Micro Farms Tested as New Model for Urban Agriculture
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Ohio State University is working with a network of micro farms as part of a $2 million project that’s aiming to bring healthy food to urban food deserts, reports ideastream. The new model for urban farming connects and supports micro farms so that they’re economically and environmentally sustainable. Unlike traditional urban farms, the micro farm model maximizes the number of crops produced in a small space and takes a whole-food-system approach to make farms profitable. The farms are saving space compared to field farms, and because they’re organic, they reduce chemical use. Also, because of the micro farms’ urban locations, transportation emissions are minimal, meaning that this type of food production could reduce the carbon footprint. Ten growers are participating in this year’s pilot project.