Dairy farmers’ excess milk gets a second life feeding the hungry

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When automation caused a significant surplus and price drop of dairy products, one non-profit stepped up to ensure food – and farms – don’t go to waste. Philabundance, a food bank in Philadelphia, is working with cow ranchers to sell their foods while keeping hungry families fed in the city.

After shifting farms from traditional milk packaging and sales, Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers struggled to keep family businesses afloat. According to a study by the Center for Dairy Excellence,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The farmers growing food across frigid northern latitudes

Although frost has arrived in most subtropical regions of the world, farmers still carry on even in the most extreme cold climates with the help of innovative technology and thoughtful design. Polar Permaculture Solutions of Norway and the Inuvik Community Greenhouse and Arctic Greens project of Alaska are examples of defiant, determined agriculture in the Arctic. With features such hydroponic systems, insulated greenhouses, and compost-warmed geodesic domes, these farms are far from frozen despite… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Woven bamboo pavilion offers shelter to passion fruit farmers in China

Amazing projects like Ibuku’s Green Village in Bali, and Tokyo pavilion by Vo Trong Nghia demonstrate the strength and malleability of bamboo. Students and researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have also recognized its limitless potentials as a great sustainable alternative to conventional building materials. After completing a glowing pavilion in their hometown, they designed another innovative bamboo structure– this time in China– using traditional weaving techniques and digital… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building