Five Farm Facts From Farley

Hi—I’m a longtime Farmer and farm fact enthusiast. Here are some things you might not know about farms. 

  1. Until very recently, historical consensus was that farming came into existence around 12,000 years ago, somewhere in the Middle East. But a *2015 study out of Harvard discovered a 23,000 year old settlement on the Sea of Galilee that was made up of not only hunters and gathers, but also farmers! Can you imagine what our Farm will look like 23,000 years from now? There will probably be all sorts of cool stuff in the coworking space like computer chips in our coffee and phone booths that hover and beep. Or—maybe the entire office will be replaced by a single computer that has automated and made redundant all of our jobs. Who’s to say!

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2. You’d think that after 23,000 years, agriculture wouldn’t have any new places to go. But in crowded urban spaces like New York, farmers are innovating by turning roofs into farms. There may not be much farmland left on Grand Street, but there’s plenty of roofs in New York for rooftop farming.

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3. The world’s largest farm is located in China and is called Mudanjiang City Mega Farm (mega cool name). It spans over nine million hectares and has one hundred thousand dairy cows. Our Farm doesn’t have quite that many hectares, but I’m willing to wager it smells better.

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4. People farm everything—even bugs. From roaches to ladybugs to crickets, people raise insects to be pets or feed pets or even feed themselves. Instead of pizza at our happy hours, maybe we should stay true to farming culture and eat free-range bugs, grown in-house here are the Farm. I think there should be a hot desk or two available for cricket farms.

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5. If you’ve ever watched “Riverdale,” you know that farms are sometimes the sites of cults and cult-like activities. And the Osho Group, made famous by the Netflix documentary “Wild Wild Country,” did their share of farming too. There was even a 1970’s cult in Tennessee that called themselves “The Farm.” They occupied 1,750 acres of Tennessee farmland (they still do, but have rebranded themselves an “intentional community”) where they grew soybeans and freelove. But don’t worry, Farmers—our coworking The Farm is definitely, one-hundred and ten percent NOT a cult—unless being a “cult” means working hard together and occasionally doing yoga. Then, yes, we might be a cult.

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