Youtuber REDNIC79 has created a vehicle that could help many in northern Canada. The screw-propelled tractor is able to drive through mud and snow easily and makes harsh ground conditions a breeze.
In a world where space is becoming limited, a studio in Germany has designed a windowless system for growing plants. Nui Studio was founded in 2014 as a place to create functional solutions to everyday problems. One of their newest ideas is a self-sustaining system where plants can grow without contact from humans which has been titled Lamp Mygdal.
The lamp looks similar to a large light bulb with a plant inside. This system requires no ventilation or irrigation which cuts out human interaction. The light inside the device is LED which has similar qualities to natural sunlight and thus, photosynthesis can take place.
While it is not available yet, the Lamp Mygdal seems to be the first step in growing plants in a brand new way.
Sprout pencils are the first pencil that can be planted after use. Instead of an eraser, Sprout pencils have a special seed capsule which can be planted and grown. The pencils come in 8 different colours with each colour containing a different type of seed. The different seed types range from cherry tomatoes to cilantro and basil.
With an eight pack of coloured pencils costing less then twenty dollars, without shipping, these pencils could be the only coloured pencils that kids will have to leave with mom and dad.
Last week, Harrowsmith Now took a trip to Toronto, Ontario to visit Canada Blooms 2016.
Could we one day get our produce from your local freight container? Freight Farms could be the first to make it a reality. Founded in 2010 by Brad McNamara and Jon Friedman, Freight Farms manufactures large indoor farms inside freight containers. With advanced technology and the benefit of being closed in, Freight Farms can be located anywhere and still grow fresh produce.
With the cost being $82,000 for the container and approximately $13,000 per year to operate, Freight Farms may be the next step to getting fresh local produce in locations with the harshest weather conditions.
Host Bojan Fürst has created a show entitled Rural Routes Podcasts and it is about how rural Canada is being treated and what to do about it. The first episode features Dr. Sean Markey and Dr. Ryan Gibson who both produced the State of Rural Canada report. Rural Routes is available on iTunes as well as RSS. With one show under his belt; Bojan looks to have a great podcast and more to come in the future.
A Ottawa car-owner has modified a Mercedes Smart car to resemble a snowmobile. It has gained traction on Reddit with the caption "Only in Canada."
Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life role-playing game that was created by indie game developer Concerned Ape. It was released on February 26th, 2016. In this game you take control of an unnamed character who inherited their grandfather's old farm plot. You are given a few tools and very little money. Your quest is to farm, fish and live off the land in hopes of turning this plot into a new beginning. Through out the game you're charged with planting, harvesting crops, mining for minerals and other general farming activities while also creating relationships growing the community.
Stardew Valley has only been available for a few days but has already taken over the top spot on online video game service STEAMS Top Sellers list. The idea that a game about farming would sell better then the newest zombie shooter is an interesting thought. Could the world we live be more interested in daily tasks of agriculture then we once thought? With over 2,647 users giving the game a positive review, and past games such as the Facebook developed FarmVille and the beloved nineties classic Harvest Moon, maybe a new generation is looking at farming in a new light.
Local restaurant in Vancouver is serving their form of Canada on a plate. Chef Chris Whittaker opened Timber Gastropub in 2015 in order to take Canadian food and make it better. From Maple Baked Beans to Ketchup Chips or even a Bison Burger, Timber will make all your senses scream Canada.
(Photos by: Lindsay William-Ross)
App developer Lonely Planet has created an app that makes a guidebook look like a fossil. Their new app titled Guides takes major cities around the world creates downloadable packages that gives the user unprecedented access to photo, video, maps marked with attractions, restaurants and more; all with-out using your phone data.
Toboggan Brewery has created two new brands of beer entitled Mr. Insurance Man and Lunatic Fridge. These are Toboggans first canned beer brands and will be available in LCBO and select supermarkets in the near future.
A fun video by YouTuber AJ+ that showcases a Ghanaian entrepreneur who decided to change the face of transportation in Ghana with Bamboo Bicycles.
Canadian couple Embry and Justin Girard have taken their love of farming and used social media like Instagram to create a powerful following. Their Instagram account shows the beauty that can be found in farming, food and nature.
Embry's Instagram handle is @heartsandroots.
Interesting piece from Civil Eats about how young people are rethinking where and how gardening jobs are to be had, or created. Many Millennials are starting indoor gardens using high tech along with high touch to provide produce for city dwelling consumers.
Canadian farmers could always get Agrotech's innovative vertical farming products. But now the company has started manufacturing their gear in Ontario. So, it will be cheaper and faster to get the products.
Just discovered these at the Ark+Anchor coffee bar in Hamilton, Ontario. They're created by the shop's co-owner, Yigi Chang. We think they're a great gift for the gay Canadiana lover on your shopping list or, well anyone who celebrates both the Canadian outdoors and buff bodies. You can find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell them Harrowsmith Now sent you.
Newark, New Jersey has just announced it's going to be building the world's largest indoor vertical farm. Vertical farms have been developed in other cities, starting with Singapore (see the video above.)
Mark Winston is Academic Director of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In his new book Bee Time - Lessons from the Hive, Winston describes the full-body experience of being amongst bees, and talks about why we need to pay attention to hive failures. Learn more about Winston at his website and listen to a recent interview he did with The Current on CBC.