My past posts reveal my desire to be directly involved with sustainable farming. I plan and hope to achieve this, but as both the global population and the demand for land, space, and food rise, I recognize that being flexible with this dream may minimize any potential disappointment. Comparatively, as much as I seem to “fly by the seat of my pants,” I like to plan. I come close to peace when I at least have some general structure to my life. So with this in mind, I began to brainstorm back-up plans to having my own farm.
In this search and planning excursion, I read an article and learned of vertical farming. Dickson Despommier of Columbia University and his students researched this urban farming phenomenon and hypothesized that such projects could solve our global food insecurity problems.
I am unsure of its feasibility, but in my characteristic optimism, I believe it has potential. Vertical Farming and other urban farming may not be my idealistic dream of sustainable agriculture. However, just as our food and land crises will not be resolved by continuing our current lifestyles, I realize I may not ever achieve some form of my dream if I am rigid and unwilling to adapt. Urban farming is still farming by definition and an adequate and attainable back-up plan. Regardless, I hope to have a form of farming in my future.