Plant Patents, Food Sovereignty & Seed Diversity

Concerned about pesticides, chemicals, and GMOs on your plate? Time to broaden your awareness of what’s happening in the world of seed that produces food. While everyone focuses on genetically modified crops and ingredients – food sovereignty and seed diversity is disappearing. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? You’re being relieved of greater food freedoms. Your right This article written by Amber Fields is republished here from UK Issue 7 of Garden Culture Magazine. It originally appeared under the title, Seed Diversity & Food Sovereignty. to grow food without purchasing or seeking permission, to save seeds from your garden, is in...

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Build An Urban Garden Room

A winner of the 2016 Chart Art Fair Architecture competition, the urban garden room display caught a lot of attention late last summer. The structure didn’t attract just gardeners and local food fans. Fair attendees with diverse interests loved the experience of relaxing in a cocoon of live plants. The aromas of herbs and bright colored vegetables and flowers was a big hit. After sunset, the garden-wrapped pod became a social spot. After the fair, the collaborative Growroom pavilion exhibition was moved to the Space10 future-living lab in Copenhagen. It continued to draw interest in its new location. Recently, the...

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Chinampas: Urban Farming In Mexico City

They’ve been there since long before the day Cortes got his first glimpse the Aztec Empire in 1519. The chinampas have come full circle, from feeding the city’s population to ruin, and finally, restoration brings urban farming and local food back to Mexico City. It’s been a long, bumpy ride. The worst of which appears to have taken place in more recent years. According to historical accounts, the beauty of the huge Aztec city with a population of 5-6 million took the conquistadors’ breath away. These first to arrive later wrote that its breadth and shimmering canals made the...

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Organic Farm Contest: Winner Takes All

No gimmick. This is for real. Someone is going to be the lucky winner of a small organic farm in central North Carolina. What would you do with 13 acres of land? If you’ve got the right qualifications, outlook, and goals, the current owner wants you to take over from here. The area around this USDA certified organic farm is beautiful, rolling, partially forested, and rural. But it’s sitting in a sweet spot for marketing locally grown produce, herbs, eggs, and added value products. Bluebird Hill Farm is only an hour from Winston-Salem/Greensboro and Raleigh/Durham. It’s also only 2...

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Make Your Own Organic Soil Mix

Soil is like water. Both sustain life as we know it, yet they are so omnipresent that we take them for granted. And due to both their importance and complexity, the limitations of language cannot do them justice. The soil is under our feet at all times, and can also be purchased in a bag at the hardware store. Soil is the primary basis by which we grow food, and the same field can also be subjected to the littering of our poisons. But beyond it all, the soil may very well be the most important substance on Earth. Soil creates and sustains all of life. Soil allows...

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