On Our Urban Ag Radar: Hort Americas Gets a Virtual Makeover; School Uses Hydroponics to Teach Students and Eat; Just Food is Having a Party

Everyone loves a makeover — right? You feel refreshed, like a “new you” ready to face the world, poised to “get the girl.” Reminds me of my favorite show: Beauty and the Geek — Australia version (’cause everything is better down under) and the particular episode where the Geeks get a sexy makeover.

Hort AmerciasI imagine the guys over at Hort Amercias got the same “OMG!” reaction when the ladies saw their new website: www.hortamericas.com. I know I was screaming and jumping up and down when I saw their dynamic scrolling header linking to urban ag goodness.

Hort Amercias Home Page

And frankly, I like their product page a lot better.

Hort Amercias Product Page

Another great perk about their website: Hort Americas’ is handing you FREE information about urban ag AND highlighting jobs in the industry. Do you know of another company doing that? (if you do — please share with me).

PS: They’re a sponsor for Urban Ag Products so you know they’re knowledgeable in all things urban ag and worth a follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Students grow lettuce hydroponically to sell to local restaurant
You gotta love it when people work together. During a time when art, music and P.E. classes are being cut for budgetary reasons, it’s a wonder how a school in Illinois managed to create such a wonderful program merging the benefits of learning hydroponics, growing lettuce and feeding some hungry people at a local restaurant.

Let’s take a moment for a collective sigh of gratitude.

Here’s the skinny: Prairie Grass Cafe is serving lettuce grown hydroponically by The Green Growers Club. The second-best part of the whole story (the best part is that this partnership actually exists) is this quote: ” This the first time that I ate something I grew,” said third grade Janie Levitan. Read more of this awesome story here.

Just FoodAnd speaking of eating….Just Food is having a party. Just Food is an organization that works to connect communities with resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to all in the New Yorkers. On March 29th and 30th, Just Food is hosting an “Eat. Work. Grow the Movement” conference complete with famed keynote Bryon Hurt, Food Talks with those who have been in the movement for years and what I’d be sitting in on if I was in New York: Workshops. I’m particularly interested in their “Urban Agriculture” series of workshops, specifically “Brass Tacks of Rooftop Farming. If you’re in the area — please attend — and please sneak me some of the highlights! Keep pace with Just Food on Facebook and Twitter.

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Katie KetelsenAbout Katie Ketelsen, Urban Ag Products Blogger and Advocate
Katie is a jack of all traits: Co-owner of Maverly Lands, a hydroponic grower of herbs and greens; contributing online garden editor for Better Homes and Gardens; board member for National Green Centre. If you’ve got something to share with Katie, please contact her here.

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