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​How biomass helps farmers make the most of 'waste wood'

Trees are an important part of any farm. They reduce erosion and flooding, absorb air pollutants, provide habitat for insect-eating birds, and cast shade to help livestock stay cool. They produce crops, too, whether it’s fruit and nuts at an…

Explore the wide and wonderful world of epiphytes

The name “terrestrial epiphytes” doesn’t roll off the tongue, but if you’ve spent any time on Pinterest or home design blogs, you’ve no doubt seen variations of epiphytic plants making the rounds. Found in tropical and temperate regions of the…

This innovative vertical greenhouse in Wyoming is empowering people with disabilities

There’s a narrow, tall glass building in the middle of downtown Jackson, Wyoming, that has changed the face of produce in this wintry town while making a massive social impact. Vertical Harvest is a three-story hydroponic greenhouse that produces roughly…

There's a new apple in town

When you head to the grocery store this December, look for a new shiny red apple in the produce department. This fruit is being rolled out with incredible fanfare and some pretty big promises. According to official marketing materials, the…

Bees back on track after vandals hit hives

The bees are buzzing again at Wild Hill Honey in Sioux City, Iowa. And the company’s honey is back on the shelves at local markets and coffee shops. It’s the new old normal, but for a while, owners Justin and…

Floating dairy farm debuts in the Netherlands

In a town where abandoned indoor water parks are transformed into mushroom farms, an urban agriculture project involving a floating dairy farm doesn’t seem like a stretch. Simply named Floating Farm, the multi-level agricultural hub is now operational in the…

8 quirks of farmers market foods

Life’s peachy when you live near a good farmers market. Seeing foods you don’t often encounter at the grocery store — purple cauliflower, yellow watermelon, Brussels sprouts still on the stalk — is one of the best parts. But even…

Front-yard veggie gardeners declare victory

[embedded content] In a win for gardeners everywhere, a Florida couple who battled the state for six years is enjoying the right to replant a vegetable garden that had brought them joy for years. Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts of…

Beware of yellow jacket nests the size of cars

Most of us know what to do when we spot a giant nest of angry stinging insects. Running is good; inserting a stick to see if anyone’s home is bad. But a warning about the rise of yellow jacket super…

Urban food forest takes root in Atlanta

Cities are often plagued by areas known as food deserts. These are neighborhoods — typically low-income — where residents don’t have access to fresh, healthy foods like whole grains, fresh produce, low-fat dairy and other nutrition-packed selections. They might be…