Author: Amber

The Many Advantages To Freight Container Farming

It wasn’t too long ago when freight container farming captured the world’s attention. It was more of an upcycling concept, and if memory serves correctly, first came to life in Scandinavia in 2012. The following year, Kate Hoffman brought the style to London with aquaponics in the box and a greenhouse on the roof. Her popup farm, GrowUp Box, was a huge success, and today, it’s a full-fledged commercial aquaponic farm. Several other container farm outfitters also now thrive in North America and Europe. A lot can happen in six years! There are so many advantages to container farming,...

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Can’t Live Without You: Study Finds Symbiotic Relationship Between Plants and Animals

When you think about nature, are plants and animals completely separate? They shouldn’t be because science is discovering we can’t have one without the other. We’re not just talking pollinators; plant species actually depend on different members of the wild kingdom for survival and reproduction. The most recent example comes from a study out of the Mariana Islands. Researchers from the University of California and Iowa State University found that local food availability and the ecosystem are directly impacted by the mutualistic relationship between plants and animals. Here’s why… The rare donne’ sali chili pepper grows wild and exclusively...

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Organic Matter In Soil Boosts Garden Yields

Just how much can adding organic matter to soil affect your harvest? About 22% more food to pick on average, according to a recent study. Not the standard scientific study, mind you. This research team at West Virginia University went about this discovery properly. They knew that a long-term study meant more than just a year or two when it comes to learning what happens over time. That’s important because building soil isn’t quickly achieved. Nature works wonders when left to her own devices. It’s never an instant thing and usually a team effort from start to finish. So,...

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Green Living Inside and Out

There’s a lot more to being green and living a sustainable life than recycling, composting and organizing an occasional carpool. I came across the most stunning home designed to incorporate all the green features one can in an urban location. They call this green living house, “Aquas Perma Solar Firma” – or at least the architects do. They’ve managed to include a vast array of sustainable features into one small city lot just off the Pacific in Sydney, Australia. Chickens live grandly in a shady arbor beneath fruiting vines while greens grow lushly in the most beautiful aquaponics setup....

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Tiger Nuts: Grow Your Own

To the unaware, the new Tiger Nuts superfood sounds so exotic. Surely, it’s another one of those rare plants found in the wilds of some distant, perhaps tropical, country. Not only can you grow your own in about any climate, it’s a weed. A herbicide-resistant superweed whose eradication drives lawn owners and farmers crazy. This resilience, however, is of huge interest as a sustainable food source and health beneficial properties. While you can forage for tiger nuts if you know what to look for, it’s a wiser use of time to grow your own at home. However, if you...

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