North American Ginseng

By Andrew Poitras Overview Ginseng is a perennial, herbaceous plant, belonging to the genus Panax. The wild variety (in traditional Chinese, referred to as 野山參 or Wild Mountain Root), closely resembles its cultivated counterpart species: American Ginseng, or Panax Quinquefolius, which is native to eastern North America, and the Korean species P. ginseng and South … Continue reading North American Ginseng

Food Forests

By: Daniel Burke-Perez Urban food insecurity has gained attention in recent years. To increase neighborhood food accesses, communities and activists across the country have developed food forests1. Interest in establishing edible forest landscapes is rooted in a desire to increase the availability of food in underserved neighborhoods, promote green spaces and biodiversity in cities, and … Continue reading Food Forests

Urban vs. Industrial Agriculture

By: Dan Burke-Perez Today, we largely rely on industrial agriculture to produce our food. Industrial agriculture relies heavily on chemical inputs and uses monoculture—dedicating huge areas to only one crop—to grow food. Today, most of the food in the world is produced, packaged, shipped, and sold through a global food system with industrial agriculture at … Continue reading Urban vs. Industrial Agriculture

Green Infrastructure

By: Myles Banfield Green infrastructure refers to systems that provide various ecosystem services. There is a wide variety of strategies for implementing green infrastructure in the urban environment, including urban geometry, environmentally friendly building materials, and plant-based systems. Different strategies are designed to be applied to areas where they can have the greatest impact. Urban … Continue reading Green Infrastructure