Food & Farming in Boston Is Picking-up Steam
- New Farm Zoning will increase access to affordable healthy food, serve all Boston communities and promote economic opportunity
- Opening in 2014: 136 Blackstone Street on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
These new developments will open up urban food production and delivery to an expanded group of urban farmers and are built on the successes of the Food Project, City Growers, Green City Growers, ReVision Farms and Allandale Farms.
Now we face the challenge of figuring out how to feed Boston?
Urban Farms like CORNERSTALK are going to need to do two things, use all the land resources available and maximize production.
Lots like the one below will need to become farms.
In July of 2012 the Conservation Law Foundation published “Measuring Benefits, Overcoming Barriers, and Nurturing Opportunities for Urban Agriculture in Boston.” They found that identifying available growing space is going to be extremely challenging if not the most significant factor limiting the growth of urban agriculture.
How Good do we have to be
To farm the city with impact we have to use clean, sustainable technologies from companies like Freight Farms that can produce at 100 times the volume of conventional farming, right here in Boston 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Metro Boston has a population of 4,640,802, and Boston has 600,000 residents. But Boston only has approximately 800 acres of space for farming. Adding new and renovated roof space for farms bumps this up. Based on data in the CLF study, this could provide food for 60,000 people for 6 months if all 800 acres can be farmed effectively and successfully using conventional methods. We clearly need to bump up production per foot, and start looking at production per cubic foot.
Urban Farmers don’t have to be giant “agribusiness like” companies to meet this need, but we need to use all the technology that is available in order to be agile, efficient and responsive enough to scale food production closer to the food consumption required. We can grow more food in Boston with no GMO, no pesticides, low water and energy use.