1. Can LED Advances Help Vertical Farms Take Root?

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    It turns out that the price reductions and efficiency gains we’re hearing about this year for LED technology aren’t just interesting for traditional lighting applications in warehouses, streets, office buildings and so on. They’re helping a very niche area of green tech, vertical farming, take root in cities around the world.

    Vertical farms aren’t just next-generation greenhouses for hobbyists, where the focus on growing vegetables and fruits on buildings rather than fields. A handful of notable startups have started tackling this space far more aggressively  – at least one of which has scored seed funding from Whole Foods.



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    There are three different technologies prevalent among vertical farming startups:

    Hydroponics, which uses a solution to grow crops rather than soil;Aeroponics, where food it grow using air and mist;Aquaponics, which raises vegetation alongside aquatic animals

    “When judging farming for the nutrient-rich foods that will help feed the population boom, success depends on producing calories efficiently,” notes the Clean Edge report. “Vertical farming success may also be measured in terms of kilowatt-hour per grams of fresh produce weight.”

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  2. Earth Day 2014 … Grow a Garden in a Bottle Cap

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    Just in time to celebrate Earth Day 2014 (Tues Aprill 22, 2014) we have created kits that can be used to promote recycling, sustainable gardening and really provide a fun activity for kids of all ages.  We call them CapGardens as these tiny plants are growing in recycled or upcycled caps from water or soda bottles.  They come in all colors and teach that us that we can find other uses for things than normally end up in our landfills.


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    Urbaform is a technology integrator and developer specializing in food production in the urban environment …


    Vertical Farming & more … 

    We believe that the production of food within the urban environment will become a necessity in our future.  New technologies and innovations like vertical farming will drive us to a more sustainable future ….


    DIY Microgreen Kits

    Our microgreen growing kits contain all you need to grow nutritious trays of microgreens for you and your family. Microgreens literally grow before your eyes, your first crop in 7-14 days !!


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  3. Can local food reach mainstream supermarkets?

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    Regional food hubs help meet consumer demand for local food by aggregating products from local farmers. The next step: expanding the supply chain to national retailers.


    The Wallace Center is also reaching out to organizations like the Food Marketing Institute. FMI is a national trade group representing nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies. 

    Mark Baum, FMI’s senior vice president and chief collaboration officer, says: 

    “The retail industry recognizes the broad consumer shift towards fresher foods. We also know that meeting this demand means addressing the challenge of how to pull consistent volumes of safe, locally sourced products through the supply chain. FMI looks forward to exploring how regional food hubs can help our members implement economically viable solutions.” 

    Next week, America’s food hub community gathers in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the National Good Food Network (NGFN) conference. NGFN is a peer-to-peer network of regional food systems practitioners, supporters, and food hub developers across the country that the Wallace Center launched in 2008. Investors, buyers, food hubs, and more will be there to learn, connect, and grow.

    Later this year, NGFN will release a financial benchmarking study of member food hubs with Farm Credit System, a national cooperative of agricultural lenders. The study’s development of sound economic metrics and measures will be another forward step in market-based approaches to a more sustainable food and farm sector. 

    These efforts are important because food hubs are emerging as linchpins of regional food system infrastructure. Growing their market share is essential. Equally important is ensuring the market’s understanding and adoption of “good food” values embedded in demand for local. 

    The Wallace Center and National Good Food Network are bringing together the entrepreneurs, researchers, and partners needed to succeed. We invite you to join us in growing the business of good food. Share Solving Local with your networks, and learn more at foodhub.info.

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    2014 National Food Hub Conference

    The National Good Food Network Food Hub Collaboration’s National Food Hub Conference will be March 26-28 in Raleigh, NC.

    What is a food hub?

    A regional food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

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  4. 5 Reasons The Future Of Argiculture Is Indoors | Visual.ly

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    This infographic comes from the Indoor Agriculture Conference team. It lists the reasons why farming’s future is indoors, and introduces some of the key players in the movement.


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    via https://www.facebook.com/IndoorAgCon

    The 2nd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference unites farmers, entrepreneurs, suppliers, technology geeks, investors, researchers and policy makers in an educational two-day discussion on the status and future of hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic produce farming. Join us to hear leading experts explore the state of the industry, take a walk by cutting-edge technology and innovation displayed in the exhibitor hall, and leverage plentiful networking opportunities throughout the conference! 

    More details at: www.indoor.ag

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  5. Las Vegas is now Live … as in live food !!!

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    Here are the first pictures of our Urbafresh / Cowboy Trail Farms Live Towers that are now on display and use in the Aliante Casino in Las Vegas.  The installation features fresh produce that will be replenished as needed for the chefs as they prepare foods using our “tower to table” freshness for the finest in nutrition and taste.


    Stay tuned … More to come from the emerging gardens in the desert.

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    Cowboy Trail Farm@CowboyTrailFarm

    Organic Edibles LV, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. We grow fresh vegetables and provide food to the needy. Education on growing our own food is our mission


    COWBOY TRAIL FARMS COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE IN LAS VEGASCowboy Trail Farm is now open every Saturday 10am-12pm

    We’ve got great plans for 2014; there will be a focus on promoting natural health plus showing kids that it’s fun to grow and eat healthy food.

    Visit us to see what’s Growing On.

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  6. Seed Bombs for the Seed Library Las Vegas at Maker Faire!

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    See you at the Mini Maker Faire LVCC at Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 5th! Bombs away!
    Have great fun and learn more about the goals and vision of Seed Library Las Vegas!
    Lots of amazing community groups will be collaborating for this wonderful event including but not limited to Diverse City Civitan Metro Arts Council of Southern Nevada Clay Arts Vegas Fan Page Downtown 3RD Farmers Market 

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    A little background:
    refer to



    5 parts dry red clay

    3 parts organic compost

    1 part seed

    1-2 parts water

    Combine the seed and compost. Mix in the clay. Be sure you have completely mixed these ingredients. Gradually add enough water to allow the mixture to stick together. Take a pinch of the finished mixture and roll in the palm of your hand into penny-sized round balls. Place the balls on a tray or some newspaper and dry for 24-48 hours. Scatter your seeds and water or wait for the rain.

    Please note that this is a fun and easy project, but can be a little messy!

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    additional information at 


    Seed bombing or aerial reforestation[1] is a technique of introducing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping compressed bundles of soil containing live vegetation (seed balls). Often, seed bombing projects are done with arid or off-limits (for example, privately owned) land.

    The term “seed grenade” was first used by Liz Christy in 1973 when she started the “Green Guerrillas”.[citation needed] The first seed grenades were made from balloons filled with tomato seeds, and fertilizer.[2] They were tossed over fences onto empty lots in New York City in order to make the neighborhoods look better. It was the start of the guerrilla gardening movement.[citation needed]

    'The earliest records of aerial reforestation date back from 1930. In this period, planes were used to distribute seeds over certain inaccessible mountains in Honolulu after forest fires.[1]

    Seed bombing is also widely used in Africa; where they are put in barren or simply grassy areas. With technology expanding, the contents of a seed bomb are now placed in a biodegradable container and “bombed” grenade-style onto the land. As the sprout grows, the container biodegrades into the soil. The process is usually done as a large-scale project with hundreds dropped in a single area at any one time. Provided enough water, adequate sunlight, and low competition from existing flora and fauna, seed-bombed barren land could be host to new plants in as little as a month.

    In 1987, Lynn Garrison created the Haitian Aerial Reforestation Project (HARP) in which tons of seed would be scattered from specially modified aircraft. The seeds would be encapsulated in an absorbent material. This coating would contain fertilizer, insecticide/animal repellent and, perhaps a few vegetable seeds. Haiti has a bimodal rainy season, with precipitation in spring and fall. The seeds are moistened a few days before the drop, to start germination. Tons of seed can be scattered across areas in the mountains, inaccessible to hand-planting projects.

    Another project idea was to use C-130 aircraft and altering them to drop biodegradable cones filled with fertilizer and saplings over hard-to-access areas.[3]

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  7. Seed Library Las Vegas

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    The mission of the LVCCLD Seed Library is to promote gardening, heirloom seed/plant cultivation, and seed saving and sharing. We are hoping to accomplish this by putting on programming about gardening and seed saving/storing, and by lending out seeds to patrons with the understanding they will do their best to collect the seeds at harvest time to be returned to the seed library to be shared with others.
    See more details at https://www.facebook.com/groups/658398494207746/

    https://www.facebook.com/SeedLibraryLasVegas ;

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    The Seed Library Social Network began as a project in 2011 by creators Devon Grissim, Elan Goldbart, and Andrew Whitman while working for the University of California at Santa Cruz Demeter Seed Saving Project. The project grew after Devon Grissim went to the Seed Library School at Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tuscon, Arizona and met other seed library enthusiasts- including Rebecca Newburn of Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, who now helps moderate our community. SeedLibraries.org boasts a network of members from around the world, many of whom have gone on to start their own libraries. 

    Thank you for taking the time to explore our site! We hope that you will find that we are a very helpful, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic community. We look forward to connecting with you.


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  8. Green by Southwest via @GreenChipsNV www.GreenChips.org

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    Green by Southwest

    Location: Springs Preserve
    Date: 03 Apr 2014 7:30 AM PDT
    Event Information:On Thursday, April 3rd to Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and the Nevada State Museum, USGBC Nevada and Green Chips will host the Green by Southwest Leadership Summit for Community and Chapter Leaders, Chapter Volunteers, and Invited Guests. During this exciting event, attendees will be inspired by distinguished national and internationally known leaders from USGBC and the Green Building movement, gain insight from seasoned national and regional non-profit professionals and leaders, and connect with over 100 fellow Chapter leaders from the Pacific West regions.

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  9. Adopt a Fisherman - help a family restore their livelihood for $250 and have your name or loved one inscribed on the boat.

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    Why Rebuild Camparang?
    The village of Camparang has a very special place in our heart. This is where BKP California founders first established their mini library. This village was visited quite frequently as a child by one of our founders, Carolina Leap. This is her mother’s birthplace, and as a child she has many fond memories of it people. 
    What are we doing to help?
    Our first concern is the welfare of the children, to get them a secured place to live and get them back to school and their regular routine. But in able to achieve that, we must also empower and provide means for the family to restore their livelihood and rebuild their homes. So we are implementing several programs with the help of local NGOs (Non Governmental Organization) in the Philippines as we all entreating the help of corporate sponsors and individuals to gain funds to put the programs in motion.
    What Can YOU Do To Help?
    Please refer to the information below for the programs we are implementing to build a BKP Community in the village of Camparang:

    To adopt a fisherman: www.bkpcalifornia.org

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    Adopt a Fisherman - help a family restore their livelihood for $250 and have your name or loved one inscribed on the boat. To adopt a fisherman:


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  10. AmBAG Glows at Good Morning Club

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    The highlight of the interview was about Josh’s childhood days, when he’s got the famous nickname, “supot/plastic boy” among his classmates. He used a sando plastic bag (red striped) to carry his school supplies and books; he used to ask for at a “tindahan” (mini store). He used to walk 10km a day going to school, with high hopes of acquiring education that would equip him to reach his dreams.

    But his life drastically changed when a distant relative gave him a backpack. That’s the first decent bag he had, which made him feel he belong to the class! It boosted his aspirations in chasing his dreams, and in changing his life. The rest was a humbling history of his quest in the Western World and of his return to his beloved country to pursue greener pastures.


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    SHOP ONLINE ASAP and SECURE your deposit slip to be counted. We need 21 new #teamJosh members or 21 bag sales! Dare to make a difference! 

    Shop at Bag943



    BAG stands for ” Be A Giver”. As a brand, we are dedicated to only offer best quality bags you can reliably use and proud to sport anywhere at any time. As a business, we commit to partner in providing practical solutions to the pressing problems on poverty in relation to education. ” Buy One. Give One.” is our business culture. We’d like our customers to be socially aware and concerned players in our society. For every purchase made, the company gives another bag to a school kid in need.

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About me

“Dream of Mindanao of being independent economically will remain an elusive dream if present Mindanao leaders will always forget to empower the poorest of the poor in Mindanao. This is the reason why armed conflict always flourish in the country’s second biggest island because the mass based are always forgotten” - Beverly Del Valle, urban poor leader in Caraga region.