People heavily rely on large-scale farms to grow and ship produce to their local grocery stores. These farms are not always domestic and can be located on the other side of the world. This has become an issue today due to the high transportation costs associated with bringing copious amounts of produce to crowded urban areas as well as to areas that cannot sustain themselves with the local land. Furthermore, the preservatives that are required to allow produce to make it to market inflate this cost. In addition to these economic costs, there are the environmental impacts associated with transporting across these distances.
Integrated Farming System (IFS) Project’s goal is to solve these issues by bringing the farms to these areas through an automated farming system. This system will be enclosed either in its own facility or housed within another existing building. The key is to minimize the amount of real estate required for these systems relative to how much land would be needed by a comparable farm. The constructed model focused on the caring aspects of the overall system. This prototype has proven the feasibility of the system’s design to save space while reducing crop costs.
Integrated Farming System (IFS) would be able to automatically seed, care for and harvest crops without any user assistance. Although not large, the prototype shows that this overall system is plausible as well as expandable due to its modular design.
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