What is Crowdfarming?
This new movement could be the beginning of a growing trend in small-scale and urban farming.
The concept of crowdfarming is gaining traction online, most recently manifesting in a multinational Kickstarter campaign involving over fifteen countries in Europe and the United States. An agricultural adaption of "crowdfunding", crowdfarming centers around the concept of remote "2.0 farmers" who purchase plots of farmland online then are shipped the fruit that their land produces.
This style of sustainable agriculture aims to reduce the amount of storage time that produce must undergo in the traditional farm to table process. Produce received from crowdfarming plots can be consumed by program participants or distributed to friends and the goal is that they are more likely to be completely consumed and less likely to be wasted.
According to Kickstarter project coordinator Naranjas del Carmen, eighty euros (approximately 100$) buys one tree, estimated to produce nearly 200 lbs of produce (oranges in given example) in one year. In subsequent years, as the project anticipates scale up, the cost of a similar amount of produce for 2nd year crowdfarming customers would decrease to approximately 20$ per year after the first year.
With neatly $10,000 raised from the public and over 9,000 trees already planted by Naranjas del Carmen , crowdfarming appears to be here to stay. Could this be a new trendy spin off of sustainable urban farming?
Crowdfarming offers environmental benefit, food traceability, and social consciousness, all at a fair price. Source: Kickstarter
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