Netflix’ “Rotten” Talks Honey Crime

When I first saw that Netflix had released a new series called "Rotten," I had mixed feelings about it. I was intrigued to learn more about the food industry and its deceit, but I also didn't want to know too much. The old adage "ignorance is bliss" comes...

The Rise of Garden Villages: Its effect on Housing and Outdoor Trends

The UK gardening industry is getting ready for a huge rise in new consumers, due to the government’s recent sign-off for the creation of 17 new garden villages and towns. With more than £7 million in funding and locations across the country chosen as bases...

8 Interesting Beekeeping Insights

Beekeeping isn't like any other creature one can keep in the backyard or urban garden. Chickens hang around because they know you'll feed them. Bees, while having homebody tendencies, only need you to locate them where there's plenty of pollen and nectar...

Craigslist for Young Farmers: Canadian Style

The challenges young farmers face today seem quite the same in any country. Land prices are too high, commodity and large-scale farming monopolize marketplaces, and the average age of a nation's farmers increases steadily. We see it in all the places...

Sustainable Agriculture Reverses College Enrollment

From liberal arts colleges to land-grant universities, sustainable agriculture is making its mark upon higher education. Not so much for growing organic food on campus, as it's making an education in agriculture a desirable career pursuit again. Hearing...

Dubai Gets First Vertical Farm

Such a densely populated city is perfect for a vertical farm. Dubai, located in one of the harshest desert climates, suffers from food insecurity in a big way. One could say that Badia Farms' arrival fills several needs in this desert mecca. Imagine the...

Win A Successful Hydroponics Shop

If there was ever a perfect time to get into the hydroponics business, this is it. Things are about to get really exciting in this industry - for manufacturers and retailers. Especially if you own a hydroponics shop in a state where at least medical...

Organic Food: Hydroponic & Aquaponic Produce Approved

It's official, hydroponic and aquaponic produce can legally be certified as organic food. A ruling that no doubt brought an immense sigh of relief from a number of already certified farms who use these methods to grow their products. The Crops Subcommittee...

Netflix’ “Rotten” Talks Honey Crime

When I first saw that Netflix had released a new series called "Rotten," I had mixed feelings about it. I was intrigued to learn more about the food industry and its deceit, but I also didn't want to know too much. The old adage "ignorance is bliss" comes...

E. coli, Romaine, Food Safety, and Hydroponic Produce

If it isn't one contaminant causing food safety issues today, it's another. In fact, if you check the right news feeds every week, you'll see that food recalls are a regular thing. Sometimes for suspected contamination, other times for known contamination....

Front Burner Food Policy News

Have you ever considered that food policy is the modern diet's foundation? The government doesn't subsidize fruits and vegetables much. They reserve handouts for farms that grow crops for livestock feed, biofuels, and industrial use, and those that raise...

The Rise of Garden Villages: Its effect on Housing and Outdoor Trends

The UK gardening industry is getting ready for a huge rise in new consumers, due to the government’s recent sign-off for the creation of 17 new garden villages and towns. With more than £7 million in funding and locations across the country chosen as bases...

Sustainable Agriculture Reverses College Enrollment

From liberal arts colleges to land-grant universities, sustainable agriculture is making its mark upon higher education. Not so much for growing organic food on campus, as it's making an education in agriculture a desirable career pursuit again. Hearing...

Young American Farmers on the Rise

The statistics show young people becoming American farmers again; an oddity that's only occurred one other time in the past century. However, the picture painted in recent news articles use outdated statistics as a foundation. It's 2018, so measuring the...
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Craigslist for Young Farmers: Canadian Style

The challenges young farmers face today seem quite the same in any country. Land prices are too high, commodity and large-scale farming monopolize marketplaces, and the average age of a nation's farmers increases steadily. We see it in all the places...
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Modern Composting Ideas

Microbes and bacteria haven't changed, but how you approach composting can. There are some great tips for the modern gardener in the new book by Michelle Balz, Composting for a New Generation. Things that will interest both newcomers to building soil with...
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A Peek at Clif Bar’s Corporate Garden

"All the food grown in our garden is organic—a perfect match for our company café, which features fresh-prepared organic meals made with ingredients sourced from regional farms. The organic garden also aligns with who we are as a company. Three-fourths of...
Backyard Beekeeping

8 Interesting Beekeeping Insights

Beekeeping isn't like any other creature one can keep in the backyard or urban garden. Chickens hang around because they know you'll feed them. Bees, while having homebody tendencies, only need you to locate them where there's plenty of pollen and nectar...
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Homemade Hot Sauce: 5 Easy Steps

Using an abundant chili pepper harvest in homemade hot sauce never entered my mind until this year. Normally, the ones from my garden all go into salsa canning. But thanks to the cold, wet summer the tomato harvest was lacking in abundance and quality. So,...
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9 Pieces of Advice for Gardening in Autumn

As the seasons change, and the rusty coloured leaves drop from branches, and an autumnal sunshine fills the air, it signals time to don your wellies and get into the garden before the cold weather fully takes hold. Taking the time to keep on top of...

The Cost-Efficient Geothermal Greenhouse

In a bitterly cold climate, a geothermal greenhouse is the only cost-effective way to grow food all winter long. Most people use water circulation kept warm far below the surface to heat a structure, but there's a little known method that uses only air....

Why is Grow Room Humidity Important?

What exactly is humidity? How does it affect plants? As the controller of grow room humidity, having a keen understanding of what it can do to crop health is vital to your success as a grower. You know those really hot days, when no matter what we do we just can’t...

5 Hot Grow Room Problems

Technology has a big role to play in our indoor gardens. Automated or not, you are using something that involves technology. All lighting used by indoor gardeners is technological in nature. Electrical motors used to pump water or move air, both solid state timers and...

What Are Seeds?

Seeds are amazing storage containers that allow a plant to travel through space and time. Inside each protective casing is a tiny plant held in status until it is exposed to conditions that initiate development and growth, along with some stored energy (endosperm) for...

7 Tips and Helpful Bits on Nutrient Solution Mixology

Nutrient solutions range from straightforward single part feedings to complicated cocktails with recipes that rival those of arcane potion making. Here are 7 tips and helpful bits on nutrient mixology: 1. Start with a plan. Most manufacturers give recommendations for...

The Power of Hydrogen (pH)

The pH scale is used to describe how basic (alkaline) or acidic a solution is. Solutions with a pH below 7 are acidic. Solutions with a pH above 7 are basic, and solutions with a pH of 7 are neutral. A water molecule has 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom (H2O). Water...
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