Issue 40: USA & Canada

Technology In The Garden

Commercial level farms have become a tech-driven industrial behemoth, seemingly without a care for the health of the land or the quality of the food. Pesticides, fungicides, chemical fertilisers, and GMOs are only a symptom of the greater problem: greed and the need to feed billions of people on demand.

In contrast, home gardeners and smaller commercial farms most often use technology to maximise quality. But, of course, quantity is still important.

Sometimes you have to look back to see forwards. Maybe the most exciting technology is not a machine at all, but an idea. In At The Crossroads: To Use or Be Used By Technology? Evan Folds brings another thought-provoking article that makes you question the good, bad and ugly side of technology and where it is taking us.

Garden Culture is happy to welcome Brian Gandy, a veritable wealth of knowledge on all things lighting, with his introductory article My LED Affliction. When it comes to tech in indoor gardens, no product has evolved as quickly as LEDs.

Learning about plants and soil health is fundamental, and as Martyna Krol describes in Go Go Garden Gadgets, tech is an excellent addition to any gardener’s tool kit. Anne Gibson also shares some ingenious Low-Tech Gardening Hacks.

Do you dare use tech in your garden?

In this issue

5 Cool Ways To Add Simple Tech To Your Indoor Garden

Garden technology doesn’t have to be complicated! Here are five cool and easy ways to incorporate tech into your indoor growing ventures.

At The Crossroads: To Use or Be Used By Technology?

Technology can be great, but we have to be careful. Evan Folds examines a critical question: can we use tech to lift humanity? Or will we allow it to use us?

Data-Driven Farming: The Past, Present, and Future

We’ve come a long way when it comes to using technology in agriculture. Sarah Schuette takes a look at the past, present, and future of data-driven farming.

Rosemary: A Culinary Gem and Flavourful Herbal Medicine

You’ve probably cooked with rosemary before, but did you know this culinary herb also packs a medicinal punch? Caroline Rivard gives us the scoop!

Growing Technology: The Evolution of LED Lighting

Brian Gandy knows a lot about LEDs! In this article, he shares his knowledge on grow room lighting and talks about how the best is yet to come.

App Helping Small-Scale Farmers Fight Food Insecurity

Blockchain technology is helping small-scale farms and those struggling with food insecurity in Kenya. Catherine Sherriffs writes about an innovative solution.

POP! Microgreens

Montpelier, Vermont, United States

POP! Microgreens believes the solution to many of our food issues is local sourcing and is helping the community of Montpelier, VT eat fresh year-round.

Lil Green Urban Farm

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Lil Green Urban Farm is hooked on hydroponics, providing families and businesses in Calgary with fresh, locally grown microgreens year-round.

Les Jardins des Lakou

Dunham, Quebec, Canada

Les Jardins des Lakou is a bio-intensive, organic micro-farm that focuses on growing Afro-Caribbean fruits and vegetables.

Assawaga Farm

East Putnam, Connecticut, United States

Assawaga Farm specializes in growing Japanese crops not commonly found in the U.S., such as Mizuna, Komatsuna, and Japanese peppers and eggplants.

Growing Advice: Is pH impHortant?

Is there such thing as “perfect pH” in the garden? In this article, Christopher Sloper talks about indoor growing, pH, and whether or not it even matters.

Keeping It Simple With These Low-Tech Gardening Hacks

Do you need technology for great garden yields? Anne Gibson doesn’t think so! In this article, she connects with nature using a few low-tech gardening hacks.

Garden Gadgets Perfect For Growing in A Controlled Environment And Outdoors

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no doubt that technology can help in the garden. Martyna Krol shares her go-to gadgets for indoor and outdoor growing.

Relationships and Rethinking Profit in Local Food Business

We need to help create a buzz around local food! Alan Creedon shares his experience in helping small-scale farmers reach the people and make a profit.

What Good is a 3D Printer In The Garden?

What’s a 3D printer and do you need one for your garden? In this article, Philip McIntosh introduces us to ways we can incorporate this tech into the grow room.

Medicinal Plants And The Thorny Issue Of Mold

Growing plants can present some challenges; think mites, aphids, thrips, and more. In this article, Dr. Callie Seaman explores the issue of mold in a grow room.

How New Technology is Being Driven by Legal Compliance

Medicinal and recreational cannabis use is becoming more accepted. In this article, Michael Parisi talks about a new and vital industry that is emerging.

Wild Strawberries: Medicinal Weed and Superfood

Did you know there’s more to wild strawberries than meets the eye? Caroline Rivard gives us the scoop on this amazing medicinal weed and superfood.

The Way Of The Future? Project Mineral, Robot Farming And Growing Food

Could robot farming be the way of the future? In this article, Rich Hamilton tells us about Project Mineral and how technology fits into growing food.