September 2017 | Garden Culture Magazine

Do We Really Need Urban Agriculture Regulations?

It’s surprising that the US city with the urbanest farming¬†activity has just recently started the process to create their own urban agriculture¬†regulations. New York City, with its numerous rooftop farms, indoor farms, and vacant lot growing operations began work on a comprehensive urban agriculture plan this summer. Some will see this as a problem, a roadblock with a negative impact on the emerging local food system. However, there are important reasons why serious urban farm businesses might welcome them. It’s not easy being a pioneer in the 21st century. The lack of urban agriculture regulations means that they’re operating...

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Meet Seedo: A Fully Automated Grow Box

Size isn’t everything, and so it is with this new hydroponic and fully automated grow box. For most,¬† Seedo’s appeal will come from it’s sleekly designed cabinet, remote app control, and monitoring, and getting a harvest simply by having one. Just plug it in, add some water and seed, and voila… any crop is perfectly grown for you. But there’s more to it than that. Seedo offers the indoor gardener a totally closed environment. The maker, Seedolabs, promotes this feature as ‘hermetic’ like the jars that protect the contents from whatever fate awaits it if exposed to external conditions....

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Classroom Aquaponics: Kids Gain Healthy Experience

Small hydroponic and aquaponic systems are perfect for use in classrooms, but when it comes to teaching kids what offers both them and the Earth healthier options, aquaponics wins hands down. In terms of easy sustainability, one system can provide them with fruit, vegetable, and protein production. But it also teaches children two methods for growing food; aquaculture and hydroponics. The Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s new Seafood in Schools program launches in 11 US school systems this fall. The non-profit will provide teachers with a grant and supplies to bring tabletop aquaponics systems into the classroom to start educating youngsters...

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Scotland Enters Vertical Farming with Total Automation

Commercial indoor agriculture in the UK is largely based in England and Wales with vertical farming being focused on in London. A situation that changes this fall with the launch of Scotland’s first vertical farm. There are no ZipGrow Towers here. This growing rack system could change everything. Not just in the UK, but globally. The UK’s “first commercially viable” vertical farming system installation at the James Hutton Institute, a world-renown plant science facility near Dundee, is in the final stages of completion. Upon launch, the full-scale trial grow will commence. No overnight wonder, they’ve been working on this...

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Top 4 True Natural Beauty Products

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, and if you don’t want GMOs and chemicals in your food, you certainly do not want to slather yourself with them head to foot! But not all hair care, skin care, and makeups that profess organic or natural benefits are truly natural beauty products. One glance at the ingredients list will tell you that 99% of them use 1-2% natural botanical, herbal, or other plant-based materials to greenwash the largely chemical-based stuff in the container. (Researching each ingredient is eye-opening.) But here are four brands whose products offer our readers...

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