First regenerative turkeys in California are from Cream Co.

November 18, 2021 by  
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Regenerative farming is the current zeitgeist in the fight for sustainable farming practices. It provides both a connection with the deep history of land management and a template for sustainable food production for the future. California meat distributor Cream Co. Meats is setting a new standard for the meat that lands on our tables, including California’s first ever regenerative farm-raised turkeys. With Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays in our thoughts, Cream Company has partnered with PT Regenerative Farm to source broad-breasted white turkeys . The date to receive the birds through shipping has passed, but there are still a few pick up dates available if you order by November 22. Turkeys are expected to sell out.  Related: We need to talk about farming, agriculture and emissions This isn’t Cream Co.’s first dive into collaboration with regenerative farms . In fact, it’s been the focus of the company for the past five years. “We source meat and forge partnerships that value quality over quantity, flavor over convenience and transparency at every step,” Cream Co. said. It recognizes that the current practices in mass producing meat is unsustainable. It’s bad for the environment in many ways, including sucking up resources, releasing high levels of methane and stripping the soil.  Cream Co. maintains a focus on transparency as they build relationships with the supply chain on one end and consumers on the other. They work directly with regenerative ranching operations throughout California, Oregon and Washington. They are well-established as a source for providing quality meats across the consumer marketplace. “As the only 100% natural-or-better USDA processor in the metropolitan Bay Area and the largest supplier of sustainable and regenerative meats on the West Coast, Cream Co. is dedicated to revolutionizing a highly commoditized industry by creating new opportunities for people to enjoy meat responsibly,” Cream Co. said. “[We] are invested in every aspect of [our] partners’ operations, from the art of heritage breed and feed selection, through to the logistics of humane slaughter and efficient distribution.” In addition to focusing on progressive land management, Cream Co. sees the value of supporting independent ranchers and ensuring ethical treatment of animals. Investing in the benefits of regenerative ranching allows Cream Co. to provide quality meat to restaurants, markets and butchers. Now, it also directs to the public with the regenerative turkeys this fall season. In support of this mission, Cream Co. has grown to become the largest processor and distributor of sustainable and regenerative meat in California. The meat sourced through Cream Co. is high quality because of the way the ranches are managed. Regenerative farming and ranching is a technique that creates a sustainable ecosystem on each ranch. Take, for example, the turkeys from PT Ranch, which were raised feeding on native grasses . With the needs of the animals and the land naturally supported by regenerative farming techniques, the birds were raised without the need for antibiotics, hormones, GMOs or additives. Plus, they are free range birds so they were not subjected to unsanitary and overcrowded living conditions. “We are excited to partner with PT Ranch, as their focus on soil health is aligned to our values,” said Cream Co.’s Founder Cliff Pollard. “PT Ranch implements rotational multi-species grazing, cover cropping, no-till farming, compost application and agroforestry to sequester carbon in the soil. Healthier soil increases the health of the animals and creates delicious, nutrient-dense food. We want you to feel good about the meat you are consuming, and discover how the choices you make can nourish your family, the environment and our precious West Coast food web.” PT Ranch spans 500-acres a few hours from San Francisco in the Sierra-Nevada foothills. The third generation land is taking new form for first time farmers Emily and Ned Taylor. In their efforts to embrace sustainable farming techniques, they’ve ditched traditional methods in favor of new land management strategies. In order to claim the label of a regenerative farm, the couple works with the Savory Institute to record changes in the soil and overall ecosystem on the farm. They’ve committed to a 10-year study that will verify how the land management is effectively improving the soil and biodiversity on the land.  PT Ranch has earned the certification as an Ecological Outcome Verified Ranch. Land to Market Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) is a breakout classification as the world’s first verified regenerative sourcing solution for meat, dairy, wool and leather. The assessment includes a comprehensive study of soil makeup, the health and development of biodiversity and an evaluation of how the ecosystem functions as a whole.  As regenerative farming and ranching practices continue to take hold, with a focus on the benefits to the land and the animals, products from Cream Co. set a new standard for meat consumption that is healthy without harm to humans or the environment. The mission-driven company is out to prove there is a way to provide nourishing food without harsh impacts on the land.  Via Cream Co. Meats Images via Cream Co. Meats

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Vertical farm building in China feeds 40,000 people

November 18, 2021 by  
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Carlo Ratti Associati have released the design of an office tower in Shenzhen, China whose entire façade will be a vertical hydroponic urban farm. The Jian Mu Tower was designed to fill the last real estate open in Shenzhen’s Central Business District. It was also entered in Chinese supermarket chain Wumart’s building design competition. “Small-scale urban farming is happening in cities all over the world – from Paris to New York to Singapore,” said Carlo Ratti, founding partner of CRA and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Jian Mu Tower, however, takes it to the next level. Such approach has the potential to play a major role in the design of future cities as it engages one of today’s most pressing architectural challenges: how to integrate the natural world into building design. In addition to producing food , the Jian Mu Tower’s farm helps with solar shading – a key issue in tall buildings.” Related: A mini rainforest thrives in the Nanbo Bay Reception Center The tower is 218 meters tall and dedicates 10,000 square meters of its surface to growing space. A vertical farm in such a space could produce an estimated 270,000 kilograms of food per year, which would feed 40,000 people. Cultivation, harvest, sale and consumption of the food is intended to take place all within the same building to cut down on supply chain waste and pollution. The tower will also house offices, a food court and a supermarket. “Jian Mu” is a mythical Chinese tree that reaches to heaven. To reflect the Chinese traditional belief that heaven is round while earth is square, the Jian Mu Tower is designed to slowly morph from a rectangular base to a tubular rounded top. It is full of green spaces that also intended to be beautiful. Outdoor landscaped terraces fed by sustainable irrigation on various levels will hold lychee fruit, water lilies and ferns. Interior gardens will be open to office spaces inside the building. Workers will be able to use a phone app to adjust micro-climates within their offices, which lead on to two-story green spaces created to minimize the need for air conditioning. + Carlo Ratti Associati Images via Carlo Ratti Associati

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Try these hauntingly delicious vegan treats for Halloween

October 21, 2021 by  
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When we see seasonal treats at the grocery store, we remember our childhood memories of munching our way through the holidays. Scouring for vegan options, we might flip the bag over to read the label, then put it back when we find it doesn’t measure up. Instead of scrutinizing every ingredient, make your own deliciously ghoulish treats at home instead. It gives you the power to know what’s in the  recipe  and earns you some bonus parenting points too.  Candy corn This ubiquitous Halloween classic is easier than you think to make at home. With a few ingredient swaps, you can make it vegan too.  This recipe from Cheeky Kitchen at Tablespoon  gives you all the pointers you’ll need. The sweetness comes from brown rice syrup and powdered sugar, while the thickness is created by tapioca flour. Use your favorite food coloring for the candy corn effect.  Another candy corn option by  Chocolate Covered Katie  uses cashew butter as the base.  Related: Enjoy these delicious hot vegan Starbucks drinks this fall Peppermint patties If you pick up your candy at the store, you can find sweet, fruity favorites to meet vegan needs. Popular choices include Airheads, Blowpops, Bottlecaps, Dots, Dum-Dums, Fruit Roll-ups and licorice. But these options are missing a crucial ingredient — chocolate.  To recreate the classics in a vegan way, look to dairy-free chocolate in powder and other forms. For example, this  Healthy New York Peppermint Patties recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie  combines coconut oil with cocoa powder and other ingredients to make a chocolate top and bottom. The filing comes from coconut butter infused with peppermint extract and has earned rave reviews so far.  DIY Crunch bars If you’re inspired by the ever-popular Crunch bar, make a few substitutions from the store-bought version to bring them to the party. This  Mini Crunch Bars with Peanut Butter Shell Drizzle recipe  by Oh She Glows pairs coconut oil and cocoa powder with some other flavors to coat the rice crisp cereal of your choice. The optional drizzle (your favorite nut butter thinned with some sweetener and coconut oil) adds the classic partnership of peanut butter with chocolate. Fudge Sometimes you just want chocolate served with more chocolate. Not only does fudge cater to the craving, but it’s easy to decorate for any occasion , including Halloween. When your fudge is ready, simply adorn squares with googly eyes, apply a jack-o’-lantern face in icing or cut the pieces into ghostly shapes. This  No Cook Fudge recipe by Cookie and Kate  is not only vegan but also includes instructions on how to make your own coconut butter and peanut butter if you desire.  For a variation on the standard flavor, try this  Pumpkin Spice Fudge by Seitan Beats Your Meat . This recipe enhances the chocolate with traditional  plant-based  spices like cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.  Chocolate bark The best thing about chocolate bark is you can use the recipe for nearly every occasion. Crunchy chocolate can be topped with any number of things, all of which can create a holiday vibe. For example, break up some candy canes for a Christmas topping and use dried cranberries on Valentine’s Day.  For Halloween, use this  Easy Chocolate Bark recipe by Cookie and Kate  and use her suggestion to replace the chocolate with a quality dairy-free option. Then top with dried apricots, candied oranges or bits of orange candy. Truffles These little bonbons allow for creativity in spades. Top them with orange sprinkles for a simple option, or add homemade candy corn to each one. The great thing about truffles is they can be a base for any of your favorite flavors. Try these  Pumpkin Peanut Butter Truffles from One Green Planet , which are a ball of sweet peanut buttery goodness infused with pumpkin pie spice and topped with a coconut oil and cocoa powder coating.  Also on One Green Planet, you can find this  Raw Chocolate Coconut Balls  recipe made from, you guessed it, coconut. A touch of coarse salt and a bit of maple syrup round out the flavors. Monster Eyeballs The recipe is  Nightmare-Worthy Bloody Coconut Raspberry Monster Eyeballs , and the result is indeed delightfully terrifying. The same decorating technique can be transferred over to some of the truffle ideas above, so be creative with both your flavors and your toppings.  Caramel Apples No Halloween season should go by without a crunchy, gooey caramel apple in the mix. Whether you prefer a sour apple to contrast the sweet topping or like to layer sweet on sweet for a less bitter option, caramel apples are fun to make, fun to decorate and a delight to eat. Check out this  vegan version from Wendy Irene at One Green Planet  that relies on vegan butter and almond milk rounded out with cane sugar and organic corn syrup. Happy Halloween. May your sweet tooth be hauntingly pacified.  Via Bustle Images via Pexels and Pixabay 

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Best vegan Halloween cocktails for any pumpkin bash

October 8, 2021 by  
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It’s that haunted time of year again. Whether you’re hosting a boo-tiful event (see what we did there?) or are simply looking to challenge yourself in the mixology realm, don’t be spooked by coming up with ghoulish drinks to serve.  The Display Start by setting the chilling mood with the right decorations that also double as ingredients. While creating displays for the table, windows and front door, why not add some haunting messages to the bar? You can create bottle labels at home, order online or pick up at a craft supply store. These fun labels stick right over the existing bottle label, turning your rum into “poison” and your sparkling water into “elixir.”  Related: This distillery helps you make delicious, carbon-negative cocktails Ingredients and Supplies When selecting ingredients for hot or cold drinks, keep your vegan guests in mind by skipping cream-based liqueurs. Most distilled spirit is naturally vegan. Use fruit and vegetable juices and tonic or sparkling water as mixers. Fresh is best, so get the juicer out to squeeze grapefruit, limes, and oranges . You can also pick up bottle pomegranate and cranberry juices at the store. If you want a creamy result, source some coconut or almond milk. When a sweet touch is needed, rely on plant-based agave, a simple syrup made from unprocessed sugar or other sweetener of choice.  For the best presentation, keep a lookout for skull-shaped glasses and an ice mold that forms skulls , skeletons, brains, or ghosts. Test tubes make another delightfully creepy shot-sized serving vessel. Hopped Daiquiri This one comes to us from our friends at Greenbar Distillery who produce USDA-certified organic spirits and a concoction that will fit the mood of the season from the first falling leaf through Thanksgiving dinner. See the Hopped Daiquiri recipe here .  Hot Toddy The hot toddy is more of a technique than a specific recipe. It’s traditionally defined as a combination of hot water , liquor, a sweetener, herbs and spices. Most commonly, hot toddies are made using bourbon, brandy or whiskey, but dark rum is another good choice .  1 cup hot water 1.5 ounces dark liquor .5 ounces fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of honey, to taste You can spice it up with a cinnamon stick , cardamom or star anise if you like.  Prickly Apparition Grab the shaker for a pretty spooky cocktail that includes prickly pear. The flavor can be found in brandy, gin and vodka .  1 ounces prickly pear liqueur 1 ounces vodka (you can use .5 ounces vodka and .5 ounces Triple Sec) 2 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice 1 ounces agave or sugar simple Put all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until it is too cold to hold. Run a lemon rind around the ring of a cocktail glass and dip it in extra fine sugar. Then strain the apparition into the glass. Spooky Halloween Blackberry Grape Punch This versatile recipe can be served to the kids or the adults. In essence, it’s nothing more than fruit and club soda, but the technique makes a beautiful and flavorful drink for everyone to enjoy. For adults, use a different type of glass and add one shot of vodka or white rum. Find the recipe from At the Corner of Happy and Harried here . Pomegranate Ghost Pomegranate juice can be combined with a variety of flavors for a tasty treat. Here’s a simple and quick drink to shake up: 1 ounces lemon vodka .5 ounces triple sec 2 ounces pomegranate juice .5 to 1 ounces simple, depending on taste Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Warm Cranberry Cider There’s nothing cozier than slippers, a warm blanket and a hot beverage in your hands. Of course, you can go with traditional hot cocoa or a cup of herbal tea, but there’s something about cider that is distinctively fall. Buy fresh-pressed apple cider at the farmer’s market or pick up a jug at the store. At home , warm it with your favorite spices such as nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Stir cranberry juice into the mix. Use a combination of ¾ cup of cranberry juice for each one cup of apple cider. For garnish, drop a few cranberries into the hot mug and include a cinnamon stick for aroma and flair. Add one shot of white rum, brandy or vodka if desired. Poison Apple Remember: autumn is about more than gourds and pumpkins. It’s also apple season. Bring the flavor home with this recipe from the DIY Network . Ghastly Margarita For this spin on a classic, make your own infused simple sugar by boiling peppers into the simple syrup. Slice two jalapeno peppers into rings or in half down the middle. Include the seeds for the best flavor. Combine one cup of turbinado, demerara or other unprocessed sugar with ½ cup of water and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the peppers and lightly simmer for around five minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture steep until cool. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and put into a bottle.  1 ounces fresh lime juice 1 ounces Triple Sec .5 to 1 ounces jalapeno simple, depending on taste 2 ounces tequila Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Rim the glass with a turmeric sugar mixture for some extra zest. Shake well and pour over ice. Images via Pexels

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Mini greenhouse grows endless possibilities

October 8, 2021 by  
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Have you ever wanted your own greenhouse ? Maybe you’ve thought about growing an exotic plant like a delicate bonsai or a breathtaking orchid. And maybe you’ve learned that having a greenhouse to grow exotic plants in is a lot of work. Until now. Meet the Plantee, a plug-and-play greenhouse that makes it easy for you to grow even the most exotic plants at home. Put it on a counter and start growing something inside your home. The gadget will control the light, watering, air temperature , airflow and soil moisture to keep your plant healthy and beautiful. It truly does all of the work. Meanwhile, you can check the display and the step-by-step growing guide to look at the real-time data monitoring to see how your plant is doing. Related: Technicolor greenhouse in Tokyo puts on a pulsating light show when plants are touched The Plantee is designed with recyclable anodized aluminum and hardened PMMA glass. All materials used to make Plantee are non-toxic and recyclable. Packaging is also optimized to be small, but durable to create a small carbon footprint. It is made of all paper-based and covered in single-color water-soluble ink. Any type of soil , fertilizer and materials you want to use to grow your plants can be put in the Plantee. This mini greenhouse measures 50 by 45 by 60 centimeters (1’8″ x 1’6″ x 2′). Use it to grow anything you want. All you have to do is enter a new plant profile into the system and the greenhouse will help you grow it. The sensors will detect soil moisture and the internal water pump will water the plant as needed. Meanwhile, the smart intensity technology adjusts the lighting based on what the plant needs. Use the adjustable hose to put the water flow right where you want it. The internal water tank holds enough water to last for weeks. You’ll be notified when it needs a refill. Add an external water tank and your plant will have water for months. Even the temperature and airflow are regulated and monitored. The Plantee can create a tropical environment , if needed, so you can grow a huge variety of plants that were off-limits before. There’s an internal growing volume of 18 gallons, enough room for many types of plants. The plant isn’t trapped in there, either. The Plantee is built for easy access, all you have to do is lift the cover. You can grow: dwarf tomatoes, baby carrots, mini pumpkins , chili peppers, strawberries, herbs , succulents and hothouse flowers. When the greenhouse does all the work, it’s easy. Plantee launched on Kickstarter with a set funding goal, which exceeded within hours of its appearance on the funding website. Plantee’s development plans are going full speed ahead. Soon, this mini greenhouse will be ready to live in your house. + Plantee Innovations Photography by Charlie Jilek

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Don’t Put the Garden to Bed Yet

October 1, 2021 by  
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There is so much work to do in the fall putting the garden to bed… The post Don’t Put the Garden to Bed Yet appeared first on Earth911.

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Episode 278: Talking net zero, an ESG journey

July 30, 2021 by  
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A new campaign launched on Earth Overshoot Day this week focuses on celebrating proven and scalable solutions that should be a central part of the discussion at COP26 this fall.

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A new campaign launched on Earth Overshoot Day this week focuses on celebrating proven and scalable solutions that should be a central part of the discussion at COP26 this fall.

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We’re having a virtual power plant moment

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When distributed energy resources are aggregated, these assets can do more than just help the owners; they can help the entire grid become more resilient by providing new, dispatchable resources to utilities.  

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Regenerative agriculture won’t solve the fashion industry’s pollution problems

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The fashion industry is focusing on crops when it should be focusing on its business model.

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