Types of vines

Types of vines

I spent this morning battling bindweed and trellising pea plants. I work on a farm. If you’ve spent anytime working on a farm, you’re probably familiar these tasks. Manual labor gives one ample time to think, and today I was thinking about all the vines on farms. There are many; crop plants like peas, beans, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes, as well as weed plants like bindweed, honeysuckle and poison ivy

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Why are some plants red?

Why are some plants red?

A few years ago I would have been spending these snowy days in a couple of (minimally) heated greenhouses, surrounded by thousands of small growing plants. At the time, I was doing research on salad green production to see if it is feasible to do throughout a New England winter. The thing is, not all salad greens are actually green. 

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How much water does your food use?

How much water does your food use?

Last week I found out it takes more than three and a half gallons of water to grow one head of lettuce. Maybe you saw this article too. I wasn’t sure if that was a lot of water or not - plants do need water to grow. But how much do they need? Digging further into the source of the article, I found a concept that I hadn’t heard about - the water footprint of a crop. 

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It's hard to be a street tree

It's hard to be a street tree

In October of 2006 a lake effect storm, called 'Aphid' raged through the actual city of Buffalo (whereas, this years storm was actually south of the city). As part of the plant community, I know a narrow selection of Buffalonians, but those I know are quite passionate - they still talk of the devastation to the trees that this storm caused.

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"Green thing eaten raw"

"Green thing eaten raw"

Thousands and thousands of years ago, humans began domesticating plants and animals. This happened independently in at least seven areas worldwide as people transitioned from hunter gathering to agrarian societies. Mesoamerica was one of these seven regions, and the birthplace of many beloved foods, including maize, beans, cocoa, cotton and today’s topic: squash.

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Farm mapping from the sky

Farm mapping from the sky

I feel like drones are everywhere in the news, and never with a good connotation. Really though, there is a myriad of useful applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), so let’s think of them as a tool for good rather than a weapon-carrying-device. In my case I’m thinking about agriculture, and how these tool can be used to grow crops. 

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