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Questions tagged [farming]

For questions involving farming methods in a fictional scenario, such as in the distant future or on a spaceship.

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Interplanetary Agriculture

What would be a good way to set up farms and trade among planets to ensure that the people of each planet are well fed?
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What Plants To Grow In Space? [duplicate]

Plants are quite useful to the intrepid space colonist, in addition to providing food, plants also help reduce life support burden and psychological stress by adding a splash of green to all those ...
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Underwater Farming

In my colonizing business, some colonists build a underwater base on a all-about nice planet. They are using food storage right now; but now they need to start farming. Ive looked up some farming ...
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Is it feasible to have farmers live in a city and travel out to work on their plots?

Hello and thanks to everyone who answered my other question, it's been really enlightening reading them all (unfortunately as I posted as a guest it seems that account was lost to the void). I've been ...
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How can a society ensure farmland is not concentrated in the hands of the wealthy?

Premise: A city-state existing in a 'Dark Age' following the collapse of an empire. Trade is minimal due to lack of trust and banditry. The city is led by a democratically elected Council and there is ...
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Size of family-owned medieval farm?

I’m writing a D&D campaign. The closest period of time in the real world that the setting of my story comes to is medieval Europe. (I don't know exactly where or when, but I don't know that it ...
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What things could someone living on a human farm island notice to discover that it is a farm?

Imagine an island where humans are the crop. People are harvested at age 20, they leave the island and never return. They are under the impression that they are part of a socio-economic experiment ...
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What Foods are Possible for an Underground Society

I'm writing the story for a game I'm making. I've got an underground farm powered by artificial lights. I was wondering which crops would be best as a food source and for efficiency. I've done my own ...
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Can fields be destroyed by water so that new ones need to be dug up?

I currently have a character whose fields are destroyed as they are at the base of a valley, and the rain has completely killed the seeds and waterlogged the dirt. Thus, main character needs to dig ...
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Resource Production Logistics for 15th Century Europe-Era Island

Please bear with any confusing explanations – this is my first question on here. I’ve started building a fantasy world with the rough geography and technological advancement of late 14th –15th ...
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Farm-Raised Venison Before the Common Era [closed]

According to The Modern Farmer, people have been farming deer since the 1970s. The link provided also explains the benefits deer farming has over conventional livestock farming. The one fundamental ...
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Organic solar power generators [closed]

After watching a scene in the Matrix where they had humans hooked up to produce electricity I wandered if this could be done at any level with living plants in the soil? All the examples online has ...
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Practicality of Heated Crop Fields

I've been trying to design a world and I have been running into some issues with a certain application for a piece of magic. Basically, it is the use of "heat rocks" to warm up fields so that crops ...
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How can I determine the length of a growing season on a world with slightly different orbital parameters

(I bolded the actual question, below, so if you want to skip the preamble scroll down to the bold lettering) I am working on a world that is very similar to earth in some ways, exactly the same mass ...
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Amount of Farmland Needed to Produce Biodiesel

Consider a post-Apocalyptic society of collective farmers that has access to a waning supply of modern farm supplies, a small, independent power grid, and a enough knowledge to keep themselves fed ...
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What is a viable method to produce food within a volcano caldera?

I'm making a medieval settlement of humans that reside very close to a volcano (and maybe venture into the caves surrounding the volcano), to the point of living in the caldera itself. The humans are ...
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In obligate carnivores, can I have animal husbandry (livestock-keeping) without farming ever developing?

This is a world without humans (so no problems with competition for space, etc.), and where the apex species is a quadruped obligate carnivore with an intelligence roughly on par with that of humans ...
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Can my farm work normally on a sky island in an empty world?

I have a city on a "sky island". I want to have farms around my city on all the rest of the island. There is nothing around the island no matter the distance or direction. But the gravity works (...
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How far would a team of 2 horses with carriage travel per hour?

I found a similar but not quite perfect question/answer at: Possible distance travelled by horse over 6 weeks? The thread was great, I learned about palfreys and relays, etc. My scenario is a little ...
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Reality Check: Winter Wheat Agriculture on an Ice Age Steppe World, No Oceans [closed]

Came across this wonderful site while googling my conundrum, so this past question is definitely relevant; can a water cycle exist on a planet without oceans? I'm looking for constructive criticism ...
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On a permanent living quarters spaceship, how does one farm?

If you were to decide to live on a spaceship for the rest of your life, how would you farm? You have access to the necessary farming materials; Dirt, plants; etcetera. Ship is large enough to ...
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Unplanned Colony: what industrial level could be recreated in the short-term?

TL:DR You and 1000-2000 unprepared and untrained settlers are stranded in an uninhabited area that has never had any human development. If you had nothing but the knowledge of how things work and ...
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Farming underground

Suppose the surface of earth is -349 Fahrenheit and survivors live deep underground dependent on geo-thermal energy. They do farming in tunnels. They have enough energy (heat, electricity), fresh air (...
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Space Farms: algae vs plants for food/oxygen?

First the reality-check: In a sci-fi world where humans have interstellar travel but "nice" Earth-like planets are rare, what reasons might an algae farm be "better" than a plant farm, especially ...
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Poor People Living On Farm-In-A-Box Tech?

It's 2040. Fusion energy's starting to become widespread and solar's gotten better. AI and robotics (and brain uploading, as with these guys) have reached the point where a robot can do any job a ...