Farmscape helps communities embrace urban farming

October 25, 2018 by  
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The majority of the world’s population lives in cities, and thanks to the rising monetary and environmental costs of transporting food to these areas, interest in urban farming has dramatically increased over the past decade. In cities like Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles , it is relatively easy to find food growing in windowsills, on rooftops, in community gardens and even on corporate campuses. Since 2008, Farmscape has helped people, communities and companies across the country embrace sustainable farming practices and local food. Farmscape is the largest urban farming venture in the U.S., and it helps individuals, communities and businesses with their food producing needs by designing, installing and managing raised vegetable beds and gardens in places like residential backyards, building rooftops, multi-acre agrihoods  and commercial properties. Using an organic soil blend and drip irrigation systems, Farmscape has led the urban farm movement by installing more than 700 gardens in California and designing and consulting projects internationally. Related: The LEED Gold-seeking Edible Academy teaches urban farming in NYC Farmscape is a licensed landscape contractor, and according to the company, its setups are 25 percent more cost-effective to run than traditional setups. Another bonus to using Farmscape is that its landscaping can add up to a 28 percent return on investment on property values. Studies also show that homes with lush outdoor areas sell 15 percent faster when they are listed on the real estate market. Corporations like Oracle, North Face, Levi’s Stadium and AT&T Park have famously used Farmscape. Those larger spaces make more produce and fruit easily available to employees, customers and residents. Three small cafes inside of AT&T Park (where the San Francisco Giants play) use the produce grown in a Farmscape garden, which allows the businesses to provide vegan and gluten-free options to people who don’t enjoy “baseball food.” The hydroponic towers near the bullpen sprout berries and greens that different ballpark eateries use for smoothies and salads. The rooftop garden at Levi’s Stadium (where the San Francisco 49ers play) supplies fresh produce to the stadium’s food service vendors. But the Farmscape urban farming venture isn’t just for large corporate clients. It is also perfect for homes, apartment complexes and neighborhoods. Because you don’t have to plant or maintain the farm yourself, you are guaranteed to get a fresh, successful harvest of things like cilantro, arugula, lettuce, parsley and kale each season. Related: 6 urban farms feeding the world Farmscape’s hands-on, local farmers maintain the space each week as part of their contract, but you can also spend some stress-free time outdoors by joining them to do some digging and weeding. People who live in cities are often busy feeding their technology obsession with handheld devices, but Farmscape gives them the opportunity to step outside and work with their neighbors and co-workers to harvest healthy food . However, you don’t have to have any farming or gardening knowledge to find success with Farmscape. Their team takes care of everything from planning to planting to harvest. The setups also include seasonal flowers, herbs and ornamental plants mixed in with the vegetables to give their beds a manicured and attractive look year-round. According to Lara Hermanson, the gardener/farmer who co-founded Farmscape, people love that the gardens look good and also provide fresh, organic food. Being able to harvest your own produce to create a delicious meal — and not having to get your hands dirty (unless you want to, of course) — is an attractive idea for home chefs. Plus, there are mental, emotional and physical benefits to gardening for those who do choose to get involved. Even if it is just a few minutes each day, getting outside can be good for you, and using the food from your garden will lead to a healthier, more plant-based diet. The idea of being able to come home from work and step outside to your garden to pick the ingredients for your salad or picking some fresh fruit for a sweet dessert is an exciting one. Farmscape gives you the option of being surrounded by nature, even if you live in a crowded urban environment. If a Farmscape garden is something that you would like to add to your neighborhood, Hermanson says that is easy to initiate through city councils and homeowners associations. While Farmscape only builds and maintains gardens in California, the team is happy to help design and consult projects around the world. People love the idea of having gardens as landscaping in their neighborhoods, and the benefits of having plenty of healthy food readily available are nearly impossible to turn down. To start Farmscape-ing, visit the website at FarmscapeGardens.com . + Farmscape Images via Farmscape

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Japanese researchers create tasty new banana with a thin edible peel

February 5, 2018 by  
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Researchers in Japan have developed a new banana , which possesses a peel thin enough to eat. According to Quartz , the researchers developed the Mongee Banana using the freeze thaw awakening method – and sell the sweet treat for around $6 a pop. Here’s how freeze thaw awakening works: bananas tend to be cultivated in tropical locations, with temperatures staying around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but D&T Farm keeps their banana trees in temperatures of around negative 76 degrees Fahrenheit before replanting them in 80 degrees Fahrenheit environments. This prompts the bananas to grow rapidly, so the peel doesn’t completely mature and ends up thin, soft, and delicious, according to Quartz. National Geographic explained the fruit “matures before the skin can catch up.” Related: Stop throwing away banana peels – eat them instead HI Kyosyke ! Have you tasted it? Mongee Banana, the most interresting thing about this banana is that you can eat the skin! I'ts only grown in OKAYAMA Perfecture, and they only sell 10 bananas per week. D&T Farm in Okayama. @ffffujiwara pic.twitter.com/jLKj1FCnSx — hapa (@hapahr) January 27, 2018 The company says on the Mongee Banana website the product is not genetically modified , and is pesticide -free. The peel contains extra zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, tryptophan, and sugar – Quartz cited Japanese media as saying the banana actually contains 24.8 grams of sugar, beating a regular banana’s sugar content of around 18 grams. They also cited taste-testers at outlet Rocket News 24 as saying the banana smelled similar to a pineapple and had a tropical taste. Mashable said the edible skin has a lettuce-like texture. Good luck snagging one of these fruits, though. Mongee Bananas are available in tiny, 10-banana batches, and one will run you $6. But Quartz said D&T Farm hopes to expand and is looking for more banana farmers. The banana is Japan’s most popular fruit, although they currently import 99 percent of the bananas they eat. + Mongee Banana Via Quartz , Mashable , and National Geographic Images via Depositphotos and Lotte Löhr on Unsplash

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This amazing tree grows 40 different kinds of fruit

August 30, 2016 by  
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In a magical marriage of art and nature, artist Sam Van Aken has created a living fairytale tree that blooms in multiple colors and produces 40 different kinds of fruit . The Syracuse University professor created the hybridized fruit tree, which grows more than 40 different kinds of stone fruit ranging from cherries and plums to peaches, apricots and almonds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik3l4U_17bI Aken was raised on a farm and he bought an orchard in New York that was in danger of being shut down. In the process he saved many rare varieties of fruit and started experimenting with hybridizing the trees to create his Tree of 40 Fruit . He created the tree by grafting parts of many different kinds of fruit trees onto a single tree. The grafted branches grow to become part of the main tree but produce different fruit, as well as a mosaic of multi-colored blossoms in the spring that are a sight to behold. Related: 7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming your Backyard into a Food Forest “First and foremost I see the tree as an artwork,” Van Aken told Epicurious . “I want the tree to interrupt and transform the everyday. When the tree unexpectedly blossoms in different colors, or you see these different types of fruit hanging from its branches, it not only changes the way you look at it, but it changes the way you perceive [things] in general.” Thus far the artist has grown 16 of these magical trees that are dispersed throughout the country in museums, community centers and private art collections. Van Aken is now working on plans to grow a small orchard of his fantastical trees in New York City. + Tree of 40 Fruit Images via Tree of 40 Fruit

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Incredible daylit house in Vietnam is filled with living trees

August 30, 2016 by  
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The architects at 3 Atelier designed the tranquil home for their uncle and his family. The idea for the house emerged during the construction of another of the firm’s projects located in Di Linh Highland. While selecting materials for the project, the uncle mentioned his desire to move away from the local market, where he sold rubber shoes and clothes. He then commissioned 3 Atelier to design a house that would encourage his kids to play and experience nature. Related: Morphing cubby house gives kids control of play space The new house is located next to a highway, but it manages to provide a tranquil environment with plenty of privacy. The structure is made from a variety of traditional and modern materials that reference the parents’ childhood houses. + 3 Atelier Via Archdaily Photos by Quang Dam

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This Japanese robot-hat will feed you tomatoes while you jog

February 26, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. File under ‘things we never knew we needed’… and are actually pretty sure we still don’t: this robot/hat/backpack contraption by Japanese ketchup kings Kagome will feed you a steady stream of tomatoes while you go for a run. According to the AFP “The Tomatan is a backpack that can be loaded with six mid-sized tomatoes —e nough, say the makers, to power runners through [last] weekend’s Tokyo Marathon.” Because, it turns out, tomatoes are really good at fighting fatigue. The downside? The contraption weighs in at 18lbs, so one might want to consider just packing a banana or two instead. Via Slate Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fruit , kagome , nutrition , nutrition for runners , robot backpack , robto , sustainable food , tokyo marathon , tomato , tomato bot , tomatoes , tomaton , weird robot

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This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

September 23, 2014 by  
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Imagine a comprehensive sampling of every fruit, nut and other crop that is or has ever been grown in California packed into a concentrated and carefully protected site. This seemingly fictional prospect is actually a reality at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Tree Fruit, Nut Crops and Grapes – a 70-acre facility in Davis, California that contains two each of hundreds of these species grown in California’s past or present agriculture industry . Read the rest of This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , California , change , climate , cloning , food , fruit , germplasm , global , grape , nut , repositry , security , warming

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Falling Fruit Guides You to Local Fruit That You Can Forage

August 23, 2014 by  
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It’s harvest season! The trees are overladed with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from trees on publicly accessible land for free? To make things easy, nonprofit Falling Fruit has created a map that guides you to all of the delicious fruit out there just ready for the taking. With over 600,000 locations, there’s bound to be something in your neck of the woods: Read More > Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: falling fruit , falling fruit map , Falling Fruit neighborhood fruit , foraging , foraging for food , foraging for local food , foraging fruit , foraging local food , foraging local fruit , foraging maps , foraging resources , local foraging , local fruit , local produce , public access fruit

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How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer’s Sweetness

August 4, 2014 by  
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It’s the height of the summer harvest season here in the northern hemisphere, and the southern one will see a huge influx of berries and early spring fruits in the very near future, all of which can be enjoyed in the moment and preserved for later. Produce never tastes as good as when it’s naturally in season (and local!), and the fruits or vegetables we preserve at this time of year will taste so much better than the pallid, imported offerings we’ll find at the supermarket over the winter. Juices are summery delights that are incredibly easy to preserve, as they only require a water bath instead of a pressure-canner, so grab some local produce and get canning! Read the rest of How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer’s Sweetness Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canning , citrus , DIY , fruit , fruit juice , grapefruit , home canning , oranges , peaches , preserves , preserving , tomatoes , vegetable juice

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Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

August 4, 2014 by  
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Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit!

July 29, 2014 by  
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In a magical marriage of art and nature, Sam Van Aken has created a living fairytale tree that blooms in multiple colors and produces 40 different kinds of fruit . Artist and Syracuse University art professor Aken created the hybridized fruit tree, which grows more than 40 different kinds of stone fruit ranging from cherries and plums to peaches, apricots and almonds. Read the rest of Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 40 , Art , Artist , BLOOM , blossom , fruit , SAM , syracuse , Tree , university , van aken

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