Using Ultrasound to Sanitize Produce

With new food recalls popping up all the time, scientists are constantly trying to find new ways to ensure that our food is safe and healthy. Check out this interesting article from Scientific American about a new way to sanitize leafy greens using high-powered ultrasound. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=ultrasound-to-protect-produce-from-pathogens -written by Rachel Burmeister, Internship Coordinator...

Free Urban Farming Webinar Tonight @ 7:00 PM MST

OK, I’m not a farmer.  What do you mean start farming?  I live in the city.  I don’t know anything about farming.  Get my hands dirty? Nourish the Planet is starting the spring out with an exciting FREE Webinar on Urban Farming. That’s right farming in the town and city.  Farming in your backyard. You do not want to miss this exciting discussion.  This will be great fun. Join the Nourish the Planet Team at this Webinar by clicking here to attend the webinar.  This is the future! We have to start producing our food closer to home.  We are going to profile the Urban Farming program in British Columbia and we have a surprise guest for you.  You do not want to miss this.Click here to register. If you haven’t been to one of our webinars they are really cool. Give it a try. You can sit at home in your PJs and learn some great new...

Solar Innovation through Design

One of the biggest complaints with solar is its perceived unattractiveness. Especially in urban environments, where space needs to be optimized in every possible way and energy consumption is as high as the buildings are tall, there tends to be a problem for solar development. It is here where creativity and artistic thought can be combined with functionality to create new solutions to city’s energy stresses.  Case in point, the newly installed “Solar Trees” at Discovery Place Science Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. These installations are at once intriguing modern art and functional energy producing solar panels. They make the most of what would otherwise be wasted parking lot space to help power their facilities. The design also fits in beautifully in an urban setting, creating not an eye sore but a beautiful artistic expression. For more pictures and information please see the link below: http://www.ecofriend.com/solar-trees-shining-spotlight-solar-energy-style.html   –written by Savannah Miller, Business Development Intern, Spring 2012 picture from: http://www.ecofriend.com/solar-trees-shining-spotlight-solar-energy-style.html...

Ideas for Old Pallets

Most people think that old wooden pallets are trash; however, with a little imagination they can be used to make furniture, decoration, and even buildings. Members of the NTP Membership Community will have seen that we have been using buildings made of pallets as animal shelters at our alpaca ranch. The plans for our pallet buildings can be found on the membership site, and if you are not already a member click here to sign up. Also, check out this cool video made by the Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association for some other ideas about how to make old pallets into functional and appealing items. Re-using old pallets is not only fun and creative, but it keeps useful wood from being dumped in landfills. –written by Rachel Burmeister, Internship Coordinator...