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Micro-Farming: Concept, Advantages & Why Farmers Must Consider it

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Shivani Meena
Image representing microfarming
Image representing microfarming

A productive farm does not need a large amount of land. Urban locations with little open land are becoming more popular for clever micro farmers, but converting a tiny plot of land into a thriving business needs more than a green thumb and a passing interest in farming. 

Successful micro farmers see their land as a business venture, and they use cutting-edge agricultural technologies to increase production and profitability. 

What is Micro farming? 

The term "micro-farming" has buzzed about fashionable agricultural circles like a bee in a pollinator garden in recent years, leaving many farmers perplexed as to what it means. Micro farming is small-scale, high-yielding, environmentally-friendly farming that is typically done by hand in urban or suburban regions. 

Modern micro farmers use a blend of high-tech innovations and traditional practices to preserve the natural fertility of the land. 

When it comes to profit output, size is still a barrier for some crops. 

To address the issue of space, many micro farmers focus on optimizing their time, which means that lucrative producers select short-season crops that can be re-sown numerous times throughout the season on the very same plot of land. 

What are the benefits of Micro farming? 

Requires Less labor 

A micro-farm requires less labor commitment than a farm that spans acres and acres. You don't need to invest in heavy machinery or hire personnel to keep the crops in good condition. The beauty of a micro-farm is that it is only as good as you make it. You get to choose how much space, time, and effort you want to put in. Because of its small size, it remains controllable and enables rapid development in a little amount of space. 

Interaction with nature 

Being a micro farmer entails getting your hands muddy. It entails establishing a fundamental connection with nature. There is nothing more natural than growing food organically with soil, sun, and a little water. Maintaining a micro-farm allows you to get outside daily, spend time with Mother Nature, and experience both the simplicity and beauty of connecting with the Earth. 

Access to contaminant-free food 

Knowing that your food is free of toxins and pesticides is one of the major advantages of a micro-farm. Cultivating your food is one of the greatest methods to ensure that everything you consume is free of dangerous substances if eating organically is essential to you. Even if your farm only produces one or two specialty crops, you are still providing yourself with food that is free from contaminants and high in nutrients. 

Low Cost 

The cost of creating your micro-farm will vary depending on the amount of land you're working with and the animals and/or crops you intend to have on your farm. When you think about the money you save by purchasing organic fruits and veggies at the market, as well as the time (and carbon emissions) it takes to go to and from the store, a micro-farm offers a cost- and time-effective method to receive the healthful food your family needs. 

Good For soul, mind, and Body 

It has been scientifically shown that spending time in nature, gardening, and connecting with animals is good for your mind, body, and spirit. Managing a micro-farm gives urban farmers a feeling of purpose and has been shown to bring mental clarity and stress alleviation. Gardening is classified as a moderately strenuous exercise by the CDC, and if done 2.5 hours a week, it can help prevent common conditions such as obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. 

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