Post-Organic Produce: The Future of Indoor Farming?

Newly launched Bowery indoor farm company in Kearny, New Jersey thinks so. A recent rash of press announces their crops as the world’s first “post-organic” produce made possible through Farm OS, their proprietary automation of every aspect of growing from lights to pH and nutrient dosing to environmental control. Being able to have this level of control, to tweak light spectrum, pH, macro and micronutrients, and more to arrive at the sweet spot in sugar levels, flavor, aroma, and even color in indoor crops comes with advances in technology. We’re seeing it in small hydroponic gardening appliances, and other...

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Locally Grown: Saltwater Shrimp Farming Indoors

Is the next big thing in urban farming going to be shrimp farming indoors? Not crayfish. Gourmet Pacific White Shrimp is grown in a sustainable greenhouse and indoor aquaculture systems. Over the past few years indoor shrimp farms are popping up between the coasts and in some of the most unlikely places. Many of these farms are a long, long way from the coast. In fact, the Midwest is a hub of saltwater shrimp farming. Particularly, in agricultural communities in Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. You’ll also find these operations exist in states bordering the Atlantic: Virgina, Maryland, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts....

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Meet Oasis Mini Smart Garden System

Fresh out of the box indoor gardening news… A new smart garden crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter yesterday. The Oasis Mini by Aeroasis is somewhat unique in the hydroponic gardening appliance space. In 2015, Thomas Wollenberger was growing his own in the community garden across campus from his dorm at the University of Florida. But the heat and bugs became made it less than enjoyable. Especially the insects. His crops had pest issues. Indoor gardening captured his attention. Fresh, home grown produce without all the uncontrollable problems. What he learned as he discovered indoor growing paved the way to the founding...

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Should You Recycle Greywater for Plants?

Even if you’re not in an area suffering from deep or prolonged drought, it makes a lot of sense to recycle greywater for plants. Why throw it away if it’s not toxic or potentially harmful? Especially when you pay for it by the gallon from the city water system. After all, while you wouldn’t want to drink it, or bathe in it, plants in the yard can benefit from the water. So, why pay the city to recycle it and sell it to you again? You get multiple uses per gallon, can water the garden during water rationing, and grow...

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Double Fruits & Vegetables = Longer Life

Expert dietary guidelines have it all wrong, despite recently increasing the daily minimums. A new study finds that five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is only half what is needed to live a longer, healthier life. Keeping the grim reaper at bay calls for 10 servings of fruit and veg. Scientists at the Imperial College London say consuming ten 80 gram portions of fruits and vegetables daily could greatly reduce your risk of disease. And less disease, means preventing premature deaths. The research, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology estimates that 7.8 million lives globally could...

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