Sustainable Living

This Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 photo shows asparagus spears at a Freeland, Wash., grocery, that taste best when eaten as soon as possible after harvest. Asparagus will tolerate refrigeration for several weeks but at the expense of some of its sweetness, crispness and flavor. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

“To be on the safe side, you don’t want to over-harvest, so it’s good to wait at least two years after planting,” Aegerter said. “You don’t want to take them too early. You want those underground crowns (year-old root systems) to build up a carbohydrate reserve.”


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In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, photo, Freight Farms co-founder Jon Friedman positions a seedling tower under red light, inside a freight container converted into a vegetable garden in Boston. The Boston-based company is repurposing shipping containers as mobile farms. Freight Farms sells 320-square-foot containers equipped with high-tech hydroponic equipment that’s capable of producing the typical yield for two acres of farmland in any climate, and uses 90 percent less water. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

“The food system needs to be designed around technology and equipment that’s available today,” says Brad McNamara, Freight Farms’ CEO and co-founder. “It was designed 100 years ago without the right technology to reach the level that it needs to. The whole system needs to be modernized.”


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This Aug. 25, 2012 photo shows a varied assortment of heirlooms and hybrids tomatoes at the Bayview Farmers Market near Langley, Wash. More than 700 different tomato varieties have been brought to the market and each year sees still more new introductions. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

“Iceberg lettuce is iceberg lettuce, but there are so many different kinds of tomatoes that we strive for perfection in a number of directions,” said George Ball, chairman and chief executive officer of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., in Warminster, Pennsylvania. “There are cherries, small round salad tomatoes, slicers and paste, among others.


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