The USDA Forest Service provides recreational opportunities for visitors of the Cherokee National Forest. The service has been gearing recreational activities towards a sustainable future. Investments have been made towards sustainability, safety, and meeting the needs of forest visitors. Due to a decreasing budget, there may be some sites that are no longer open or will require maintenance. Many areas that require maintenance and have safety issues will be decommissioned. Some outdated areas on the sites have been updated. User fees are being updated to reflect the changes.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Forest Service is increasingly concerned with the problems associated with long-delayed maintenance and diminishing resources.
  • The Forest Service will be modifying the recreational programs at Cherokee National Forest in order to improve future sustainability.
  • You can inject water into your blast media to make it less abrasive and decrease risk of collateral damage.

“Forest Service managers say they can no longer afford to continue to finance aging facilities, poorly designed trails and underused day-use and camping sites.”

Read more: http://www.clevelandbanner.com/stories/ocoee-sustainable-rec,109719

There are a few different fruits and vegetables being grown right now in the green house demo to see how well it works. It is so they can share information about how to grow their produce even better with other countries that also grow their own food. They aren’t just trying to gain information about how well different fruits and vegetables grow in different environments, they are also testing an sharing new techniques that they are learning along the way.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is a demo greenhouse in Thailand that is growing various produce to test how well it can grow.
  • The different types of fruits and vegetables are all being grown differently to see how well it works compared to being grown in open ground.
  • They are using the demo greenhouse for knowledge, but beyond that they are looking for new growing techniques as well.

“One of the important topics in South East Asia is the switch from growing in the open field to growing hydroponically.”

Read more: https://www.hortidaily.com/article/9197685/various-ways-of-hydroponic-growing-in-tropical-climates/

A Texas A&M student named Broch Saxton has built a vertical hydroponic growhouse. This invention should help people learn to have greater access to quality food. This allows more room for the crops without having to use traditional resources. Saxton has partnered with University Professor Ms. Templin to get a $60,000 grant to build this greenhouse which will help feed students while also being a tool for learning. This is something they envision they could bring to developing countries to help feed many more.

Key Takeaways:

  • Templin and Saxton envisioned a project that could feed Aggie students and staff on campus.
  • Using the grant funds, they purchased towers and a closed-loop watering system that provides nutrition to the plants.
  • The produce harvested by TUFU is distributed by the 12th Can Food Pantry, a student-run program on the Texas A&M campus.

“I want to help people have better access to greater food, all while ingraining hydroponic farming into the university.”

Read more: https://today.tamu.edu/2020/03/10/the-future-of-farming-straight-up/

A sub-company of MBees called 365Dfarms is a start-up that originated in Pune, India. What makes 365Dfarms unique is that it was initially built out of a shipping container. This farm is considered both high-tech and hydroponic, and the ecosystem it contains is closely monitored each day. The farmers harvest crops such as various forms of lettuce. All of the plants grow out of a container, and they are positioned onto their sides in horizontal lines.

Key Takeaways:

  • The high-tech hydroponic farm was built in a shipping container. The container offers a way to provide the crops with a closely managed ecosystem.
  • 365Dfarms is a part of MBees products and services, a start-up based in Pune, India.
  • Their mission is to grow and serve high quality fresh food 365 days a year, spread knowledge of hydroponics and to help implement sustainable hydroponic technology in urban environments.

“The plants, mostly different kinds of lettuce, sprout in grow boxes, and are then transplanted into vertical bars that are lighted by LEDs.”

Read more: https://www.hortidaily.com/article/9198496/have-a-look-at-a-container-farm-in-india/

Chew Jo Han, a former fashion industry professional, created a hydroponic growing system in his office. The small vertical farm used artificial light to grow food. One of this man’s friends took it upon himself to grow an indoor farm as well using balcony and bathroom space to make room for hydroponic plants. Both men found that one road block to growth was the expense of fertilizer. They established CityFarm Malaysia in 2016 to allow for more growth of vertical farming in the country and region.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jayden Koay used his balcony and bathtub for his hydroponic planting system.
  • CityFarm Malaysia was founded in 2016 to make materials available to urban farmers.
  • The company’s sales were impressive, and in 2017 they were invited to join a UN program in Kuala Lumpur.

“the industry was still in its infancy and materials, equipment like hydroponic fertilizers had to be bought from countries like Japan, Singapore, China and Taiwan. And, they were expensive.”

Read more: https://www.hortidaily.com/article/9196727/engineers-believe-vertical-farming-offers-the-answer-to-food-sustainability/

Former air-raid shelters which are tunnels in the community of Clapham in London are using this existing space to farm. These spaces use vertical farming to grow food. The company making these farms is Rising Underground which was created by Steve Dring and Richard Ballard. The farm in Clapham uses 2.5 acres of space and is located deep underground. The space has challenges like lack of light which requires artificial light. This space also has advantages like lack of common pests found in farming.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rising Underground has turned tunnels under Clapham into a vertical farm.
  • The farm uses LED lighting and recycled carpeting to grow greens and herbs.
  • The farm uses hydroponic technology, and hopes to add more crops in the future.

“This managed atmosphere has the potential for some very excessive yield; with a conventional farm, there could also be the potential for a three-year interval for crops.”

Read more: http://thecantonsentinel.com/news/24/london-tunnel-are-turning-into-innovative-farms/

EcoVadis has recently announced the winners of its leadership awards in various areas of sustainability. Recipients include L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, and Henkel, and were recognized at the Sustain Conference. The awards recognize companies that are leaders in the area of sustainability in several different categories, including program leadership and regional performance. They also acknowledge companies that partner with EcoVadis to promote sustainability in general. The companies recognized this year are all leaders in sustainability, and their efforts are reaping great rewards for them.

Key Takeaways:

  • The awards serve to acknowledge and celebrate companies partnering with EcoVadis that are driving progress in sustainability through setting bold, ambitious goals.
  • This year the judges recognized The Estée Lauder Companies for demonstrating excellence in internal stakeholder engagement among applicants from North America.
  • According to the evaluation, highlights of Henkel’s winning program include excellent internal communication, set quantitative targets and goals created jointly with business leaders and more.

“Judges assessed initiatives such as training programs, as well as development program plans and efforts to train and reward suppliers for sustainability and CSR performance.”

Read more: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/groupe-psa-henkel-l-al-121500703.html

There is a hydroponic greenhouse that is on it’s way in Prince Rupert, and it is said to be able to feed 110 people per day. This means that a one hundred families of four will be able to be fed one time per week. The hydroponic greenhouse would aid in the growth of fruits and vegetables better than any other systems that are currently in place. Many vegetables will be grown but the tomatoes will only be attempted.

Key Takeaways:

  • A sustainable hydroponic system will be installed at Rupert Lawn and Garden.
  • The installation will help Prince Rupert provide fresh fruits and vegetables and join their collection of small businesses.
  • The installation will focus on edible fruits and veggies like bok choy and herbs, and even try growing tomatoes.

“Mirau said, if the system can obtain maximum crop yield, 100 families of four will be able to be fed every week in the city.”

Read more: https://www.hortidaily.com/article/9197521/can-bc-hydroponic-greenhouse-to-be-rooted-in-prince-rupert/

Cannabis is an industry that requires a lot of energy and water to sustain the growth of the plants. The plants require quite a bit of water, twice as much water as a grapevine requires. So, companies are trying to find ways to reduce the amount of water used to grow these plants. Some growers are hanging the plants up by their roots in a moist environment to cut down on the amount of water they are using. There are also some methods that are being used to cut down on energy as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • Many growers of cannabis are working to be more sustainable and some have made systems that can reuse up to 97% of the original water used to grow.
  • When cannabis is farmed naturally, it can sequester 20 tons of carbon per year from the atmosphere which will help protect the environment.
  • We are seeing more cannabis growers implement on site composting and recycling operations to help with regards to waste management.

“Sustainable cannabis farming comes down to three main challenges: water usage, energy consumption, and waste management.”

Read more: https://blueandgreentomorrow.com/environment/how-cannabis-companies-work-to-be-more-sustainable/

Superior Fresh runs the country’s largest aquaponics facility, featuring a 6-acre greenhouse and a fish house in which 600,000 Atlantic salmon swim. Aquaponics creates a symbiotic relationship between fish, plants and beneficial bacteria. It’s seen as a sustainable and local solution for a future where resources will be strained. Superior Fresh grows greens that are certified organic, and it feeds its salmon an organic, non-GMO diet. Aquaponics ventures are difficult commercially, however, as evidenced when Pentair shut down its Urban Organics plant last year. Nonetheless, Superior Fresh plans to expand both its greenhouse and fish house.

Key Takeaways:

  • Superior Fresh runs the nation’s, and likely the world’s, largest aquaponics facility, raising vegetables and fish in a way that benefits both.
  • The facility is believe to be producing about 30 times more produce per square foot than traditional organic farming.
  • The farms owners aim to double its size and production this year.

“The farm also constantly monitors and tests water for pathogens, temperature and other crucial factors. It has backup pumps for their backup pumps, and generators powerful enough to keep the whole operation running if the power went out”

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/huge-wisconsin-operation-shows-promise-of-aquaponics/568568462/