Minding the Garden: What is Light Therapy

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Light therapy can affect brain chemicals that are connected to our mood and sleep, and can ease negative mental health symptoms. For example, it can help with depression or sleep disorders and can be used to treat seasonal affective disorder, which is a type of depression that occurs seasonally (usually in darker months, such as fall or winter).
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Minding the Garden: What is Horticultural Therapy?

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Author: Lauren Jelinek This series, “Minding the Garden,” looks at how mental health and gardening interact. In this article, I begin an exploration of how gardening for fun and food can be beneficial to our mental health. In this first post, I’ll look at horticultural therapy and therapeutic gardens. Stay tuned for future posts to learn about the benefits of light therapy and discover the real world applications of both of these therapeutic forms through the Nutritower’s real-life placements in the mental health space. Mental health struggles can affect anyone, but options for clarity and calm are available. As people...

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How Individuals Can Take Charge of Their Food Security

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Author: Lauren Jelinek Food security should be a human right for all. However, in some communities, it can be difficult to maintain a steady and secure supply of nutritious food. In Canada alone, the most recent statistics show that 8.8% or 1.2 million households experience food insecurity. Furthermore, since the onset of the global pandemic, more and more people feel motivated to take control of their food supply. This isn’t impossible - and there are many options to boost your food security without opening up a 250-acre farm or herding cattle. How do we begin to define such a broad topic? A community experiences...

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How far does our Food Travel?

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What’s the relation between the food on our plate and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide? In most of Canada, we deal with a difficult growing climate that limits our agricultural output to less than 50% of other countries. During the winter months, our current food distribution system must rely on the importation of most fruits and vegetables. In most cases, our produce travels upwards of 2500km from its country of origin to get to our table. In fact, a recent study shows that for an average Canadian meal, food has travelled roughly 3000km. This number may be higher during the winter...

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How using a Nutritower helps reduce your water consumption.

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Did you know that the food that we eat also is the largest contributor to water consumption on the planet? In fact, according to UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program, about 70% of all water drawn from rivers, lakes, and aquifers is utilized for crops, and this number goes up to 90% in developing nations. Consider this: a conventional head of lettuce produces a water footprint of 65 litres in order to reach your table. 65 litres!! And lets not even dare talk about beef production. The numbers are truly shocking at 15,500 litres per 1 kilogram — enough to fill a...

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Calum Macphee “I’m just a normal Joe”

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Over the past few months, we’ve been seeing a lot more people posting content of their Nutritowers and the food they make with their hyper-local produce! “From Tower to the table” is one of our mottos so it always makes us really happy to see these kinds of posts. A few weeks into the pandemic we started seeing more and more Nutritowers on our social media feeds. One of the people posting was Calum Macphee. He was posting these delicious looking meals. So we started talking to him. We find out that he recently moved his family to a farm to be...

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