#Streetvalues - If We Grew Vegetables Instead of Cars

If we grew vegetables in parking spaces instead of cars, we could grow 216 heads of broccoli every year.

If we grew vegetables in parking spaces instead of cars, we could grow 216 heads of broccoli every year.

Based on a Rutgers study (1) for mixed stand, small-scale agriculture, a general yield expectation is 0.5 lb per square foot, or 0.5*144 = 72 lb of annual vegetables yield for a parking space sized plot. Selected vegetable yields (upper bound):

  1. Broccoli: 0.75 lb/square foot. At around ½lb for a single head (2), that’s 216 heads.

  2. Tomatoes: 2 lb/square foot. At 5 oz a tomato (3), that’s 921 tomatoes.

  3. Asparagus: 0.1 lb/square foot

  4. Beets: 1.2 lb/square foot. At 0.44 lb/beet (4), that’s 393 beets.

  5. Lettuce: 0.4lb/square foot

  6. Sweet potatoes: 0.33 lb/square foot

  7. Spinach: 0.36 lb/square foot

References

  1. https://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/urbanfringe/pdfs/urbanfringe-v07n01.pdf

  2. https://www.thespruce.com/broccoli-equivalents-measures-and-substitutions-1807461

  3. https://www.reference.com/food/much-average-tomato-weigh-5eca71f01bc149a2#

  4. http://www.cooksinfo.com/beet