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George Ball, CEO of Burpee Seed, Urges White House to Continue Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden

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A paver at the entrance of the White House Kitchen Garden, as seen in October. Credit Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press.

“You have a very high-pressure job so, Mr. Trump, you will get far more nutrition from more fresh vegetables,” he said in an interview.

By Kim Severson And Marian Burrosfeb
New York Times
Feb 27, 2017

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He has urged Mrs. Trump to turn the garden into a showplace for Slovenian produce, the star of which would be the Raka red onion. It’s a hybrid that her maternal grandfather created by crossbreeding an Egyptian red onion with a local Slovenian onion from the town of Ptuj. It is named after his home village, which is known for its onions.

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Vertical Farming: Does it Stack Up

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Video published on Feb 28, 2017. Writer:Sam Lemonick. Narrator/Scientific Consultant: Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

If vertical farming is so great, why isn’t everyone adopting it? Vertical farming has its challenges.

By David Latchman
ChemMatters
Oct/Nov 2016

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Open-field agriculture relies entirely on energy from the sun, so, when it is available, this source of energy is free. Crops grown indoors receive their energy from artificial light sources, which rely on electricity.

Another issue is that the artificial light sources, called grow lamps, emit heat, which can damage plants if they are placed too close to the plants. So the plants need to be spread out, and the indoor space needs to be cooled to compensate for the added heat from the lamps.

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Micro greens from a rooftop in Bushwick, Brooklyn

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Video interview with Jason Green of Edenworks

By Rebecca Davis
NBC
Feb 23, 2017

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“We’re actually creating a complete ecosystem indoors,” says founder Jason Green.

Most leafy greens in the U.S. are grown in California and Arizona, so Green sees a huge opportunity in creating local greens that are nutrient dense and taste better than something that has been shipped cross-country.

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