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Korea: Future of agriculture grows under Seoul’s subway stations

Children line up in front of a Metro Farm to experience and learn about agriculture in January 2020.(Farm8)

An average 7.5 million people take the subway each day in Seoul, according to Seoul Metro. This means that passersby will naturally encounter Metro Farms on their way to work, home or to meet family and friends.

By Kim Hae-yeon
Korea Herald
Jan 4, 2021
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Excerpt:

The 394-square-meter cultivation facility is a complex space consisting of an “Auto-Farm,“ where robots manage basic sowing and harvesting, a “Farm Cafe,” which sells fresh salad and juice, made from crops harvested on the same day, and “FarmX,” a zone where visitors can learn about the future of agriculture.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Metro, and the agriculture company Farm8 have come together for this project. In 2004, Farm8 started out as a firm that produced and distributed vegetable salads. Over time, the company shifted gears to conduct research on indoor farming as a method of sustainable agriculture that can operate regardless of weather conditions and has succeeded in developing high-tech distribution centers.

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January 9, 2021   No Comments

The First-time Gardener: Growing Vegetables

Forthcoming: All the know-how and encouragement you need to grow – and fall in love with! – your brand new food garden

By Jessica Sowards
Cool Springs Press
February 2, 2021

Planting your first vegetable garden can be intimidating; it’s tough to know where to start. Before you sink your hands into the soil, you want answers to all of those questions rolling around inside your head. In The First-Time Gardener’s Guide to Growing Vegetables, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for.

Where do I put my new garden?
How do I prepare the soil?
What vegetables should I plant?
Is it better to start new plants from seed or should I buy transplants?
What about watering, feeding, and taking care of my garden?
What do I do if bugs show up?

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January 9, 2021   No Comments