Demo Day Wrap-Up: How the CoolBot is Helping Smallholder Farmers in Honduras

Feeding a family on half an acre is tough. But that’s exactly what smallholder farmers in Honduras are struggling to do. Fortunately, there’s help. The Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program, which is a partnership between USAID and Fintrac, partners with private companies to help bring new technologies to smallholder farmers in countries considered “hunger zones,” like Guatemala, Malawi, …

How to Make Six Figures Farming on ⅓ Acre – Advice from Urban Farmer Curtis Stone

The next time you hear someone say that small farms can’t be profitable, tell them (as respectfully as possible, of course) that they have no idea what they’re talking about. Or, at least, that they need to talk with Curtis Stone, aka The Urban Farmer. A touring-musician-turned-urban-farmer, Stone established the Green City Acres farm in Kelowna, British Columbia, in 2010. …

How Two Brothers Scaled Their Hydroponic Lettuce Farm Using a CoolBot

Having grown up on a pig farm, brothers Julian and Jesse Howatt are no strangers to the demands of the farm lifestyle and the reprieve that innovation can bring. In 2013, they started a small indoor lettuce farm in Moncton, New Brunswick. Local by Atta scaled quickly from small experiment with 21 heads of lettuce in Julian’s apartment, to a …

How to Turn a Crawl Space into a DIY Wine Cellar for Less Than $1,000

As any home winemaker knows, temperature and humidity control are crucial. These two elements can make the difference between a bottle that could take top prize at the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition and a bottle of undrinkable acid. IT professional Rob Esau likely didn’t have either of these goals in mind 8 months ago when he started making wine …

Blue Ridge Blooms – Flower Farm Cooler

In 2007, Mandy Hornick and her husband Bob Smith began plans to own a flower farm. They finally found the perfect homestead in 2015 and started Blue Ridge Blooms flower farm and design studio. In their first year, the couple is growing dahlias, snapdragons, lisianthus, amaranthus, zinnias and other varieties – nearly 50 varieties in all. Mandy sells the arrangements …

Cuidado de Post-Cosecha de Vegetales en una Granja

Extraído de un artículo en “Growing for Market” por Ron Khosla Cuando finalmente iniciamos nuestra propia operación de vegetales mixtos en un campo de 77 hectáreas usado anteriormente para maíz, no había árboles, mucho menos un cuarto frío. No pensamos que tendría mayor consecuencia. Después de todo, nuestro propósito era proveer el producto más fresco posible a nuestros miembros de …

Post Harvest Vegetable Care on the Farm

From an article in Growing For Market by Ron When we finally started our own mixed vegetable operation in a 77 acre ex-corn field, there were no trees, much less a walk-in cooler. We didn’t think it would matter much. After all, our goal was to provide the freshest possible produce to our CSA members. We’d wake up early enough …