Urban agriculture faces many challenges. The problem on my mind today is space. Lots of things grow, people, animals, plants, tax rates, but not land. Space is a big problem for commercial and recreational farmers. What if I need to increase my output but no local land available? One solution is to go vertical. Adding shelving, adjusting plant locations by light requirements, possibly even adding LED lighting. Some farmers have increased their yeilds by 75% but expanding vertically!
Permaculturalist tend to believe technology is the enemy, I don’t believe that’s necessarily true. For our species to survive we must adapt to our size and demand. We have already learned that some of the “old ways” are a lot harder on mother nature than we originally thought. However incorporating the known sustainable methods of farming with new technology brings hope for a more sustainable future.
” As we continue to live with the planet and not against it we will always meet new challenges, its the ability to overcome those hurdles that sets us apart from other species. ”
Shout out to Vista High School for winning a $10m grant, funded by Laurene Powell Jobs. Its called the QX: Super School Project. A portion of which focuses on education and problem solving of real world agricultural struggles. Go Panthers!!