Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) January 14, 2013
On January 14, Colle Farmers Market reacts to an article from The Atlantic Cities regarding the use of aerial views to find an accurate estimate of the number of farms in urban areas.
While estimates of the number of organic farms and food plots in urban areas usually come from self-reporting and groups trying to keep track of community gardens, researchers from the University of Illinois are using Google Earth to keep track of them. While it might seem hard to determine from the images, a recent article from The Atlantic Cities said that “a vegetable plot in fact has a distinct fingerprint – apart from neighborhood parks and plain old backyards – that’s visible even from thousands of feet overhead. “
According to the article, the researchers focused on the city of Chicago and found that there are actually 4,494 possible sites for urban farming. While not all of these sites are actual community gardens just yet (that number is around 1,236), the article reports that it still has great implications for a rise in farming throughout the city.
Although it takes several hours and a lot of patience, people can use Google Earth images (which are free) to determine the number of plots being used as urban farms and community gardens.
Colle Farmers Market responds to this research, saying that hopefully this will lead to a rise in the trend of urban farming. The company added that farmers markets in these urban areas would be a great way to support those with an interest in starting their own farms.
The company went on to say that their online farmers market community is a great way for urban farmers to connect with each other, share techniques for the best produce and find ways to sell and promote the food they grow.
Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all consumers who live an organic and natural lifestyle with the ultimate goal of creating more sustainable farming and consumerism.