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First Advisor

Svetlana Nikitina

Date

2008

Abstract

Farming has been on a decline in New England since the Industrial Revolution, and the only way it will reclaim its former status is to make it into a prominent and prosperous field that will attract the younger generation. To address urgent problems of farming in New England, we collected background information on the problems faced by farmers from local farmers themselves. We interviewed three farmers and gained insight into the issues of technology, financing, and management that form the core of farmers’ problems today. In the area of technology, we proposed redesigns of current farming structures to make them more efficient. The proposed improvements were the use of high tunnels, the inclusion of computers and robots, and a redesign for a more efficient barn. In the financial realm, we proposed to reduce farmer’s costs by reducing the use of supplies, including feed, seeds or supplies, and by increasing the necessary government involvement. Finally, we identified three areas in which the organization and management of the farm could use improvement, such as crop rotation and diversity, irrigation, and launching a CSA. Our ideas will help to reinvigorate farming in the New England region, and also to increase the availability of locally grown, organic produce.

Keywords

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Creative Commons License
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Course

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Program

Great Problems Seminar

Format

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Cultivating the Future: A Design to Improve Technological, Financial, and Organizational Aspects of Farming in New England


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