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Vertical farming: The promise, pitfalls and the role of pot

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“I have to disagree with Professor Despommier,” an emeritus professor of microbiology and Public Health at Columbia University, Ramaswamy said. The future of agriculture will continue to be mostly “horizontal,” he said.

By Steve Davies
Agri Pulse
Oct 4, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

In fact, Williams said, if vertical farmers want to see technological advances in their sector, they should support reform of cannabis laws.

“We would not be able to give you the technology you need at the cost you need it if it was not for the cannabis industry fueling our growth,” he said.

Williams said the company’s work to help large-scale operations such as Shenandoah Growers in Virginia – which has increased production by 25 percent and efficiency by 50 percent – would not have been possible without the explosive growth of the cannabis industry.

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October 6, 2017   No Comments

UK Royal Visit – The Patchworking Garden Project was visited by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

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The Duke of Gloucester meeting volunteers at the Patchworking Garden Project in Dorking (Image: Andy Newbold)

A Dorking community garden project which helps up to 70 people a week to stay active and avoid becoming lonely

By Tom Van Klaveren
Get Surrey
Sept 27, 2017
[Note: The Duke is the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary. He is currently 24th in the line of succession to the British throne.]

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The project, launched in November 2014, helps people by offering friendship alongside gardening and crafting activities.

Isobel Gowan, chair of trustees at the Patchworking Garden Project, said: “The royal visit has given us an opportunity to thank all those who have been instrumental in the project, especially Aviva and other local companies involved.

“It has been a wonderful afternoon of celebration.”

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UK: Fire crews called to fire at Dane Valley allotments

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Fire at Dane Valley allotment. Pic: Frank Leppard

“Allotment holders put in hours of effort. The ones I spoke to last night are so annoyed by the latest destruction.”

By Katie Davis
Kent Online
Sept 27, 2017

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“On arrival crews found a garden shed on allotments well alight which had spread to surrounding trees and damaged other out buildings.

“Crews used a main jet to extinguish the blaze.

“The cause is believed to have been deliberate.”

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