Archive for the ‘Agriculture’ Category

RIO+20! What is that?

RIO+20. The landscape approach. What is that really? The collaborators UN Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Resources Institute, and Conservation International and many other claims it to be a great amalgamation of “eco-agriculture”, “forest landscape restoration”, “territorial development”, “model forests”, “foodsheds”, “participatory watershed management”, “community-based natural resource management”, “biological corridors”, and many other connected concepts. Lets take a look into what it really is and what it means to the future!.

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What Africa nations can learn from Malawi about coping up with a famine

An African nation Malawi has a good story about how it got back from a terrible famine. Lets take a look at what the rest of the Africa and as a matter of the world should learn from this story.

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Categories: Agriculture, Enterprising

Urban Gardening is now called Cyber-Gardening!!

HORTUS  an enterprising exhibition at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London is set to educate the public about an urban algae farming method that relies on humans and technology.

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Brand New Windowfarms- Vertical Food Gardens

A Food project in Brooklyn, NY by The Windowfarms Project


About this project

If we get $200,000 worth of orders by Dec 7, these gorgeous gardens will be produced in the USA. Please ask a friend to join you in windowfarming. It will help us create more fun, green jobs and a healthy planet.

Kickstarter link to support the project and contact the innovators


Windowfarms let you grow fresh vegetables at home by taking advantage of natural light and climate control indoors. The roots are bathed in nutrients from the sea, preventing food plants from getting root bound (as they do in traditional soil filled containers). You get healthier roots, and fresher, more nutritious vegetables without dirt in small spaces.

By bringing edible gardens into living rooms and kitchens, you learn about where your food comes from while eating the freshest produce available.

We are offering One-Column Windowfarms at a special reduced price to help us meet our production minimums. Normally, our One-Column Windowfarms will cost $119.95, but if you buy on Kickstarter now to help us get started, you will get it for just $99 (plus shipping and handling).

The new Windowfarms systems are made from environmentally friendly plastic and wire. The new design just snaps together, so you can get right to growing. As you can see below, they can either hang from two hooks above your window (left) or stand on their metal base or your sill or floor (right).  Over time, we will come out with many more versions but we love this one so much we are already calling it “the Classic.”


This website is a little different. Here on Kickstarter you can “preorder” a windowfarm. It lets you help us, a small business with a powerful social mission, pay the startup costs of this new manufacturing project. When you select a reward from the options on the right, you are ordering something that is not made yet. Your credit card will be charged for it on Dec 7, once everyone’s orders are in. Then we will take your order along with everyone else’s order and money to the manufacturer and they will make all of them!  Yours will ship to you or your giftee in March.  You will be in the first batch and you will see that that buys you a lot of “street cred” in our community.

HAVE QUESTIONS? Read our Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page in blue.

You don’t have to have a green thumb because windowfarms come with a built in social network online. There are already 22,000 of us around the world who are growing in water bottle windowfarms and we are online! You always have someone to talk to about your plants to share your growing experiences with at Conversations center on identifying the “micro-climate” of your windows and finding a good match amongst the huge varieties of herbs, greens, vegetables, fruits, and medicinals available.  It’s like the Facebook game, Farmville, but tastier!

If you think you want to start easy. Choose a reward that includes nutrients and baby plant delivery of our favorite, well-tested varieties to ensure that you start off with good baby plants and your Windowfarms are always producing fresh herbs, greens, and other edibles.

Holiday Gifts

Our new Windowfarms will not be ready to ship by the holidays, but your giftee’s Windowfarming experience will start on Dec 24. If you tell us you are pre-ordering as a gift, we will send a personalized welcome-to-the community card to your loved one before December 24. The card will include a link to a personalized webpage already set up for his/her windowfarm. Your giftee will be able to begin customizing the page and learning about his/her window’s microclimate. He/she will go through Windowfarms 101 by video. At that point, he can select the plants he wants and start meeting other windowfarmers. By the time the windowfarm arrives, your loved one will be ready to grow for real!!


One-Column Classic Windowfarm $99 + shipping/handling (US & Canada) comes with:

International version does not include timer & pump but does include shipping (see FAQs below)

Four-Column Classic Windowfarm $269 + shipping/handling comes with one special, slightly larger air pump that runs all four columns and one timer. All other parts come with 4X the quantity.

Baby plant and nutrient rewards come at several reward levels. Some are for one shipment, others are for multiple quarterly shipments. Each shipment includes:

– Organic and natural sea-derived nutrients from Botanicare’s Organicare line, enough to last for one or two crops (about 4 months) and a measuring dropper.

– Disposable water testing strips.

– Baby plants, aka “seedlings,” raised by our chef-turned-hydroponic farmer partner, Greg Graft of Grateful Greens. You will have an opportunity to select your plant mix from a variety of fine herbs and salad greens after the campaign closes. Common varieties include: Genovese Basil, a peppery watercress, perfect-caesar romaine, red leaf lettuce, tangy red-veined sorrel, lolla rosa lettuce, arugula, rosemary, thyme, oregano, stevia, mint and much more. We are always trying new varieties.  Seedlings are about 3-4″ tall and their roots are grown in hydroponic root cubes. You just nestle them into the clay pellets and turn your pump timer on! You can harvest from the same plant for 2-4 months depending on the variety.



Time: Windowfarms will ship in March. Bags will ship in January.

One-column Windowfarm: Please add $15 within the continental US, $19 for Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska. International shipping included in the International Reward.

Four-column Windowfarm: Please add $35 within the continental US, $42 for Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska. Not available internationally.

Baby plants and nutrients cannot be shipped internationally because of customs restrictions.  Please see below for all international frequently asked questions.


The pictures of the Windowfarms systems are of prototypes. Small changes to improve your experience will most definitely occur before you receive your Windowfarm! Please contact us if you have questions.

We can feed 10 billion people in the future, If we change our way of growing food.

A new research says we can feed a population of 10 billion for the next century if we can change the way we grow food.


Saffron likely to replace opium poppies as Afghans’ cash crop of choice

Farm fields in Afghanistan which used to produce heroin, are now blossoming Saffron.

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Kenyan farmers beat drought – and then battle pests

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment
A drought-resistant maize variety sits on display outside a retail seed outlet in Machakos, Kenya. ALERTNET/David Njagi

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Thomson Reuters Foundation

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