My \ˈmī, mə\ Urban \ˈər-bən\ Farmscape \ˈfärm-ˈskāp\

2 Jan

What is an Urban Farmscape?  The word farmscape doesn’t even exist, I made it up.  Someone asked me, “Is that okay to make up words?”  Of course it is! Try it sometime; it can be a lot of fun.  If you know of someone else using farmscape, please let me know.  We can compare definitions.  I consulted with my Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, to research a few other definitions before coming up with one for Urban Farmscape.

ur-ban \ˈər-bən\ adj [ L urbanus, fr. Urbs city ] (1619) : of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city

farm \ˈfärm\ n. often attrib   4 : a tract of land devoted to agricultural purposes

scape \ˈskāp\n. [ landscape ] (1773) : a view or picture of a scene – usu. used in comination <cityscape>

Put it all together and this is the definition I came up with.

Urban Farmscape:  A picturesque city plot devoted to the cultivation of agricultural and horticultural crops including vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers.

I’m going to take it a step further……another definition from Merriam Webster.

landscape gardener n (ca. 1763) : one who is engaged in the development and decorative planting of gardens and grounds – landscape gardening n

Urban Farmscaper: A person engaged with the creation of picturesque city plots for the cultivation of agricultural and horticultural crops including vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers.

Urban Farmscapers: Persons engaged with the creation of picturesque city plots for the cultivation of agricultural and horticultural crops including vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers.

I can’t think of anything more picturesque than an Urban Farmscape. Now that I have definitions out of the way it’s time to start planning the garden for the upcoming season!

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