What’s urban agriculture worth these days? What’s in a name?
By Michael Levenston
City Farmer News
Sept 16, 2015
Back in 1994, when we began our web site ‘Urban Agriculture Notes’, we were asked what domain name we wanted. I hadn’t a clue about such technical terms but was told that because we were a non-profit society, [.org] for organization was appropriate. And thus we became [www.cityfarmer.org].
Some years later I upgraded the site to a fresher WordPress format and looked for an appropriate domain name for what is our current news site ‘City Farmer News’. The domain [.info] was available and seemed appropriate as it stood for information.[www.cityfarmer.info]
At the time, the [.com] domain for cityfarmer was owned by a Korean entity and the site was not in use or available.
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Big-data firms can test varieties of seeds across hundreds of fields, soils, and climates. And in the same way that Google can identify flu outbreaks based on where web searches are originating, analyzing crops across farms helps identify diseases that could ruin a harvest.
By Dan Bobkoff
Sept 15, 2015
This is some of what big-data analytics make possible on the modern farm: Sensors can tell how effective certain seed and types of fertilizer are in different sections of a farm. Software will instruct the farmer to plant one hybrid in one corner and a different seed in another for optimum yield. It can adjust nitrogen and potassium levels in the soil in different patches. And this information can be fed to companies like Monsanto to improve hybrids.
September 16, 2015 Comments Off on Seed by seed, acre by acre, big data is taking over the farm
Franklin County, the home of Columbus and its suburbs, currently has about 15 urban farms, Hogan said.
By Martha Filipic
Ohio State University
Sept 8, 2015
Currently, estimates are that 15 percent of all food in the United States is produced in a metropolitan area, said Mike Hogan, educator with Ohio State University Extension in Franklin County. That includes food grown in home and community gardens, urban farms, and even urban aquaculture facilities, he said.
Urban farms often have different issues to face than traditional farms in rural areas, Hogan said. They include zoning regulations and challenges with sites that were previously residential or, sometimes, industrial.
September 16, 2015 Comments Off on Urban farming: Can cities feed themselves?