Closed-loop Hydroponics: The Urban Answer to Agrihoods

    In the history of urban planning, one of the hallmarks of American society was the advent of the modern suburb. The economic expansion post-World War II saw a mass exodus from traditional urban areas to the seemingly endless expanse of land in the continental US. Neither urban nor rural, suburbs quickly became the new American normal. With the new suburb came a new order to how transportation, schools, communities, housing, and of course, how food distribution was structured. According to the past two…

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Local Food Hub Software Offers Comprehensive Custom-Branded Platform

Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen a huge rise in the awareness in consumers of the importance of supporting local farmers and growers, and an accompanying surge of chefs and restaurants getting on board by buying and preparing more locally grown and produced foods, which has been a big factor in the success of many small farms and markets. But that interest in local food, and the market opportunities it opened up, didn’t happen overnight, in large part…

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Does the Farm to Table Movement Really Help Small Farmers?

With the growing emphasis on serving locally grown and produced food in restaurants, the farm to table movement seems like it would be a big positive influence on small farmers, but is that really the case? If you read any of the inspiring stories of small farmers and food producers that have found the right market for their products, you’d probably be tempted to answer yes, but it’s not an easy question to resolve, and we may end up with…

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One answer to food deserts might be this innovative greenhouse system

A group of environmentally conscious entrepreneurs wants to bring fresh, local, organic food to backyards and communities around the world, and they’re doing it with a specially designed greenhouse system described as a “self-contained, year-round, all-natural grocery store.” The lifePOD system is a moveable greenhouse structure with a full array of complementary growing technologies that allows for hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic growing, and can be used year-round to produce local food in quantities to feed many people, especially those in…

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Vegswap Has the Answer for Any Over-abundance of Garden Vegetables

Every gardener or green-thumber has had the thrill of growing their own vegetables. Along with that thrill comes the question of: what do I do with all this leftover zucchini and tomatoes? Well, in the UK, there is a collaborative solution to the problem. It’s called Vegswap.

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Paul Polak & Team Crowdfund To Bring Solar Pumps to Low-Income Farmers

Paul Polak, an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur who wants to eradicate poverty using business and technology. He is the author of the book Out of Poverty and founded International Development Enterprises, an NGO that ended poverty for 17 million people. Now, Paul and his team is working on empowering low-income farmers with reliable irrigation systems.

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How Surfing for Change is Helping Save Surf Ecosystems and Communities

Kyle Thiermann is a professional surfer and journalist, who travels around the world to surf. While on his travels Kyle saw communities in distress and was disturbed by the fact that he did nothing more than surfing to help the communities. Along the way Kyle realized that the survival of the sport that he loved so much depended heavily of the prosperity of the ecosystem and the locals. He became a stakeholder to help some of the biggest issues they were facing.

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