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Meet Able™: The Farm Planning Software That Will Free You From Spreadsheets Forever

Posted by Amy Storey on May 26, 2016 10:44:46 AM

Today, farmers drop the spreadsheets and get back to farming.   

 

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Topics: Industry

Edible Learning Lab: The 3 Things You Need to Start a School Garden

Posted by Amy Storey on May 25, 2016 2:19:27 PM

You might not expect to find a garden in an old basement music room in Buffalo, Wyoming. Nevertheless, the wood paneled walls are lined with vertical gardens, LED lights hang from pulleys, and raised beds fill the room with green. In beanbag chairs, elementary aged students lounge, raising hands and calling out questions as they’re walked through the agenda for the day.

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Topics: In the Classroom

7 Facts That Will Make You Rethink the "Sterility" of Hydroponics

Posted by Sarah Taber, DPM on May 13, 2016 3:26:31 PM

*Warning! This post gets a bit technical. We chose not to simplify the language too much because we didn’t want to compromise any of the rich scientific research that Sarah Taber conducted. Exploring facts behind an argument such as the one against organic hydroponics requires some technical detail. If you have questions, please leave them in the comments!

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Fresno EOC: Experiential Learning in the Food Basket of the World

Posted by Amy Storey on May 13, 2016 11:07:58 AM

In Fresno this year, a food- and construction-focused program gives youth ages 18 to 25 living on the street the opportunity to learn practical skills and earn a high school diploma.

  T he Food Initiatives at Fresno EOC is a program that acts as a second chance program for youth that have been incarcerated or gone through a hardship that makes the typical high school path difficult for them.  
 
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Topics: Upstart Farmers

3 Things Every Successful Farmer Does

Posted by Amy Storey on May 10, 2016 5:17:16 PM

 

"The future of food will be defined by small farmers." - Nate Storey, PhD


We're living in a food economy ripe for disruption. Big Ag can't deliver the quality of produce or the transparency of interactions that small farmers can, and that's something motivated modern farmers can get excited about.
 
The successful farmer takes advantage of this by doing three things.
 
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Topics: Upstart Farmers

Indoor Agriculture is Exploding: Now's the Time to Start an Indoor Farm

Posted by Amy Storey on May 9, 2016 3:54:38 PM

April 2016 marked the 4th Annual Indoor Ag Con in Las Vegas, NV. 

In addition to a great meeting of Upstart Farmers, we got a very insightful look at all parts of the indoor agriculture industry, how far it’s come in the last year, and where it’s headed.

One thing is certain...

Indoor ag is exploding.

There are more people than ever getting into the indoor agriculture industry.

Why?

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Harvesting Basil for Higher Yield and Longer Shelf Life

Posted by Amy Storey on May 5, 2016 8:55:38 AM

Who doesn't love basil?

Basil is a well-loved crop in almost every community. It can be sweet, savory, peppery, tangy, and it smells amazing. There are dozens of varieties, from spicy bush basil, to lemon basil, to Thai basil. It's been used some way in almost every place in the world.

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Topics: Plant Science

Flushing Hydroponic Systems: Nutrient Imbalance, Waste, and An Alternative Solution

Posted by Amy Storey on May 3, 2016 9:39:53 AM

Is flushing  hydroponic systems wasteful?

We recommend that hydroponic growers flush their systems every month to every few months, depending on the type of system they’re running. But why? We’re also fans of recirculating system because it conserves water and nutrients, so it seems counterintuitive to dump gallons of nutrient solution every few months.

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Topics: Hydroponics

Can Grow Lights Burn My Plants?

Posted by Amy Storey on Apr 27, 2016 2:28:52 PM

Light is a crucial factor to growing crops, but it can also introduce some issues. One of those potential issues is burning.

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Topics: Indoor Growing

How Far Should My Lights Be From My Seedlings?

Posted by Amy Storey on Apr 22, 2016 11:05:39 AM

How far should my lights be from my seedlings?

Light intensity is important to moving seedlings through germination to transplant quickly and consistently. How far lights should be from seedlings is one of the most common questions that we get from new and experienced growers alike.

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Topics: Indoor Growing

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