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.
OPTIMIZED MICRO-FARMS AS A POTENTIAL SOLUTION TO FOOD INSECURITY IN URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS
Githinji, L.; Samtani, Ja, .; Mersha, Ze, .; Taghavi, To, .
Virginia State University