Food Aid Reinvented - The 'Swiss Army Knife' of Sustainable Farming
Having spent much of their careers overseas and working in various development and non-profit efforts, when Brandi and Scott see a need they dive in. Farm from a Box, which has been 3 years in the making, came from their personal passion to find a different and sustainable way to reinvent food aid particularly in areas where natural resources, infrastructure and technology are scarce. "Farm from a Box is the Swiss Army knife of sustainable farming," said Brandi DeCarli. "We found that rural communities often lack the resources needed to access nutritious food. We developed a toolkit that contains all of the core components needed to grow your own food, on a two acre plot of land, without the need for an existing grid. Imagine the good it can do by growing local, organic food for a school, or helping jumpstart food production after a disaster. Farm from a Box enables and empowers communities to provide for themselves."
Working with renowned agroecology Professor, Dr. Miguel Altieri, at UC Berkeley, who says that it is possible if land, labor, compost and seeds are available, a 2 acre diversified and self-sufficient agroecological farm can be up and running in a week's time, managed by people locally. "I support the idea of Farm from a Box as it can provide basic resources for rural communities to create farms that don't require external inputs," advised Dr. Miguel, "allowing them to reach yields that will deliver sufficient food for themselves, with a surplus that can be sold in local markets."