State-of-the-art automation lends small farms a helping hand
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of the U.S. population could be fed by small farms
of the U.S. food supply is supplied by small farms
It’s becoming more and more difficult to survive and thrive as a small or mid-sized farmer. Costs are increasing, labor is becoming more scarce and climate change threatens fickle growing cycles. So while small farms have the capacity to supply 92% of our nation’s food, they currently only provide 10% of what we eat. The supply chain is still dominated by industrial-scale farms.
Good news — and help — is on the way, however. The innovation in agricultural robotics and automation that made industrial farming possible is making its way to small-scale farms — thanks in part to Biddeford-based Farmhand Automation.
With funding from MTI, they’ve developed a prototype robotic platform that can automate tedious agricultural operations such as bed preparation, planting and weeding. By making this technology affordable and accessible, Farmhand Automation hopes to increase the amount of food we get from small farms, while helping small farmers increase their profitability, viability and quality of life.