Urban Farming and Cool Trailers

This time, Nora Young looks at the urban agriculture trend. According to a new study, the majority of people doing small scale urban agriculture (eg, rooftop market gardening) in the U.S. generate less than $10,000 in sales. This calls into question the sustainability of the urban ag trend (via City Lab). In a bit of good news, though, Modern Farmer looks at a really cool idea: mobile urban farm stands that sell fresh food near public transit, for people in "food deserts". Cathi Bond continues her love of tiny, perfectly planned spaces with the Tiger Moth, a really cool trailer designed by a former NASA engineer. There's a neat-o video tour! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeWR2b-jRNw     [iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4202253/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/standard" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Download MP3

4 responses to “Urban Farming and Cool Trailers

  1. The Tiger Moth represents the perfect blend of the durability of a U-Haul with the flexibility of a tent trailer. A great alternative to larger traditional trailers or campers that might require a truck to transport. This gives you your home base with a drive away vehicle for quick trips away from Camp. Do agree with the ladies that long winter nights might get a bit too cozy for groups but probably great for a solo traveler.

  2. The amount of money made is not surprising. I tracked all the stuff I harvested from my garden last year and by equivalent grocery store prices it was worth $350. My garden is about 20'x20' so around 1/100th of an acre. Costs into it were $200 and that doesn't include any of my labour! Now if I certified organic I could get higher returns but then I also would have higher costs using organic methods and keeping up with paperwork. I'm just doing it for my own use but if I every wanted to try to make a living I'd need a major scale up.

    • Interesting! Thanks for the breakdown. The one area in my postage stamp sized back yard where I notice a payoff is growing black kale, which is expensive in stores and grows well, and for a long period.

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