THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar28

Vertical Sea Farming

Vertical sea farming is a term we had never come across before, until today, when we read – no, devoured! – this brilliant blog post by sea farmer Bren Smith.

In the blog he talks about how to have a low impact when farming the sea, the amazing effects the way he works has on encouraging a thriving eco-system, the experiments and innovations he made in creating a 3-D ocean farm and how reducing barriers to entry help more people work in a way that suits the ocean.

We cannot emphasise enough how wonderful this is, so please do grab a cup of coffee and take your time to really enjoy learning about vertical sea farming.

Read Vertical Sea Farming.

You can also watch a video of Bren and his work on farming the sea below…

 

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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