How can farmers avoid the pitfalls of urban farming?
In the rural South, farmers must contend with many of the same issues that come with urban agriculture, but they are also under a different set of pressures.
The Urban Agriculture Research Group (UARG) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has conducted research that aims to find out how to better meet urban needs.
The group found that while urban farming is widely considered an inefficient, but essential, way to feed the growing population, it also can be a good option for rural populations.
UARGs research team, led by Dr. David Stolley, discovered that the best way to meet rural populations’ needs is to grow crops in areas that are not urban, and they believe that a number of the challenges faced by rural farmers can be mitigated with urban farming.
“Urban farming is more complex than most people realize.
In addition to a large number of factors, including climate, soil quality, and weather, urban farming also involves different farming practices that are less suited to growing certain crops, including the variety of soils that a farm can cultivate, the time required for the crop to be planted, and the location of the growing areas,” Stolly told The Huffington