Create Community with Fruit

It’s pretty amazing that fruit has the power to create community when presented to the population properly. The same fruit most people walk by and never notice, let alone eat. (Editor’s Note) The most ancient forms of communion among people came through food. Hunters and gatherers banded together for survival, and gatherers became farmers; farming laid the ground for human’s connections to the earth and farms became the first communities. The social exchange of food forms the basis of the culture. Among all the foods, fruit holds a special place as a symbol of bounty. Signifying fertility, beauty, and...

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Create Community with Fruit

It’s pretty amazing that fruit has the power to create community when presented to the population properly. The same fruit most people walk by and never notice, let alone eat. (Editor’s Note) The most ancient forms of communion among people came through food. Hunters and gatherers banded together for survival, and gatherers became farmers; farming laid the ground for human’s connections to the earth and farms became the first communities. The social exchange of food forms the basis of the culture. Among all the foods, fruit holds a special place as a symbol of bounty. Signifying fertility, beauty, and...

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Vertical Farming Market Growth

Amid a flurry of market projection reports released this May, several global vertical farming market reports surfaced among them. It’s a segment of the indoor agriculture industry that has come along way in the past few years. Researchers estimate the global vertical farming  market value was $1.15 billion USD in 2015, and project it reaching $6.31 billion by 2022 based on it’s current growth rate of over 27-30% a year (depending on what group did the report). Compared to other global markets in agriculture that doesn’t sound like much of a market, but it’s growing rapidly. Market value reports and projections...

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Hydroponic Plots for Rent

Some call it a plot, others an allotment, but they’re seasonal and soil-based. Why not have indoor hydroponic plots for rent where land-lacking urbanites with limited space in their homes can grow their own year around? It’s not as crazy an idea as you might first suspect. There’s a company in Tokyo who has been successfully doing this for 2 years. It’s aimed at the casual gardener, that busy professional who though they would love to devote time to growing fresh vegetables at home, do not have the time to take care of a garden on a daily basis....

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How To Care for Mother Plants

Genetically speaking, everyone has a mother. In the horticultural world, being a mom means you either produce seeds sexually, or clones asexually. There are a few different techniques you can use to reproduce plants without needing pollen from the parent plant(s) to produce seeds. The newest, most scientific way to do this is tissue culture. This uses a series of chemical processes to grow a full size plant from a tiny piece of plant tissue, in a test tube. While this method isn’t practical for most gardeners, it is definitely neat! There are two methods any gardener can easily use:...

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