Even though micro farming got very popular during the last decade, the concept has been around for centuries.
In the middle ages, peasants didn’t have much land for themselves, so they had to use it wisely. Also, there were no freezers, it took weeks to months to get from one side of a country or continent to another, so most of the food had to be grown locally because there was no choice.
With the industrial revolution also came the agricultural revolution, bringing huge farms, storage and delivery solutions that made it easier to farm in one part of the world and deliver to others.
However, while this revolution presented a much wider variety of goods, it also has it’s bad sides:
- It’s either too expensive, or low quality (often GMO)
- The industrial process involved pollutes the factories surroundings, and so does the livestock and poultry farming.
- The means of transportation pollute air, water or earth.
The benefits of micro farming
Depending on the space available in your home/garden, you can plant anything from a few herbs, to fruits and veggies that can provide enough supplies for your family and friends. Even if you live in a big city, you can at least cultivate a few herbs near a window or at the balcony.
This will lower your supermarket / farmers’ market bill, save you the time of buying, and it is also beneficial for the environment as it removes the transportation from the equation.
Probably the most important benefit of micro farming is the quality of the food you get. You’ll know it’s all organic unless you put some poison into it yourself.
If you happen to grow more than you need, off course, you can even sell the excess, resulting in a nice extra income. Who knows, maybe you can even make a business out of it!
And then last, but not the least, there’s the fun and joy of gardening and cultivating these plants, so, why don’t give it a try?
Further reading and ideas:
- Micro Farming With Pop Bottles
- A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming
- Micro Farming boards on Pinterest
- The Micro Farm Revolution:Think Small