The future of farming?

15 Oct

A Wall Street Journal article suggests that vertical farming may be the way of the future and explores the idea, it’s costs and benefits and consumer opinions. Does farming have an urban future?

Their poll of Wall Street Journal Online readers suggests fairly strong support for locally grown produce even with some increased cost.Image

What are your thoughts?


Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


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4 responses to “The future of farming?

  1. Main Street Musings Blog

    October 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    We can’t get more local–we’re now mostly growing our own vegetables!

  2. downhousesoftware

    October 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    That’s great. I try growing some every year and never get more than a handful. Barbara Kingsolver I am not.

  3. quarteracrehome

    October 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Most families are more capable of raising thier own food than they think. A used 5X10 dog kennel and a large and slightly altered dog house raised up on bricks is all it takes to put 4-5 chickens in your back yard. You can feed them chicken feed (for $1/dozen for eggs) or you can feed them table scraps and free range. Caring for them is about a half hour a day with maybe an hour on a weekend for bedding and other maintinenece and fits into most people’s routines…
    And they are great for gardens, providing amazing compost that helps all your vegetables grow! At the end of the year, throw the kennel over the garen and they will eat the weed, bugs and roots that are left and turn over all the soil.
    Local food has amazing possibilities!

    • downhousesoftware

      October 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I agree. We have several chickens and a turkey and they are remarkably easy to care for, not to mention fun to have around. The caveat is that we live outside of any city limits, within any city’s limits there may be regulations prohibiting raising animals of this kind. We used to live in Philadelphia and I know it was prohibited within the city limits there. Otherwise I say go ahead and do it. They don’t take much care or space and there’s nothing like fresh eggs.
      Thanks for the comment!


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