Originally posted on Porch.com Evan Dunn Raising chickens can bring a slice of country living to your home in the city. Eggs fresh from the hen house are healthier and tastier than store-bought, and you get the satisfaction of knowing you farmed them yourself. Chicken litter—the spilled feed, shed feathers, chicken poop, and organic bedding… Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens in the City
The meat industry produces immense amounts of gas emissions that negatively affect our atmosphere. Methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide are three major livestock emissions that affect our atmosphere (2). According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), “Meat and dairy specifically accounts for around 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.” Reduction in meat… Continue reading 4 Easy Ways to Incorporate More Plant-Based Eating Practices
Do you have compost in your backyard and want to make it even more rich and fertile? The IDEAS Hive interviewed Lorenzo Monduy Jr, the designer and face behind My Community Compost to talk about biochar, composting, and his Gasifier invention. What is biochar? Monduy describes biochar, or black carbon, as an “Electrocarbon sponge to manage carbon across the… Continue reading Biochar 101: How to Enrich Your Compost with Biochar
What is soil amendment? Water, sunlight, and soil – these are a plant’s three basic needs. With the basics, one can begin a garden full of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and more. But, in an effort to lead a more sustainable life, many are looking for ways to advance their garden. After all, if an individual… Continue reading The More You Know: Soil Amendment
How Do Plants Talk? Most people have heard that talking to plants will help them grow, but how do plants communicate with each other? Plants communicate with each other using volatile organic compounds or VOCs. VOCs allow plants to “speak” with other plants and organisms. Plants send out VOCs when they are in danger so… Continue reading Plant Talk: How Plants Communicate
Everyone should have access to fresh food. Sadly, however, in many urban centers across the country, food accessibility is a growing and multifaceted concern. In an effort to combat food scarcity here in Orlando, Fleet Farming, an agricultural movement that turns residential lawns into microfarms, teamed up with community partners to make fresh food a… Continue reading From Food Desert to Food Oasis: USDA Grant Brings Sustainably Grown Produce to the Promise Zone
If 2019 was the year the world woke up to climate change, then 2020 is the year we all should get more acquainted with our waste. Americans are a blithely wasteful lot, producing more than four pounds of trash per person each day. That shakes out to about 267 million tons annually. And 40% of… Continue reading What Type of Composter Are You? Here Are 4 Methods From a Composting Pro.
We’re talking food movements again, local and organics. You want to buy local but, the vendor table at the farmers market doesn’t say that their product is organic. All anyone wants is what they believe is best for them, so where do you go from here? Talking organics can get very messy and confusing, very… Continue reading Local Food and the Lack of Organic Labels
Are your plants growing slow? Are they turning brown or yellow? Unbeknownst to you but your plants may be trying to send you a message about their health. For plants that grow slow where their leaves are either droopy, pale, discolored, yellow, spotted, or brown it may signal a time for an intervention to address and… Continue reading Deficiencies in Your House Plants You Might be Missing!
There are a myriad of different food movements that have secured more popularity over recent years. Dietary solidarity has solidified identities for some, and communities for others. Most popular amongst these, having seen a surge in practice, is consuming little to no meat. Beyond that, veganism and plant based eating. Making dynamic changes to your… Continue reading Going Veg, Staying Intersectional!🌿