekeeping can be equally dangerous to human health because many individuals have serious bee-related allergies. That’s why some localities have beekeeping zoning laws.
Educating Suburban Farmers Can Prevent Agricultural Emergencies
It is important for emergency managers to take these suburban farm hazards into consideration. Emergency managers need to make sure that their education campaigns include some agricultural topics to help mitigate and prepare the public for suburban farming emergencies.