Anne Belott

Maximizing Yield with Vertical Spaces

Organic hydroponic vegetables Vertical garden

According to the United Nations, the amount of arable land per person has decreased from about one acre per person in 1970 to approximately half an acre in 2000; that number is expected to be roughly one-third an acre by 2050. The U.N. also estimates that the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Given that, we need to explore our options with regards to food production, especially in […]

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Small Scale Composting

Compost pile with daisies

Organic waste comprises an estimated 20-40% of the solid waste stream that ends up in landfills. Organic matter breaks down slowly in landfills due to limited oxygen, which can contribute to methane gas production. Enter stage left: compost. Compost is the rich, black remnant of organic waste such as kitchen scraps combined with “brown” matter (i.e. soil, leaves); the result is beautiful fertilizer for your garden. Intentionally composting accelerates the […]

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Maximizing Your Urban Space

Small herb and flower garden built on terrace

I’ve been an apartment-dweller most of my life, and I used to think that growing food was always going to be a distant dream. I felt like my lack of ground soil and minimal surface area could never support more than a few herbs in containers, and that city life was holding me back. Many of us lack the luxury of abundant land, but still want to grow and nurture […]

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Modeling Sustainable Food Systems

Modeling Sustainable Food Systems feat

Sustainability has become quite the buzzword inside the environmentalist circle and out, but what does sustainability mean and how can we measure is? A 1987 UN report known as Our Common Future, defines sustainability as, “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Often, sustainability is viewed under an agricultural lens, bringing in concepts such as organic farming and permaculture, […]

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