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Guide to Companion Planting

Companion planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one another.

Companion planting exists to benefit certain plants by giving them pest control, naturally without the need to use chemicals, and in some cases they can give a higher crop yield .

Generally, companion planting is thought of as a small-scale gardening practice, but it can be applied on larger-scale operations. It has been proven that by having a beneficial crop in a nearby field that attracts certain insects away from a neighbouring field that has the main crop can prove very beneficial. This action is called trap cropping.

While companion planting has a long history, the benefits of companion planting have not always been understood. Traditional recommendations, for companion planting have been used by gardeners for a long time, but recent tests are proving scientifically, that they work.

Other ways that companion planting can be beneficial is to plant a crop like any Legumes, on an area where it will feed nitrogen into the soil, then it will not be necessary to use any chemical fertilizers for the next crop.

The African marigold, along with other plants, are  well known for companion planting, as they exude chemicals from their roots or aerial parts that suppress or repel pests and protect neighbouring plants.

Companion planting also exists in a physical way. For example, tall-growing, sun-loving plants may share space with lower-growing, shade-tolerant species, resulting in higher total yields from the land. This is called spatial interaction, and can also yield pest control benefits, for example, the presence of the prickly vines is said to discourage raccoons from ravaging sweet corn.

Another type of companion planting is called Nurse cropping, where tall or dense-canopied plants may protect more vulnerable plants through shading or by providing a windbreak. For example, oats have long been used to help establish alfalfa and other forages by supplanting the more competitive weeds that would otherwise grow in their place. In many instances, nurse cropping is simply another form of physical-spatial interaction.

Beneficial habitats-sometimes called refugia-are another type of companion planting that has received a lot of attention in recent years. The benefit is derived when companion plants provide a good environment for beneficial insects, and other arthropods, especially those predatory and parasitic species that help to keep pest populations in check.

Article written by Valerie Dancer, courtesy of Companion Planting

 

Now that you know about companion planting, learn how to keep your plants warm and extend the growing season: Cold Frames= Warm Plants
What plants do you like to grow together?

DIY: Cold Frames = Warm Plants

Does your growing season seem too short?

Cold frames can be a great way to extend the growing season by allowing you a place to start plants earlier in the spring, or keep them growing longer in the fall. Along with that they may allow you to grow plants and vegetables that normally would not grow in your climate.

 

What is a cold frame?

Think of it as a mini-greenhouse. Like a greenhouse they are built to capture the suns energy and create a warm, humid environment for plants to grow. What separates them from greenhouses is that they are usually much smaller, sometimes portable, and they don’t have an external heat source (outside of the sun).

Your cold frame can be simple to make; as easy as using a few straw bales and some re-cycled windows, or it can be an elaborate, even decorative element in your yard.

We have included some DIY guides on building cold frames to suit all different needs and tastes.

Please share any other tips or ideas you have for building or using cold frames in your garden, we would love to have your share your experience with us.

Happy gardening!


Hot Beds/Cold Frames (building guide and detailed information)

Simple Hay or Straw Bale Construction

Simple Cold Frame with Detailed Plans

Hoop House
Link photo courtesy of Terrie Schweitzer

 

 

Container Gardening: How to Grow Lettuce if You’re Short on Space

Even on a tiny balcony, vegetable gardening is possible through the use of container gardens. Lettuce and other salad greens are ideal for a container garden because they yield more than one-time vegetables such as head lettuce and carrots, they’re easy to grow, don’t require much space and they can be harvested throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Buying seeds

Buying seeds rather than starter plants is best because seeds give you more for your money and are very easy to grow. A packet of lettuce seeds might cost up to $3, but you’ll be able to grow many more lettuce plants than if you spent the $3 on just a couple of plants.

Growing

Growing lettuce from seed is literally as simple as sprinkling seeds in the ground or a pot, covering them up, watering them, and watching them grow. Even a novice gardener can produce large lettuce plants that keep growing new leaves, providing more lettuce than a whole family can eat.

Harvesting

The good news about a container salad garden—if you choose to grow loose-leaf lettuce—is that it’s a cut-and-come-again crop, which means that you can potentially get a couple of salads out of your lettuce before it bolts (goes to seed). Simply cut the outer leaves of your salad greens and let the middle of the plant grow; at the bolting stage, the lettuce will become bitter and won’t taste good, so stop cutting at that point and replant with the extra seeds in the seed packet. Other salad greens like arugula are similar, in that these plants will keep producing until they bolt.

Collecting seeds

Lettuce goes to seed in the summer heat, which causes it to become bitter, but the benefit is that you get to collect the seed. Wait until the flowers on your lettuce plant turn to white fluff, and then collect the seeds. Simply pull the fluff from the plant and the seeds will be at the end of it. Place your seeds in a container or packet, label, and store them in a cool location (storing in the fridge is an option). They’ll be ready to replant in the fall or early spring of the following year, providing seeds for multiple seasons.

 

Ornamentation

Lettuce in the right arrangement and pot can be just as stunning as a container of flowers. There are many varieties of lettuce with wonderful shapes and colours, providing much room for creativity. Green oak leaf lettuce is a fine ornamental choice for its attractive oakleaf-shaped leaves. Other loose-leaf lettuce such as Australian yellowleaf  has a lovely yellowish-green colour where as cracoviensis is dark green with a blush of red. There are many varieties to choose from, providing you with an excellent opportunity to get creative while you grow.
Article by Megan Philipp, courtesy of the Mindful World

Link photo courtesy of anneheathen

 

A Quick Guide to Growing Your Own Food

Many people are beginning to discover the joys of edible gardening, and it is a lot easier than most people think. There are so many good reasons to begin growing your own food and really no reason not to.

There is the satisfaction of eating produce you have grown yourself, and many people swear that home grown fruits and vegetables will taste much better than supermarket produce . Home grown tomatoes and strawberries particularly are said to have a superior flavour and aroma.

You also get to eat the freshest produce possible, one of the many benefits of harvesting food as you need it straight from the garden. It’s a great way to save money and reduce waste in the home and garden, utilising urban space to grow your own food is becoming very popular as one of the best things you can do to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

A productive edible garden can also be a relaxing and visually pleasing space, and is a great way to learn about plants and a healthy and satisfying way to spend more time outdoors, there is always something happening in the edible garden!

It’s also the best way to get kids involved in the garden and give them a better understanding of where food comes from. There are lots of easier jobs that are great for little ones, planting seeds, weeding and of course harvesting favourites like strawberries are all fun ways to teach kids about food and sustainability, and young and old alike learn a great deal even just observing the way the food garden grows and changes through the seasons.

Growing your own food can be one of the most satisfying and pleasurable experiences you can have in the garden and is much easier than most people think. Even those with the smallest of spaces can enjoy growing their own food with a herb garden in containers, even a windowsill is enough space to grow herbs.

Here are 5 great ways to get started:

1. Start your own container garden

This is a great way for those with limited space to begin growing food plants. There are many herbs, vegetables and fruits that grow well in containers. Start out with a mixed planting of herbs such as thyme, rosemary, basil or garlic chives. Or try growing your own strawberries in a pot or hanging basket, strawberries are one of the best fruits to grow in a container.

2. Start a no-dig vegetable garden

Potatoes are one of the best veges to plant in a no-dig garden. This is for those with a little more space, and is the easiest way to begin your vegetable garden. This method reduces the need for weeding, returns organic matter and life to the soil and is the best way to start your own vegetable garden from scratch. You won’t need to dig up your garden bed, and you can grow all kinds of vegetables and fruits in a no-dig bed. Try strawberries, pumpkins, potatoes and beans as these will all establish very well in a no-dig garden. Tips on No dig vegetable gardening…

3. Start your own Worm Farm

Starting your own worm farm is one of the best things you can do if you’d like to begin growing your own food. Worm-farming is a great way to make your home and garden more sustainable, it’s a sustainable way of dealing with organic waste, and an excellent resource for any gardener. A worm farm will take care of your kitchen waste, allowing you to recycle nutrients back into your soil. Your worm farm will also supply you with a steady stream of organic fertiliser and soil conditioner for your garden or pot plants, an invaluable resource for the home gardener! Worming your way into the garden…

4. Plant a fruit tree

Try growing your own native bush tucker, there are so many wonderful bush tucker fruits that are possible to grow yourself. Great native fruits to grow yourself are Davidson’s plum, Lilly Pilly, Lemon Aspen or even a Native Raspberry! Check out our article on Bush Tucker for Beginners.

Or for something more traditional, try growing your own citrus tree. Most citrus will do well in the garden or in a large container, and a common sight in the traditional Australian quarter acre is the familiar and prolific Lemon tree.

Citrus are fairly easy to grow yourself and are one of the best fruit trees for those starting out.

5. Sign up to Seed Savers

Seed Savers is a great not-for-profit organisation dedicated to sharing seeds and knowledge, and preserving our food heritage. This is a great way to find rare and interesting heirloom fruit and vegetable seeds, and one of the best ways to get hands on and learn about growing your own food. You may even find you want to start your own Local Seed Network as a way to connect with other people in your area who are interested in edible gardening. Find out more about Seed Savers here.

Article courtesy of Local Harvest

Link photo courtesy of 10 Downing Street

10 Steps to a Community Garden

1. Organize a meeting of interested people in your community

2. Form a planning committee

  • Choose a well organized person as garden co-ordinator
  • Form additional committees to tackle specific tasks, e.g., funding and resource development, youth   activities, construction and communication.

3. Identify all of your resources

  • Contact local municipal planners about possible sites, as well as horticultural societies and other local sources of information and assistance.

  • Look within your community for people with experience in landscaping and gardening.

4. Approach a sponsor or charge membership duties

5. Choose a site

  • Consider the amount of daily sunshine (vegetables need at least six hours a day), availability of water, and soil testing for possible pollutants.

  • Find out who owns the land.

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6. Develop and prepare the site

7. Organize and prepare the site

  • Members must decide how many plots are available and how they will be assigned. Allow space for storing tools, making compost and don’t forget the pathways between plots!

8. Plan for children

  • Consider creating a special garden just for kids-including them is essential.

9. Determine the rules and put them in writing

  • Will gardeners share tools, meet regularly, handle basic maintenance?

  • Do you need a waiting list for more members?

  • If your group charges dues, how will the money be used?

10. Keep members in touch with each other

  • Form a telephone tree and/or an email list; install a rainproof bulletin board in the garden; have regular celebrations.

Information courtesy of Foodshare

Title photo courtesy of: Ethan Oringel 2008

Article Photo courtesy of: Ginette Jobb 2012

3 Online Tools for Planning Your Garden

Great Tools to help Plan Your Garden

Summer is just around the corner it is time to get in gear for the growing season. These online garden planning tools will help you make the most of your gardening spaces!

1. Garden Planner Online

  • Customize the size, shape, and layout of your garden
  • Add all kinds of features to your space such as patios and fences
  • Let’s you print a list of the plant you chose for shopping convenience

 

2. GrowVeg.com

  • Tailored to meet the needs of people looking to have a farm-table type garden
  • Grid style display blocks off your garden in inches and feet

 

3. Garden Puzzle

  • Different from the others on our list it allows for a head on view (rather than aerial) with custom background you can pick to match your space
  • Geared more toward flowers and shrubs than vegtables

 

 


 

 

Interview with Ron Berezan: The Urban Farmer and Permaculturalist

Ron Berezan is the founder and proprietor of The Urban Farmer and is joined by colleagues from throughout Western Canada in this work. Ron has been an organic gardener for over 30 years and permaculture practioner for over ten years. He is trained in the “Grow Bio-intensive” organic gardening method at Ecology Action in Willits, California, and in Permaculture Design through the Kootenay Permaculture Institute and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Centre. He is a Master Gardener through the Devonian Botanic Gardens in Edmonton Alberta. Ron has taught hundreds of permaculture and organic gardening workshops in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and the Yukon and has consulted on many permaculture and urban agriculture projects throughout the country. He has a close working relationship with the Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation and the Association of Cuban Agricultural Technicians and Foresters in Cuba and regularly takes groups of Canadians to Cuba for educational tours and permaculture internship opportunities.

Ron writes on a variety of permaculture, urban agriculture and organic gardening themes and has been a regular gardening commentator on CBC radio and in a range of newspapers and gardening magazines. (see In the Media). He is the author of the upcoming book,”Down the Garden Path – Cultivating Hope for the Coming Ecological Age.”

(above bio courtesy of the Urban Farmer website)

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1. How did you get interested in urban farming?

I often refer to myself as an “accidental gardener.” My first small farming venture was at the age of 18 while living in a shared house with a bunch of other first year students near the University of Calgary. At the end of the term, I was cleaning out a broom closet and found a bag of long forgotten potatoes, sprouting wildly and smelling a bit funky. My friend wanted to throw them out but I convinced him that we could at least dig a hole, throw them in the gorund and see what happened. When we came back to that house again in September, we had a great harvest of potatoes – free food for hungry university students! From then on, I was hooked.

Through the years, I continued to grow haphazard food gardens, relying on my vague memories of my grand mother’s and my father’s gardens and a whole lot of trial and error (probably more error than not!). As the years went by and I had a family, I became more motivated to see what we could gorw in the urban yards we occupied. One Christmas, my wife gave me the book “How to Grow More Vegetables” by visionary organic gardener John Jeavons and it blew my world apart! I finished that book by the end of Boxing Day and from that day forward I took a far more methodical and technical approach to growing food. I also underwent an awakening of sorts, as the book led me to take a hard look at the global food system – the utter unsustainability of it, and to ask the question – “How are we going to feed ourselves in the years to come?” I became somewhat obsessed (well, according to my wife, utterly obsessed!) with determining how much food could possibly be grown in one city lot. Some 20 years later, I still haven’t reached the upper limits of that equation.


2. Why did you decide to start your own business “the Urban Farmer”?

I had been working in non-profit organizations for many years – good and interesting work, often touching on the same questions of sustainability and social justice that were important to me in my personal life. However, I came to the point where I could no longer take sitting in an office, staring at a screen for most of my days. I also wanted to create something I thought would be useful and worthwhile and something that I would enjoy spending my time and devoting my energies to. I had been sitting on the idea of starting a business that would help people grow food but I had no idea then whether it was a viable one.

At that time, early 2003, the local food movement was just beginning to take off. “Food security” was still a word unknown to most people and urban agriculture was just beginning in Canada though it has been flourishing for decades in other parts of the world (and indeed there was a somewhat forgotten history of it in Canada as well). I quit my job, got some help in developing a business plan and put my vision out there. I was utterly shocked by the response! Clearly there was fertile ground for such a business in Alberta and things took off very quickly for me. I also received scads of media attention and quickly became the “go to guy” for stories relating to urban agriculture in the Edmonton area. With a fairly steep learning curve, the business developed from there.

The name “The Urban Farmer”, by the way, began as a bit of a joke and a nickname given to me by an old timer in my neighbourhood. He saw me out in my gardens while walking by and would say “How is the urban farmer Ron doing tonight?” A few others picked it up and it stuck!

3. What is an “edible garden landscape”?

An “edible landscape” refers to the fact that we can design our surroundings to be beautiful, functional, and productive all at the same time. We don’t have to choose between an ornamental garden and a food garden; they can be wonderfully integrated together! Everyone who has a yard spends time, energy and money maintaining that yard – why not get something concrete back in return?

I really encourage people to move away from thinking of the food garden as the rectangle in the back corner of the back yard. Edible species, annuals and perennials, can be spread throughout the whole yard according to the needs of the plants and our own aesthetic preferences. We can create a beautiful Saskatoon hedge instead of using catoneaster or caragana and have a great harvest of berries. We can use wild strawberries, creeping thymes, oregano and mints as very effective edible ground covers and hardy kiwi or grapes as trellis plants to give shade over a deck. We can create beautifully shaped long sweeping beds in our front yard that integrate annual vegetables like peppers, squash and corn with edible and ornamental flowers grown in positive synergies with each other. There are so many great fruit bearing trees and shrubs that can be integrated into our own yards or in public landscapes as well. The possibilities are endless!

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4. How do you use permaculture to create the edible gardens?

Permaculture is a wonderfully inspiring way of using ecological principles to design sustainable human habitat (including our homes, yards, communities and public spaces). This means that we consider our yards, for example, as a system in which there are a diversity of elements that need to be in proper balance and relationship with each other – just like in an ecosystem. These elements will include the soil, the plants, the built environment, animals (wild and domesticated), water, energy systems and, of course, the people.

So we configure all of these elements so that they are supporting each other rather than working against each other. We use the micro-climates that buildings create to grow the particular plants that might need extra heat or protection from the wind. We might use plants in turn to shade the house in the heat of summer and those plants might also produce food for us or for the chickens that we raise for their eggs. The waste from the chickens goes into our compost which nurtures our soil enabling us to grow healthier and more nutritious fruits or vegetables. We might take our grey from the house and run it outside into a small wetland that adds additional bio-diversity to the yard which helps keep down negative pest populations, etc., etc.

Another concept from permaculture that I am particularly excited about and have been promoting widely, is the ideas of “edible forest gardens.” These are multi-storied plant communities (from fungi in the ground to ground covers to herbaceous perennials, to shrubs and trees) that look and act like forest ecosystems while offering us a tremendous yield of food, medicinal plants, beauty, bio-diversity, carbon sequestration and possibilities such as timber species and plants for bio-fuel. Even in an urban yard we can create a very productive small food forest that has very high levels of production with very low inputs of time or energy.


5. What does it cost in time, energy and resources to begin turning your land into an edible garden?

This is a very interesting question. I am a big fan of getting people involved directly themselves in the transformation of their space into an edible landscape or a permaculture oasis. That way, it will cost them less and they will be more engaged and better aware of the needs of the landscape and their role in it. In many cases, I have worked with families to create a design for their yards (usually costs between $500 – $800 for the design) an then we will hold a workshop and workbee where they can invite all their friends and family to come and learn while participating directly in the transformation of the space. These are great events and it is wonderful to see what can be accomplished in a couple of days with many hands. A bit like the barn-raisings of days gone by, I suppose. I get paid to order people around and make sure things are done right and at the end of the day, this is a very economical option.

This may not be a possible model for everyone, however, and for those who want the work done for them, an edible landscape is comparable in cost to a more traditionally landscaped yard. The most costly items are typically “hardscaped” elements like decks and patios but these can also be greatly reduced by using reclaimed or repurposed materials. Buying fruit trees, berry producing shrubs and edible perennials can also add up in cost but once again this is no more expensive than buying strictly ornamental species, often cheaper in fact. And when you add into the fact that apple trees is going to provide thousands of pounds of apples over its lifetime, edible landscapes are a bargain!


6. What are some simple steps to get started as an urban farmer?

It is very exciting to me to see so many creative urban farming initiatives emerging across Canada these days: people borrowing space from yards in their neighbourhood and growing enough food to sell at the farmers market; commercial greenhouse operations on the tops of city buildings; community gardens and orchards popping up at an exponential rate; school gardens; public permaculture projects; the list goes on and on.

For someone with a desire to get involved in this movement either for personal consumption or in a commercial way, I would say the following: “Start small. Develop some skills. Take some course. Meet other urban farmers. Decide what you really enjoy doing – is it greenhouse gardening? keeping bees? creating food forests? growing vegetables for market? teaching children how to garden? etc. etc. there are many niches out there and I believe that the need and interest is only going to increase as there are more and more pressures placed on our global food system as we are seeing played out before our eyes today.


7. Which aspect of urban farming do you enjoy the most?

While my business has given me the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of activities relating to urban agriculture and permaculture from working with communities to create new gardens and food projects, to teaching countless food gardening and permaculture workshops, to taking now over 160 people to Cuba to see the incredible urban agriculture and organic agriculture movements in that country, I must say that the most satisfying and inspiring work continues to be the design and transformation of spaces into vibrant, productive and beautiful gardens.

I really believe that gardens are a very powerful tool for changing how we connect to the place we live, to the land that we are sustained by, and to the communities that we belong to. To accompany people in the process of creating a vision, a design and then the transformation of their space is really a magical process for me. I also see the transformation occurring as much for the people that are involved as for the landscape itself. When folks are empowered to be able to grow some of their own food, meet some of their own needs, it can really change their lives. I am grateful to be able to share in that process.


8. Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to give to urban farmers just starting out?

You are undertaking important work on the cutting edge. Remember that. Find the niche that is right for you and then go wild with creativity, innovation and experimentation. Enjoy yourself – that is the most seductive marketing technique out there!

 

For any more information on the Urban Farmer you can visit him here.

All pictures by Ron Berezan

Locavore: Sarah Elton Interview on Sustainable and Local Food

1. From a locavore perspective, what would the ideal food system look like?

We need to create sustainable food systems for communities big and small. That will require thinking about where our food comes from and asking how it is grown and what kind of environmental impact it has on the planet. Yes, this will mean a lot of local produce. Instead of buying snap peas flown in from half way around the globe, we should be choosing sustainably produced local alternatives that don’t rely on the global food supply chain that pays no attention whatsoever to environmental impact. The number one priority is to measure the environmental impact of food production and strive to nurture farming systems that cycle nutrients, that conserve water, that use energy efficiently, that don’t allow livestock waste to pollute, that foster biodiversity, that build resilience–these are the systems we need to equip us for the future.

Then the food grown in such a sustainable system also needs to foster economic sustainability–of farmers, of rural communities of cities. And that food must be accessible and affordable to everyone. Local and sustainable food systems are more likely to be able to provide for all of these important things as opposed to the long distance, corporate industrial food chain.

Do we need to build greenhouses to grow bananas here in Canada? No. And it certainly doesn’t mean that every town and city should become self sufficient, growing wheat along the sidewalks.


2. What evidence is there that a locally based food system is becoming more widely accepted? (For example, increase in farmers’ markets?)

It’s obvious that people wherever they live, when they are given a real choice between fresh food that is grown nearby, without the use of pesticides, and long distance food grown by who knows who, who knows where, people gravitate to what they know. For proof of this, all you need to do is look at the rise in farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture schemes, urban farms and all the creative ways regular folk in rural and urban Canada are supporting their local farmers. BMO released a study in August finding that Canadians are willing to pay more to support their local farmers.


3. Many urban Canadians enjoy gardening as a hobby, but how can urban farming become more of an economically viable activity? (considering lack of time and land)

There are many entrepreneurs in Canada today who are trying to figure out how to run urban agriculture businesses–their goal is to produce food in the city and make a profit. I’ve interviewed many urban farmers and while they are often running new businesses, they are doing very well. In fact, the opportunity to make money in urban farming is so great that there have been investors who are putting millions behind this idea of growing food sustainably in cities.


4. Food is wasted at every step in our food supply – how do you think this problem could be solved?

People need to shop better: buy only what they need and then use it all! I use my freezer as a way to avoid waste at the same time as easing my cooking burden. I freeze leftovers for future meals rather than throwing them out. But there are lots of websites out there with tips for how to reduce waste at home.

Individuals aren’t only to blame though. The food industry wastes a lot of food too. There have been initiatives such as Second Harvest that are helping to stop this. But we can help as consumers by not demanding perfect looking apples or bananas or lettuce at the store.


5. How do you think the mentality consumers have towards food can be shifted so we value our food more and waste less?

We need public education along the lines of what happened during the Second World War. There were posters disseminated everywhere saying “Waste Not Want Not!” encouraging people to do their part for the war effort by not wasting their food. My grandmother still chanted this to me decades later. It worked! We should all be doing our part for the climate change and food effort today.

6. Can you discuss some of the critiques or flaws of the local food movement and how these could be addressed?

Local food isn’t good enough for the future. We need sustainable food first. So local must always be paired with sustainable. That needs to be our priority if we want to have a food system that is resilient enough to cope with climate change.


7. Do you have any comments on motherhood as a locavore / urban agriculturalist?

I wouldn’t call myself an urban agriculturalist because the raccoons have won and I can’t grow much here in my garden. However, as a mother who feeds her family mostly local and sustainable food, I feel that I am introducing my kids to healthy eating. We don’t eat processed foods so they are learning to cook from scratch. They are learning to enjoy all sorts of flavours and are learning a healthy lifestyle.


8. How are Canada’s family farmers meeting the challenges inherent in today’s food system?

Organic family farms selling in local foodsheds are providing people the choice to eat locally and sustainably. They are helping to foster a food democracy where we have real control over what we eat. We must support them so they can continue to do this!


9. Which farming innovations have inspired you the most in your travels?

I’m most inspired by the amazing way sustainable food systems help small farmers in the developing world not only to increase their yields but also help them to improve their lives. When farmers sell directly to the consumer, through co-ops and alternative markets, they are able to cut out the middle man, empower themselves and make more money. The benefits go far beyond food. And that’s the magic of food! We’ve seen this same idea applied to urban agriculture in inner city North America. Good food heals so many social ills.


10. Since the term “locavore” was designated word of the year in 2007, what progress has been made in the growth of the locavore movement, and how do you envision the movement developing in the future?

The movement must pair local with sustainable. The two must become inextricably linked. Sustainable is the key to building a food system that can feed our children tomorrow, under the pressures of a growing population and climate change.

Hydroponic Gardening in Your Apartment

This book will teach you how to build a hydroponic system to grow plants, herbs or vegetables in your apartment. Using IKEA components that are cheap to buy and easy to find, anyone can follow the instruction manual and get farming in their apartment fast, efficiently and and for a very low cost.

Check out ELIOOO for more info!

 

What are your thoughts on hyrdoponic sytems for indoor veggie gardens? If you have one or have some thoughts, please share!

If you’re interested in urban farming, permaculture and growing your own food, you should also check out the interview we did with Ron Berezan a while back – The Urban Farmer