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Monday, 12 August 2013 05:01

Business Goes Vertical at Green Spirit Farms

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Michigan's Green Spirit Farms is up and underway, and enjoying well-deserved success. An offshoot of Fountainhead Engineering LTD, the farm is producing lettuce, basil, spinach, kale, arugula, peppers, tomatoes, stevia, strawberries, and brussel sprouts for local restaurants and supermarkets in addition to a farmer's market, which they host themselves.


Watch out rooftop green spaces, there is a new hydroponic garden in town. Designers in Spain have one upped even the craftiest hydroponic growers today by installing soiless gardens atop city buses. Buses in Girona, Spain are sporting the new look, replete with succulents, mosses and ornamental grasses, as a prototype that could soon replace their normal roofs. Marc Granan, the landscape designer responsible for the project, brought the idea to life as a response to the lack of green areas within most major metropolises.

 

The site of an abandoned factory in Mantua, New Jersey is being given a fresh start as a hydroponic farming project after having been neglected for nearly two decades. The withered structure was demolished this week to make room for six greenhouses on the 13-acre site.

Friday, 02 August 2013 13:24

Aquaponic Farmers To Meet Up This September

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Aquaponic growers, don’t miss out on your opportunity to mingle with other hydroponic farmers in your field. The National Aquaponics Association will be hosting their annual conference at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort this year in Tuscon, Arizona from September 20th to 22nd.

 

Understanding plant nutrition is the most difficult part of growing hydroponic crops. Just like health gurus say "You are what you eat", the same concept applies to a well-nourished plant. The type of nutrients you use to sustain your crop as well their quantity, quality and frequency in which they are applied will all factor into the outcome of your yield.

 

Green City Growers Cooperative, which opened in Cleveland in late 2012, is realizing its goal as a local, fresh food provider for low income residents. The facility is the largest food production greenhouse in the United States within a core urban area and enjoys a whooping 3.25 acres of hydroponic growing area. That translates into a millions of heads of lettuce per year, not to mention 300 pounds of various herbs, all distributed within a 50-mile radius to local grocers and food service operators.

 

New York City's reputation as a haven for what's new and trendy has been inspiring those who call the city home for decades, driving their creative process and mothering a plethora of subcultures. This phenomenon doesn't limit itself to genre however and the city's farming community is proof. That's right, there are farmers in New York City. Entrepreneurs with a sustainable outlook and passion for fresh, local produce are turning New York's endless high rise rooftops into a veritable paradise of hydroponic greenhouses while in the process creating a subculture of proud urban farmers.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:22

PepsiCo's Naked Juice Not So Natural After All

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PepsiCo is in hot water again and this time it's for making false claims. The company's line of fresh juices called "Naked Juice" have been through a lawsuit and back, costing the soda manufacturer $9 million in damages. The beverage was brought to court after Pepsi labelled the drink "natural" despite third-party testing revealing otherwise.

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