If your garden did well this year, there’s only so much tomato sauce you can make and so many zucchini breads you can freeze before you realize there’s just no way you’re going to be able to eat your garden’s bounty by yourself. Thankfully, there are many of ways to make good use of the surplus. After all, the average American wastes over 20 pounds of food each month – don’t let your overflowing garden add even more to this number!
Recent headlines might make you think twice about sharing seeds in Pennsylvania. Some have warned, "Seed Libraries Outlawed in Pennsylvania." News articles call the state agriculture department zealous regulators, and comments say they're stomping out local food diversity. But the state says these stories are just plain wrong.
Today's featured farmer is the Koru Collaborative, growing in New York. Farmer Teryl Chapel and his team have been busy. They've recently installed several aquaponic and greenwall systems in restaurants and other urban sites. Teryl has this update to share with the Upstart Farmers Community: The roof garden at Page Restaurant. "The 2 edible greenwalls and aquaponic grow [system] I installed for Page Restaurant in Sag Harbor are doing well and being harvested regularly. I have trained a young employee of the restaurant to manage all three systems."
The Harlem Rooftop at the Kennedy Center has a recently installed green wall. "We just planted our first 16 out of 50 towers at the Harlem rooftop site at the Kennedy Center and tied the towers in with our 2 deepwater troughs. For a young aquaponic system, it is doing pretty well in spite of aphid problems. We introduced ladybugs and have been manually washing the plants. The aphids seem to especially favor the Russian Red Kale." Other…
Miniponics, Sustainable fish and plant farm for the living room. This small aquaponics-installation looks good and is eco-friendly. Plants and fish are cultivated together and help each other survive. The Miniponics consists of not much more than a PET-bottle, bamboo and some rope, and provides households or classrooms with fresh, sustainable food. It's a good-looking addition to your living room, balcony or cafe. Furthermore, it can serve as an interactive learning tool with which to teach kids about how their food is produced. During workshops we teach you how the ecosystem operates and how to build a Miniponics.
Aquaponics at Mediamatic Fabriek, Cultivating our own food. Mediamatic Fabriek, Mediamatic’s new location, is situated in the Van Gendthallen, old ship building halls on the Oostenburgereiland east of the center of Amsterdam. They are huge, and are surrounded by, at least for Amsterdam standards, loads of space. This urban playground will be transformed into an eco-friendly oasis for urban agriculture. Right now the Mediamatic team is experimenting with aquaponics. We're sharing our knowledge by organizing workshops that enable you to build your own system at home.
Ride 4 Real Food Interview by Sonya Allin Photos by Monique Kelemen, Sonya Allin and Robin Sutherland September 14th will see the 4th annual Ride4RealFood, a city-to-farm cycling event that enables low-income Torontonians to access healthy, locally grown food. We had a chance ...