Aquaponics and Urban Farming Has Friends in High Places

The interest in eradicating things like food deserts and the size of carbon footprint where food is concerned¬†appears to have busted out of the strictly ‘grassroots’ arena in the U.S. and Canada. It’s not just a local chef or two serving up the goodness grown on the rooftop either. Large urban farms and aquaponics have caught the interest of education and city authorities as an opportunity to do more good than locally grown organic produce. Students at Wellington Secondary School in Nanaimo, British Columbia with a goal to provide their school cafeteria with fresh food, create green space in...

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Cash From Hydroponics Forecast 2013

From urban centers to the suburbs, hydroponic growing becomes more important with each passing year for food production. People’s heightened awareness of factors like what is really in their food from major sources to the need for buying local to reduce the carbon footprint is changing what the public perception and demands. The best market any indoor gardener can find is one that is constant, and high end restaurants are definitely a better customer than large grocery store chains from a business standpoint. Why? Well they tend to be a most discerning client and one who is more concerned...

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Who Owns the Rain?

A few months ago a man in Oregon was jailed for collecting rainwater ‘illegally.’ Being from a state where water is plentiful, this seems beyond insane to me. Rain is a gift much like manna from heaven no matter where on Earth you may live, unless the weather is hellbent on creating monsoon effect. Yet, surprisingly it is illegal to collect rainwater even in small capacities in some places in the United States – even off your own roof. It seems that water rights no matter what form it is made available in belongs to the state, not a...

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Grow Local: Hydroponic Start-up Loans from The U.S.D.A.

Breaking news just hours old could change things dramatically for those who want to grow hydroponic food crops for their local market. If you or someone you know is ready to dive in but just lacks funding, the solution is now available. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of low-interest loans for those who want to supply their community with food that was grown locally. Applicants can receive up to $35,000 in working capital. While this isn’t enough to start up a traditional farm where big tractors and lots of land is required, it is sufficient...

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Get Growing Up A Wall

Indoor gardening in a small space is getting less of a challenge each day. All it ever takes is a great idea to make things happen or change the way we live. Not too long ago, ¬†Beau and Jared at Enlightened Design came up with this concept for interchangeable wall pots that could hold just about anything and hang anywhere. Something compact and versatile that people would find 101 uses for in their home, apartment, office or dorm. You’ll find it as ingenious as we did. Get organized, plant a wall garden or even do both simultaneously. While this...

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