How to create an urban farm in your Austin backyard

Growing health, fitness and fresh food movements are fueling the rise of urban backyard gardens across the country. As studies identify food as a primary component of disease prevention, people are turning away from commercial, processed and packaged foods, instead working fresh food into their diets. Gardening itself has physical and mental health benefits. The biggest gardening trend of 2018 was the emphasis on food. Large sections of lawn are…

An arts-focused urban farm initiative is coming to Baltimore

A new state initiative will bring an urban farm to a vacant lot in West Baltimore, but instead of growing fruits and vegetables to eat, the focus will be on plants that can be turned into natural dyes for artists, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office announced Wednesday. The inspiration comes from the governor’s trade mission to Asia in 2015, and a 2017 visit by first lady Yumi Hogan to her native…

Ikea wants to help you farm in your house

Ikea doesn’t just want to sell you furniture–it also wants to sell you on sustainable living. And how best to live sustainably than to grow your own food? That’s the idea behind a new line of products the Swedish company is developing with British industrial designer Tom Dixon. Due to be announced in May 2019 and released in Ikea stores in 2021, the products will be focused on making it…

Tilia Press Monarch Butterfly Art Print and Stationery Giveaway

Enter to win gifts for butterfly lovers! If you love Monarch butterflies, you’re going to want to enter this weekend’s giveaway!  Three winners will receive the following art print and stationery from Tilia Press: All products are designed and printed in the USA on recycled papers! To Enter: Please do the following anytime from Friday 11/30 through Sunday 12/2: Go to the Gardening Know How Facebook page. Find the Tilia…

How Women Are Changing Agriculture, Despite a History of Discrimination

Women have been contributing to American agriculture (often invisibly) for centuries. Now, they’re stepping into the profession’s spotlight in a new way. When the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) surveyed more than 3,500 farmers under 40 in 2017, 60 percent of the farmer respondents were women. And in 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census of Agriculture found that 14 percent of principal farm operators were women, a…

Battery Powered Security Cameras: Keeping Gardens Safe from Wildlife and Vandals

Your backyard and garden can seem as much a part of your living space as your living room. So when vandals sneak in without being invited, it really feels like an intrusion. And deer and other wildlife can do significant damage too. If you’d like to keep an eye on who or what is entering your premises, why not consider a battery-powered security camera. This is a great way to…

SANSI Grow Lights: Keeping Your Houseplants Happy Through Winter

Plants don’t need much to be happy, but they do need light. While a bright window or even ambient house lighting is enough for some plants, others need a little more help, especially if you’re gardening indoors in winter or starting seeds early in the spring. You’re going to need to supply extra light to keep them growing full and healthy. SANSI Grow Lights are ideal for this job. To…

10 Ways to Save 10 Minutes Every Day

Parenting Lisa DruxmanNov 20 How would you like to have SIXTY HOURS EXTRA in a year to do whatever you want? All it takes is 10 minutes saved per day. In her book, ‘The Empowered Mama,’ FIT4MOM founder Lisa Druxman already created a list of ideas to help you to make this happen. Make a daily list for your kids Rido/Shutterstock Even before my kids could read, I had a…

How To Easily Grow Your Own Healthy Wheatgrass At Home

Growing your own wheatgrass at home is easy and fun to do! There are a lot of different methods on how you can achieve this, so below we are going to share with you some of our favorites! There are both soil and soil-less methods. Make sure you choose which will work best for you. Before you get started, purchase your wheatgrass seeds. [embedded content][embedded content][embedded content]As you can see,…

Urban farms are becoming budding business enterprises

“Urban farms cropping up all over Richmond are more than backyard gardens on steroids. Joe Jenkins and his wife, Whitney Maier, were growing more organic vegetables in raised beds in their backyard in North Richmond than they could eat, so he started taking some to his job at a restaurant to give to co-workers. The chef there said the arugula was better than what he was getting from vendors and…