local food

Real Time Farms: Yelp for the local foodie

Real Time Farms: Yelp for the local foodie

Do you use a service like Yelp to check out a new restaurant before visiting? Do you read other people’s reviews and maybe even leave your own? Most of us do (at least the former), but if you’re interested in the sources of the food the restaurant serves, you may be out of luck. Unless it’s one of those relatively rare places that promotes its use of locally-sourced ingredients, or even lists the farms from which it buys, you either have to ask a lot of questions or take your chances…

Hydroponic farms on grocery store roofs: does it get any more local?

Hydroponic farms on grocery store roofs: does it get any more local?

The Story Of Lettuce from BrightFarms on Vimeo.


What’s the maximum distance “local” produce can travel? 100 miles? 500 miles? How about 20-30 feet? That’s the kind of “food mileage” startup Brightfarms is shooting for with its concept of onsite hydroponic greenhouses at grocery stores.

The botanical garden: the new hub for sustainability

The botanical garden: the new hub for sustainability

When my wife and I decided to buy a house in St. Louis, we wanted something older, with a little character… and easy access to the Missouri Botanical Garden. We found what we wanted… a mere two blocks from the US’ oldest continuously operated garden. MOBOT isn’t just a great place to escape the urban environment… it’s also become St. Louis’ premiere institution for promoting sustainability and green living. Now, I’m just as likely to spend my time in the Kemper Gardening Center for tips on better maintaining my little organic garden as I am enjoying the view in the Japanese garden.

Green tech finds (11/19/09)

Green tech finds (11/19/09)

Want your phone to sound like a woodpecker? Got’cha covered… that and more at this week’s green tech finds.

Scots get paid to recycle: British supermarket chain Tesco has been testing out Tomra recycling machines (which “pays” recyclers with reward points) at one branch in Edinburgh, and is so happy with the results that its expanding its offerings to another store… with more planned.
Research product sustainability right in the store: GoodGuide has released an iPhone app that “…lets you scan bar codes for what the guide calls “impartial” health, environmental, and social responsibility ratings of not only the products you are scanning but their companies, too.” (via CNET Health Tech)

Green Rooftops

Green Rooftops

Green Rooftops are a great subject for everyone to consider. For many people who invest in property, making a garden on your roof is a great way to start bringing nature back into the urban setting. If the laws of nature are literally being enacted on your very roof, doesn’t that make life in the…

The Future is Green: Local and Sustainable Food and Sustainable Water

The Future is Green: Local and Sustainable Food and Sustainable Water

We take a step closer to our everyday lives today with something we all need, every day (and several times, at that): food and water. We can’t make this more plain: what you choose to eat and drink every day makes a huge, huge difference, so making the sustainable [www.sundance.tv] choice has huge potential to…

Nice Day for a Green Wedding: Ideas For The Big Day

Nice Day for a Green Wedding: Ideas For The Big Day

So, the recycled invitations have been sent. The green (but white, probably) dress has been picked out. The recycled and/or vintage rings have been chosen. And the local food [www.sundance.tv] has been sourced for the menu. It’s time for the big day; so, what can you do to keep the footprint small while still having…