Will Technology Make Community Gardens Obsolete?

With each passing month, a new indoor gardening gizmo or system leaps into existence, a vacant lot or rooftop farm is born, or an indoor agriculture operation starts its inaugural hydroponic crop. One might wonder what will become of community gardens with all the personal agriculture options out there today, along with food banks, soup kitchens, and charities joining the commercial urban farms in growing food in an environment that give complete control of the harvest. While technology has made growing an abundance of local food more possible than in the past, it’s unlikely it will displace community gardens....

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Meet LeGrow Smart Garden System

An indoor meadow… amazing! That’s my first glimpse of new smart garden system LeGrow pictured above. Meadow plants thriving in the depth of winter, or that downtown apartment? Here’s a modular indoor garden designed to let you do that and more. LeGrow isn’t a hydroponic system, and while you can grow lettuces and herbs in it, the makers show it growing ornamental plants. Nothing wrong with that. Flowers and greenery are food for the spirit, mentally healing in ways that boost social and physical health. A smart garden need not be high-tech and app-controllable. Homes and workplaces seal out...

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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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