author: Dr. Maj Carver
dateCreated: 472-08-23
dateRecovered: 524-01-08
length: 256

Urbworld farms were, for obvious reasons, mostly restricted to aquaculture. These farms primarily focused on bulk produce, mostly macroalgae, as this maximized their competitive advantage due to not requiring offworld shipping. Some farms were seabed based, with crops growing in natural marine sediment. Others were floating, with crops growing along nets, in artificial beds, on top of large ag-buoys, or in any number of other arrangements. These floating farms fell into two major categories: Static or Gyre.

Most farms, especially larger farms, were static. Static farms, as the name implies, stayed in one place. They were anchored to the seafloor with slack cables which allowed them to move with the water without floating off. These farms benefited from staying in the same climate zone year round, and as such could be more focused and more efficient. Static equatorial farms boasted the highest average efficiency out of all urbworld farms due to their consistent conditions.

A smaller, but sizable, portion of farms were gyre based. They generally kept their anchors up and allowed themselves to be pulled with the current, riding the ocean gyres of their world to carry them in huge, slow loops. This mobility added complexity to the aquacultural process, as the farm was consistently switching climate zones. This could be managed, however, by cultivating hardier, more generalist crops, or by rotating through different crops based on climate zone. There also existed a subset of gyre farms which were run by self titled "gentlefolk farmers," who rode the gyres for pleasure, often for their retirement.