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Chickens and the Natural Order

The fortress has fallen, Penny is dead. Natural law has again triumphed over human law. Yesterday, I imagined that I owned Penny, as the law recognizes. But raccoons don’t understand human law, it doesn’t make sense, it’s just not realistic from their perspective. When you’re hungry, you gotta eat! Chicken tastes so good! A starving man beamed into my backyard would do the same: take and eat my chicken. So, Kubler-Ross-style, I’ve moved from guilt to resignation. You never beat natural law. At best you hold it at bay. Security upgrade #3 upcoming. This episode is also a useful reminder...

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Hi, my name is Dirk...

... and I'm the farmer at Junction Microgreens. This is my blog, my first ever. I hope to cover a range of topics related to urban farming and our experiments to create a viable and innovative farm in the Junction. For a brief intro to the ambition, please see the About Us page on this website. GROWING MICROGREENS They say growing microgreens is easy, and its true. For this happy fact we can thank billions of years of natural selection: seeds are optimally configured to grow. Likewise, their design is robust – they grow under a range of environmental conditions...

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A POV on the future of urban farming

Urban Farming

A POV on the future of urban farming

Urban farming is coming of age and attracting investor interest. McCains recently paid $65 million for a 5-year old Canadian urban/vertical farm company. Aerofarm, a nine-year old company that only recently made a small profit is valued at US$1.2 billion. Urban-gro, a US company supplying urban farming equipment, is valued at US$111 million, around a 50 PE. Investors clearly think this industry will grow massively. This proves nothing about the future, but it is encouraging. These big companies make a lot of noise about feeding the planet, social responsibility and all that. But it is mostly noise. They are not local. They...

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