How to Garden in Your Apartment and Eat Fresh Food
Teodora Zareva is an entrepreneur, writer, board games geek and a curious person at large. Her professional path has taken her from filmmaking and photography to writing, TEDx organizing, teaching, and social entrepreneurship. She has lived and worked in the U.S. and Bulgaria and is currently doing her MBA at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Her biggest passion lies at the intersection of media and youth development. She is the co-founder of WishBOX Foundation, a Bulgarian NGO that helps high school students with their professional orientation by organizing events, courses, summer camps and developing digital media resources.
GMO-free, fresh, out-of-your-own garden produce is (almost) everyone's dream. For urban dwellers and gardening novices, however, it usually comes true only on farmers' markets days. UrbnEarth's founder Phil Weiner is on a mission to change that and make home-based food production easy and affordable for everyone.
UrbnEarth is a company, that offers an alternative to supermarket food by providing solutions for city dwellers to grow their own food, regardless of space and soil restriction. UrbnEarth's UrbMat is a small-space garden system, which can grow herbs, vegetables and flowers in apartments, small living areas or other inner city green spaces.
UrbMat is 3' × 2' feet and creates an optimizing planting and growth layout for the included GrowUps Plant Starters. GrowUps are pre-planted seedballs - a mix of chili powder, compost, worm castings fertilizing, clay, and non-GMO seeds. The out-of-the-box garden has built-in irrigation for easy watering, a weed-control layer, 12 companion planted herbs, vegetables, and flowers.
In order to use the UrbMat, all you have to do is find an area that has soil or build a box for the purpose, lay the Urbmat on top, and match the GrowUps with each sqaure. The plant types that come with the UrbMat are Arugula, Basil, Carrots, Catnip, Cilantro, Chard, Lettuce, Marigold, Parsley, Kale, Radish, Spinach. The system costs $54.95 and through a partnership the company has with Two Degrees Food and Feeding America, for every Urbmat sold, it gives meals to kids suffering from hunger in the US.
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Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.
- The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
- It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
- On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.
Dogs' floppy ears may be part of why they and other domesticated animals love humans so much.
- Nearly all domestic animals share several key traits in addition to friendliness to humans, traits such as floppy ears, a spotted coat, a shorter snout, and so on.
- Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
- Now, researchers are pointing to a group of a cells called neural crest cells as the key to understanding domestication syndrome.
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