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Fish Talk: Diving into aquaponics

(Picture by charlie vinz from chicago – portable fish farm, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7913728) Let’s talk fish. Take my word for it: It may not sound like the most glamorous of topics, but our swimming friends are potential game changers in the world of Personal Urban Farming (PUF). I’ve mentioned aquaponics in the past, but [...]

By |May 11th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Fish Talk: Diving into aquaponics

Beyond the Practical

Independence, efficiency, climate change. I can think of a lot of practical reasons why growing your own food, even if you live in the city, is a smart idea. Despite all of that, many people remain unconvinced. Why? The individuals I have met who are passionate about Personal Urban Farming (PUF) are passionate for more [...]

By |May 4th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Beyond the Practical

Problems in Agriculture – 5: Where Did Your Food Go?

The cold, hard numbers are hard to look at, but people still need to be aware of them. Consumers are losing up to one third of their food from farm to fork to trash bin. Just to crunch some numbers in your head, 24% of the calories that are grown, created, or produced for human [...]

By |April 28th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Problems in Agriculture – 5: Where Did Your Food Go?

Problems in Agriculture – 4: Low Variety

I think that it’s a sad fact that only the most resistant and most transportable vegetables are grown and sold nowadays. That limits the amount of vegetables that people are introduced to, can cook with, and it limits the imagination of those who aren’t quite ready to switch to the healthy lifestyle. If a bigger [...]

By |April 11th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Problems in Agriculture – 4: Low Variety

Problems in Agriculture – 3: Quantity over Quality

It’s no secret that there are problems as to how the current agriculture and food system is set up. One of the most pressing issues, in my opinion, is that we are currently stuck in a loop of eating nutrient-less, tasteless vegetables that are very blatantly less than fresh. Every day, we are eating vegetables [...]

By |April 5th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Problems in Agriculture – 3: Quantity over Quality