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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

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.

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.

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.

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.