There's definitely some evidence to suggest that we as a species have lost our footing in the delicate balancing act that is nature. Most people are almost completely disengaged from where their most basic resources of food, energy, and water actually come from, or the processes by which they are harvested...

In a small 4,000 square foot facility in Englewood, a neighborhood on Chicago's south side, FarmedHere was founded. The arugula and basil they grew were delivered to customers in Ziploc bags.
 
That was 3 years ago. Now FarmedHere have opened up a location in a 90,000 square foot warehouse in Bedford Park in southwest Chicago, thus earning FarmedHere the title of America's first and largest organic, indoor, vertical farm.

Need a new place to grow and to get your upcycling fix? Kill two birds with one stone by making a pallet garden. They are easy to make; they look neat; and, pallets are generally free. A lot of places will leave pallets lying in stacks along the side of the road for pick up.

The Bronx recently became a little greener with the construction of a new building known as "Arbor House". The $38 million project situated at 770 East 166th Street features 124 units of affordable housing accompanied by a range of green amendments. 

As the plant that often seems to be the central highlight of the summer gardening season for most folks, everyone wants the biggest and shiniest tomatoes possible. So there are no shortage of tips and tricks out there to develop the size and sheen of tomatoes. But most of these tips and tricks only slightly improve the plant's production...

What if I told you that instead of buying small, exorbitantly priced packages of shiitake mushrooms from the store you could easily grow your own? Well, guess what, I am telling you. And, guess what, it is actually really easy. All you need is...

In summer, when there usually isn't enough rain to forgo watering all together and the heat is testing your plants, there is a temptation to inundate your soil with a constant flow of water. And it seems most give in to this instinct, abiding to daily waterings of their gardens without question. But with a lack of rain comes a need for water conservation. And oddly enough, less watering isn't actually counterintuitive to plant health. Just think about the vegetation outside your garden, most of it flourishes even with the reduced rainfall of summer.

Alright. You've figured out engaging in chemical warfare against the denizens of your garden has the potential to be a most unwise tactic - what with when ALL the bugs are dead, pests reproduce way faster than predators and then you're extra-screwed.

Studies in the past have shown gardening to provide a myriad of benefits, from increasing ones satisfaction with life to simply making people happier. But in case you needed another reason to think gardening is awesome, here's one that could be extra-motivational to get you planting.

Insecticides are substances designed to deter, mitigate, prevent, or utterly decimate insect populations that might otherwise eat and/or damage crops. For millions of years, the job of keeping destructive insects in check was designated to insects of a predatory persuasion. But somewhere between monoculture and industrial agriculture, we turned to synthetic chemicals to do the job. Why? Was it for money? Were we drunk on our technological hubris?

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