Philippe van den Bossche Says Organic Urban Farming is on the Rise

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In response to an article published by the Examiner, impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, commends Big City Farms for creating a network of organic farms in Baltimore and why this could be a trend seen soon in other urban areas.

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, says organic urban farming could be the next big trend.

According to a January 26th article published by the Examiner titled “Big City Farms creating a network of organic farms,” a Baltimore for-profit urban farming company has created a small-scale network of organic farms within city limits. These farms provide local eateries and grocery stores with fresh organic produce.

The article states that the farms utilize “sustainable farming methods, solar heat and minimal supply chains” to operate. This allows the company to reduce their carbon footprint, minimalize pollutant runoff and conserve water.

The organic farming network has also provided a number of employment opportunities to residents and those interested in learning more about sustainable farming methods. The company believes that they are not only making a huge environmental impact on the city, but a social one as well. “For each acre farmed, we’ll create 5 living-wage, year-round jobs with worker-ownership opportunities in the urban core, where jobs are accessible by mass transit to communities experiencing high unemployment.”

Philippe van dan Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, believes creating these farms will be extremely beneficial to the city of Baltimore. “These farms will provide residents with access to local produce, benefit the city’s overall environment and help give its economy a boost,” says van den Bossche. “With more people becoming conscious about the source and quality of their food, urban organic farming has increased. Organic urban farming could increase the quality and accessibility of fresh produce for our nation’s urbanites.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.


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