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Chciago Based Vertical Farm Produces Zero Waste

The Environmental Leader highlights the efforts of FarmedHere, a Chicagoland-based vertical farm, to produces zero organic waste by converting all of its organic waste into compost:

The compost is then used in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture at other urban farms across Chicago.
The urban farming company — FarmedHere says it’s the largest vertical farm in the US — partnered with the Resource Center, a nonprofit environmental education organization, to establish the composting program. The Resource Center picks up the waste, turns it into compost and delivers it to other farms in the city.
Jolanta Hardej, CEO and cofounder of FarmedHere, says the composting program is a “closed-loop arrangement,” like the company’s reuse of water in its aquaponic grow systems.
Through a soil-free process that utilizes vertical farming technology, FarmedHere’s sustainable agriculture operation grows USDA certified organic greens in stacked grow beds, up to six high. Instead of soil, water from tanks of hormone-free tilapia delivers nutrients to the plants through either an aquaponic or aeroponic system. These systems are combined with controlled water pressure, humidity and atmospheric pressure to create optimal growing conditions.
FarmedHere sells its locally grown produce to Chicago grocery stores and restaurants. The company’s products include different types of basil, mint, baby arugula, petite green salad mixes and tomatoes.

 


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Earthworm Farmer’s Bible

According to books world.com, Daniel C. Merrill’s The Earthworm Farmer’s Bible is:

“a must-read for anyone interested in raising earthworms and/or starting an organic garden. In its pages, the reader will learn the difference between standard composting and composting with earthworms. It includes a step-by-step process to convert organic household waste into the magical earth-friendly fertilizers known as earthworm castings-the key component organic horticulture. Plus, it includes a section on how to sell worms and their by-products for a lucrative income.

Disposal of human generated waste is one of the most important environmental issues today and will continue to be in the future. The Earthworm Farmer’s Bible advances the Green Revolution through a fun, income-generating hobby.”

Read more about Daniel C. Merrill Releases ‘The Earthworm Farmer’s Bible’ – BWWBooksWorld by books.broadwayworld.com


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Bloomberg still trying to create the nanny state – in a good way.

English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If the endeavor gets off the ground, all 8 million residents of the most populated city in the United States will have to start putting aside food waste and other organic materials, such as houseplants and eggshells, then package them separately to be picked up by specialized trash collectors.

Compostable waste will have to be differentiated from other garbage and recyclables, and in a few years’ time the city could start imposing fines on those who fail to comply, the paper reported.
Only four months ago, Bloomberg hinted at the program in his State of the City address when he said food waste was “New York City’s final recycling frontier.”
We bury 1.2 million tons of food waste in landfills every year at a cost of nearly $80 per ton,” he said. “That waste can be used as fertilizer or converted to energy at a much lower price. That’s good for the environment and for taxpayers.”
In cities where similar programs are in place, residents are already seeing what good can come. In San Francisco, more than one million tons of organic waste has been collected since the program started 16 years ago, in turn helping the city divert roughly 80 percent of waste that would otherwise be sent to a landfill.
Parts of Staten Island, a borough of New York, already started attempting an organic waste recycling program last April. According to the city’s senior sanitation official, 43 percent of the 3,500 single-family homes have begun participating already. If the program becomes widespread, city officials tell the times they want to start off by offering organ waste containers to around 150,000 single family homes by the end of the year.