The Farmery. A Harvest-It-Yourself Greenhouse.

The Farmery is, hopefully, only a small taste of a whole new ideology of good things to come. It is basically a one-stop location where the customer can harvest the vegetables that are grown in-store, avoiding the inefficiencies inherent to transportation and distributing, but, more than that, it is a place that mends a long-lost bond between the Human Being and Mother Earth that remind us that every seed that grows is nothing short of a miracle.

Read the original article and the tale from the innovative mind of Ben Greene, the visionary of this project, here.

“The wonderful thing about agriculture is you don’t have to try very hard to make function look pretty. I just concentrate on making the growing system as efficient as the space will allow,” he says (though there will be ample opportunity to develop custom displays and graphics).

There are currently two in-progress prototypes in North Carolina, complete with sunflower-dappled living roofs. And now, after four months of finagling, Greene and his team were able to secure civic approval for a 20-foot mini-Famery in downtown Durham, right in front of the Burt’s Bees headquarters; a taste of things to come, no doubt.

(Source: modernfarmer)

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The Insightful Game

“‘My Cotton Picking Life’ is a game created by designers at Game The News to convey conditions of modern slavery in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan. The game only has two buttons – both say ‘pick cotton’ – as the men, women and children of Uzbekistan have no choice but to pick around 50 kg (110 lbs) of cotton daily.”

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