As the urban landscape shifts and develops with regard to infrastructure, architecture and technology, micro farms are an important component that can ensure agriculture does not lag behind. In an attempt to motivate cutting-edge design in the industry of small-scale farming, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center hosts a competition in collaboration with Randolph-Macon College.
The winner is a Charlottesville-based startup that pitched a sustainable design for micro farms that can be installed within a singular home. The company Babylon Micro-Farms Inc. develops an automated hydroponic system which will allow individuals to grow their herbs, fruits and vegetables in the comfort of their own home. The app-controlled product will enable the sustainable growth of high-quality organic food while utilizing 90% less water.