Photo Tweets: The Crops of Peru and Bolivia

Tarwi (Lupinus mutabilis), being sold on the street in #Cochabamba #Bolivia. A highland crop. http://t.co/eBekkrQkyU pic.twitter.com/dj0iVXRiae — agroinnovations (@agroinnovations) May 1, 2015 Baked cuy (guinea pig) w/ papa muru huayro: traditional plate of the #Inca capital. Best potato ever. #Peru … Continue reading

Trends in Ag: Consolidated Capital vs. Open Source Innovation

Recently I was interviewed for a CNBC article by Mark Koba entitled “Frankenstates: Winning the Agriculture Tech War.”   In it, Mr. Koba has the following passage taken from our interview: While most tout the progress that technical innovation has … Continue reading

Farm Hack: Fixed-Wing Drones for Farm Monitoring

Over the past several weeks I have been corresponding with Dorn Cox of farmhack.net about the uses of fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), more commonly known as drones, for farm monitoring applications. Most people who follow this topic immediately think … Continue reading

Drought in America: US Cattle Herd at Lowest since 1951

I’ve seen numerous headlines over the past few weeks warning that the U.S. cattleherd is at historic lows.  Most blame drought for the decline, but looking behind the numbers a bit I realized that drought isn’t the full story, though … Continue reading

Arduino Aquaponics in Oakland

Another arduino for aquaponics prototype. The economics of this remains of great interest. Sure the prototypes are expensive; there is a lot of development work going into it. But if the model is open source, development costs should go down exponentially once the platform matures.

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Shipping Containers as Farms? (Updated)

After reading an article on Treehugger, I just learned about a Kickstarter Project that is attempting to modify recycled shipping containers with the tools to grow fruits and vegetables in an urban environment. Is this a good idea?

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The Decline in Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Densities

Article: Declining Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Composition: What is the Evidence? Author: Davis, D.R. Publication: HortScience Vol. 44(1) February 2009 We often hear claims that minerals in both our food supply and our soil have been declining for the past … Continue reading

Permaculture the Schools

The clock is still ticking, and collapse continues unabated. Most are oblivious to the true nature of the progression, what it means, why it’s happening, and most importantly, what we should do about it. But the answer is simple, and … Continue reading

EETA Dominican Republic

For over 25 years, the people at the Experimental Station for Appropriate Technology (EETA) have worked directly with local farmers to develop appropriate technologies. EETA defines appropriate technology as anything that addresses an identified need and can be developed at … Continue reading