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OPTIMIZED MICRO-FARMS AS A POTENTIAL SOLUTION TO FOOD INSECURITY IN URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS

Investigators
Githinji, L.; Samtani, Ja, .; Mersha, Ze, .; Taghavi, To, .
Institutions
Virginia State University
Start date
2021
End date
2024
Objective
1) Procuring a modular micro-farm known as "CropBox" for vegetables, herbs and microgreens production that will be partially powered by micro-grid solar panels for energy efficiency;2) Conducting experimental trials in CropBox to optimize growing conditions while minimizing losses from pests, diseases and postharvest spoilage;3) Disseminating research findings through workshops, field days and via peer-reviewed research and extension journals; and4) Engaging students in hands-on experiential learning on micro-farming.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
MICROFARM2021
Accession number
1026067
Categories
Food Defense and Integrity