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The Foodwall – Tech is Getting Smarter

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Touch the Soil News #782 (Feature photo courtesy of Foodwall) Our friends from down under are learning about water efficiency and food gardening efficiency using information and technology. Marc Noyce, CEO of Foodwall is from Melbourne, Australia. A city of almost 5 million people, the city has done what other cities around the world do. They pave the world’s most fertile farmland for urban growth. Noyce decided he wanted to make a difference in lowering the barriers to home food gardening and invented what he calls the Foodwall (see photo above). Noyce discovered innovations as relates to watering, automation and physical growing structures that can triple the growing space. The…

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Ag Innovations to Save the World?

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Touch the Soil News #522 Inhabitat http://inhabitat.com/ recently came forth with 7 agricultural innovations that could save the world. While that might be a rather large claim, seeing what they came up with is interesting: 1. Algorithmic Agriculture. Uses algorithms to determine complex planting patterns using diverse crops that improve ecological resilience. 2. Food Forests. Community groups organizing around permaculture principles to create neighborhood food forests for everyone to eat from and work in. 3. Ring Garden. A gigantic garden ring that is solar powered, desalinates water and moves trays of food in a circle for exposure to light and watering at the bottom. 4. Rainwater Harvesting. Mostly from capturing…

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