Saturday, November 14, 2015

Farming At Disney World

Hello again! It's been a while since I've been able to post anything as I've been super busy lately with school, sports and FFA. Now that I've had a little time to write here and there, I wanted to tell you about my not-so-typical experience with agriculture over fall break.

Back in October, my family and I went to Disney World. While I was there we went to all the parks; Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Epcot. My favorite was Magic Kingdom because that castle is absolutely gorgeous! However, the most interesting thing I seen out of all four parks was Disney's research farm in Epcot. That's right, there's a farm in Disney World!

In Epcot, there's a ride called "Living With the Land". It's not like your normal amusement park ride. There are no stomach dropping hills, no twists and turns, and no going upside down. This ride consisted of touring a research farm by boat. On each side of the boat's waterway, there are crops growing from all around the world. They're not grown in typical soil though. They are actually growing in sand. The purpose of this is to see how well different crops can adapt to a desert-like environment so that places like Saudi Arabia, that have a less productive agriculture industry, can begin growing their own food. There also other research projects taking place to figure out how we'll grow food in the future.
A banana tree that was growing there.
"Vertical Farming"... Scientists predict this will be the most common way of farming in the future when there's less room for bigger farms.
Along with crops growing in sand and hanging from the ceiling, I got a glimpse of aquaculture, something I don't get to see everyday.

To anyone visiting Disney soon, I highly recommend this little tour. Agriculture affects everyone whether you're a farmer or not. Go learn where your food comes from!