Category Archives: Agriculture
Container gardens are a great way to use a small space to grow your own vegetables. When selecting what crops you will grow, consideration must be given to the amount of space a particular crop will need.
Caleb Philips and Ethan Welty have launched an interactive map last month that identifies more than a half-million locations across the globe where fruits and veggies are free for the taking. The project, dubbed “Falling Fruit“, pinpoints all sorts of tasty trees in public parks, lining city streets and even hanging over fences all over the world.
As big fans of hemp for so many reasons but especially using it for an extremely nutritious food, we are so happy to see this moving forward. Kentucky will be the first state to re-legalize the growing of industrial hemp for the astounding number of uses it can provide; food, paper, clothing, fuel, building materials, even an organic weed control!
We had an opportunity to support a worthy cause recently that helps support the local food pantries of San Luis Obispo County.
GleanSLO is a collaborative program of the San Luis Obispo Food Bank Coalition. Their mission is to rescue (harvest) excess crops that cannot be harvested due to economics or weather conditions. This is a win win situation for everyone involved; the volunteers can create partnerships and create harvesting events to support their community, the farmer’s excess produce goes to good use, and the food banks benefit from receiving the crops so that needy families are supported. The program has recovered about 90,000 pounds of local, fresh produce over the last two years.
One of the great things about growing and using organic crops is not using pesticides and chemicals. In our herb and vegetable garden we try to find alternative ways to control our little hungry pests.
We use natural homemade sprays made with garlic, cayenne, and vinegar. (Basically anything natural with potent aromas that can deter anything with an acute sense of smell.) We also use beneficial insects such as lady bugs for natural pest control.
To attract beneficial insects to your yard and (the hardest part) keep them there, you can also plant certain flowering plants and herbs. Some of these include plants in the daisy family and herbs such as cilantro, dill, fennel, mint and parsley.
So next time you’re gardening, perhaps you can keep these alternative ways of pesticides in mind.
Organic gardening takes time and effort and doing it successfully requires a passion and an investment of time that not every one has. If you are looking to source local ingredients, but don’t have the space, time, or climate to do so successfully, contact local farmers and build relationships that will still save you money on food costs and allow you to make your meals more sustainable. You might also settle on a combination of both methods, like growing herbs that are easy to tend to such as basil or cilantro while sourcing other ingredients that may require more effort and space, at local farmers markets.