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IKEA – Focusing on Urban Farming for City Folk

Touch the Soil News #1193 (Feature photo – IKEA – CCA 3.0 Unported) Dezeen Magazine reports that international retailer IKEA is working on models for growing food plants in urban environments. The plan is to explore the difference between natural and technology-driven approaches to farming. IKEA is a Swedish company that retails household goods around the world. IKEA has approximately 420 stores in 49 different countries around the world. IKEA employs approximately 195,000 people worldwide. You can read the full story here: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/11/29/ikea-tom-dixon-urban-farming-gardens/ IKEA is teaming up with Tom Dixon Design to explore how gardening will save the world. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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The Foodwall – Tech is Getting Smarter

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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Do You Have a Yard to Raise Food? If So, Here is Why You Are Lucky

Touch the Soil News #374 Years ago in England, it was incumbent upon local governments to provide a place for the citizenry to raise food. Called an allotment garden, the need is still real. The city of Gloucester (population of 125,000) has recently been in the news about its allotment gardens. The city has 12 allotment garden providing 846 garden plots, but they have a waiting list of about 550 people waiting for a plot. The Gloucester Citizen (a local paper ) has reported on Local resident Graham Snelling (age 68). Snelling is a retired podiatrist who had to retire early after suffering three heart attacks. His own place is…

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