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Urban farmer had the fresh produce many seniors needed during the pandemic

Rod Dodd is a chef who runs Organic Harvest Gardens in Long Beach. When the pandemic hit, Dodd started a program to provide vegetables to local restaurants; when that demand fell due to shutdowns, he converted his business to provide fresh produce to local seniors and has hand-delivered veggies to about 200 seniors a week since then. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

“Things are going to get better,” he said. “You have to stay optimistic and hopeful.”

By Donna Littlejohn
Daily Breeze
December 29, 2020

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Everything was looking up for Rod Dodd of Long Beach, the private estate chef and urban farmer who was fast building a reputation for providing fresh-grown food for area restaurants.

After about five years, his quarter-acre Organic Harvest urban farm — in the middle of North Long Beach — was on the upswing, with some of the city’s top restaurants and chefs onboard as customers. He and business partner Adam Romick, certified master gardeners, were picking up other high-end catering gigs as well.

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January 4, 2021   No Comments

India: How to Grow 63 Varieties of Vegetables on Your Terrace Using a Few Buckets & Fish

Since 2016, Pune-based Sameer has been growing vegetables using aquaponics, and has experimented with different kinds of fish to refine his technique

By Himanshu Nitnaware
Better India
Dec 28, 2020

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Sameer says the vegetables grown on the upper tub, while the fish live in another tub installed below. The water from the lower tub is pumped upwards to water the plants, which again drains down into the lower tub for recycling.

Sameer has experimented with different types of fish to refine his technique. These include the catfish, guppy, rohu, katla, and koi. “Koi helps yield the highest amount of produce, but is expensive,” he says. Apart from fish, the entrepreneur-turned-farmer has also worked on methods to balance the water and nutrition content for the plants.

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