Rochdale Rotary Club
Rochdale Masonic Buildings
Richard Street
OL11 1DU


Our UrbanFarm® project was developed for the purpose of feeding very poor, destitute people who do not have enough food to eat, and this will always be our top priority.

However our project development work has taught us that once the basic human need for food is satisfied, there is also an excellent opportunity for the growth and profitable sale of vegetables and fruit.
This helps promote independence particularly for women.

It may take two different routes. Firstly basic crops can be grown and sold or, crops that are expensive to buy on the local market can be grown and sold, with the profit being used to buy basics with which to feed the UrbanFarmer.

So, organisations that are involved in establishing UrbanFarms in their communities can choose to use a mixture of growing crops to eat and growing crops to sell.

With this in mind, organisations should very carefully consider that once local people have grown enough to eat, establishing an UrbanFarm® which already is an exceedingly low cost operation, could move rapidly into being a funding opportunity for that organisation.


Our trials have demonstrated that commercial UrbanFarm® applications can be profitable. As an example, in Britain one plastic bag, compost and seed planted with Tumbling Tomatoes will cost approximately £0.47 per bag. The average bag will produce 2.5Kg of tomatoes in one season. The Supermarket retail price for tomatoes this year (2013) is £4 per Kg. In this idealised situation a £0.47 investment would return £10, hence this has both charitable and commercial possibilities.

Remember the above example is for one short U.K. summer growing season. In many developing countries an UrbanFarm ® growing season may last for most of the year and the yields will be higher than in the above example from the U.K.