The ‘world’s first library farm’

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-08-22T10:43:48-04:0014 July 2022|Agriculture|

Some great things just go together, even if sometimes it takes a while before someone has the idea of trying the combination. That’s what Meg Backus, at the time Northern Onondaga Public Library’s (NOPL) adult programming director and public relations coordinator, proved. Backus saw empty land across the street from the library and pitched the idea of setting up a garden on the library’s land. Soon enough, 40 members were bringing “their own water, seeds, seedlings, and other growing provisions to investigate whether that land could produce.”

  • The food industry profits off of high volumes of cheap, disposable food. Credit: Peter Bond

Reducing the social and environmental impacts of food waste

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-05-17T08:04:47-04:004 January 2022|Agriculture|

Food waste is a problem a growing number of consumers are aware of, but it’s not only about waste at home, but there are also multiple steps in the food chain and waste occurs at every one of them. This piece at Shareable looks at three challenges of the food chain and three apps addressing some aspects of it.

  • Plants sit between two sets of windows in the building’s “double-skin facade.” The interior of the building would also feature other trees and flowers to incorporate nature into its design. Credit: Carlo Ratti Associati

Skyscraper height farms?

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-05-17T08:09:06-04:0014 December 2021|Agriculture|

Most people interested in cities would, I believe, agree that hydroponic farms will very likely be part of the mix of solutions for food cultivated in and around cities. Probably vertical hydroponic farms. Skyscraper height farms, especially ones integrating other amenities like office space, a supermarket and a food court? Now that definitely remains to be seen!

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