The salt of the earth farmer is now the constant gardener
Settlers say they built this country with their bare hands. Outside of that being totally debatable, vast amounts of the population want to cling onto that romantic notion. A barren paradise full of fertile land that help spring the greatest civilization the world has ever seen. It gives a sense of pride. it’s ownership. We were founded as an agrarian society.
Land and opportunity were synonymous. The farther out west that the white man could settle, the more the US had claim to dominate. Little my little, farms conquered the frontier and it is woven within fabric of this country. This idea of the ‘homeland’ and the hardworking farmer who tends to the earth and provides for the people is going to change. It is inevitable. We are running out of land and depleting the nutrients of our breadbasket, the Great Plains. We can no longer rely with reckless abandon on the land to sustain our growth. Which mean the idea of the farmer wearing overalls, waking up by a rooster call and spending all day plowing the fields is over. It is no longer man’s brutal work, it will be calculated and programmed gardening.
Cities needs food faster. Cities need healthy food faster. The demand for produce to be nutritious and responsibly grown is only increasing. Enter, vertical farming. The future of farming requires tender and diligent care and precise calculations to regulate an indoor environment. Scientists with a clipboard will be taking the sickle to the farmer and tractor. The idea is simple, grow more with less. Places like the Netherlands are leading the way out of necessity but here in the US, companies like Plenty are adapting their business models to avoid the pitfalls that other start-ups have encountered in the past. Don’t get me wrong, farming has changed drastically over the last century. Family homesteads have been demolished and gobbled up by huge conglomerates and as city populations continue to rise, so will the demand for good, sustainable food that is salt of the earth… or soil tray. Vertical farming will feed the future.