We are a team of researchers, designers and engineers from Cornell University, collaborating with farmers from Red Hook Farms in Brooklyn, NY to develop a virtual education platform for urban agriculture. Our partner organizations include:
Frequently Asked Questions
How did this project get started?
This project started as a collaboration between Cornell Cooperative Extension, Red Hook Farms and the Represent research group, seeking to develop new approaches to educating people about soil health and urban agriculture.
What technology are you using?
We are using a virtual reality education developed by the Represent research group. Our current prototype can run on Windows PCs and Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets. We are planning to add support for other platforms in the future.
How will farmers access the platform?
We expect there will be headsets available at local district extensions offices in New York State. Farmers will be able to visit these locations to experience farm visits in an immersive environment. Some farmers (or their kids) will have their own headsets. There is a PC version of the software, and we anticipate porting it to other platforms soon.
What is the long term vision?
The long-term vision of this project is to develop a virtual reality education platform that can connect farmers and extension across the state (and eventually the country) to learn from one another and virtually experience each others farms.
How can I get involved?
We are seeking collaborators who would like to be involved with the project. If you would like to document your farm, develop your own virtual reality education platform, or be involved in some other way, please contact us.
Press & Articles
- Genevieve Fox, Cornell researchers farm pixels, Great Lakes Echo, November 22, 2022
- Krishna Ramanujan, Virtual reality farm tour expands access to urban agriculture, Cornell Chronicle, February 28, 2022
- Tapan Parikh, Sara Perl Egendorf, Isaiah Murray, Ali Jamali, Bryan Yee, Sammi Lin, Kendra Cooper-Smith, Brendan Parker, Koron Smiley and Jenny Kao-Kniffin, Greening the Virtual Smart City: Accelerating Peer-to-Peer Learning in Urban Agriculture With Virtual Reality, Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, February 2022
If you would like to learn more about the project, or are interested to collaborate, please e-mail us at email@example.com.