Lee Allen

Lee Allen is an award-winning reporter of both electronic and print media. He is also a struggling backyard gardener.

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The Healing Powers of Plant Medicine The Healing Powers of Plant Medicine The Healing Powers of Plant Medicine The Healing Powers of Plant Medicine


Healing herbs like kratom and kava took the spotlight at the recent Arizona Plant Medicine Conference.

Hemp too Hot in the Arizona Desert Hemp too Hot in the Arizona Desert Hemp too Hot in the Arizona Desert Hemp too Hot in the Arizona Desert


Hemp growers in Arizona are learning that inconsistent seeds make it challenging to produce hemp that meets federal regulations for THC...

Growing Hydroponic Strawberries Growing Hydroponic Strawberries Growing Hydroponic Strawberries Growing Hydroponic Strawberries


Whether grown indoors or outdoors in sunlight, hydroponic cultivation offers strawberry growers many advantages.

A New Way to Cure Bud A New Way to Cure Bud A New Way to Cure Bud A New Way to Cure Bud


Who knew the process of curing cannabis is remarkably similar to curing meat or cheese? David and Jane Sandelman figured it out and have...

Foolproof Hemp Cloning Foolproof Hemp Cloning Foolproof Hemp Cloning Foolproof Hemp Cloning


With demand for hemp and CBD on the rise since the passing of last year’s Farm Bill, cultivators are under pressure to generate higher...

Feeding Space Travelers Feeding Space Travelers Feeding Space Travelers Feeding Space Travelers


NASA is exploring the best controlled environment agriculture technology on Earth today so that one day it can meet the challenges of...

A Very Conservative Campus Discusses Cannabis A Very Conservative Campus Discusses Cannabis A Very Conservative Campus Discusses Cannabis A Very Conservative Campus Discusses Cannabis


More than 300 attendees filled the university’s College of Medicine auditorium for the first-ever Interdisciplinary Cannabis Symposium at...

CBD Enters the Pharmaceutical World CBD Enters the Pharmaceutical World CBD Enters the Pharmaceutical World CBD Enters the Pharmaceutical World


The first FDA-approved cannabidiol drug made to treat seizures in young people is Big Pharma’s inaugural step into the world of CBD,...

Water-Soluble Cannabinoids: A Happy Byproduct Water-Soluble Cannabinoids: A Happy Byproduct Water-Soluble Cannabinoids: A Happy Byproduct Water-Soluble Cannabinoids: A Happy Byproduct


Research scientists at Trait Biosciences were looking for ways to improve cannabis and hemp yields when they discovered a method to make...

Raspberry-Pi-Based Greenhouse Controller Raspberry-Pi-Based Greenhouse Controller Raspberry-Pi-Based Greenhouse Controller Raspberry-Pi-Based Greenhouse Controller


While many automated agricultural control systems are expensive and geared towards commercial operations, a little Raspberry Pi is perfect...

Fasarium Wilt Fasarium Wilt Fasarium Wilt Fasarium Wilt


Feared because it is virtually impossible to get rid of, fusarium wilt is wreaking havoc on lettuce and other field and greenhouse crops....

INdoor grow environment INdoor grow environment INdoor grow environment INdoor grow environment


There are many factors that make controlled environment agriculture more environmentally friendly than traditional agriculture. Lee Allen...

Phenotyping Phenotyping Phenotyping Phenotyping


If you don’t understand sensing technologies and data mining for high-throughput (HT) phenotyping, you are definitely not alone. Here’s a...

Sand Culture Sand Culture Sand Culture Sand Culture


Growing plants and vegetables in sand culture is not a new idea, but it appears to be both practical and economical now that plastics and...

natural Inspiration natural Inspiration natural Inspiration natural Inspiration


Using natural concepts as models for solutions in the human world is a process called biomimicry and in this story, Lee Allen takes us to...

Hydroponics Hydroponics Hydroponics Hydroponics


Due to various pressures, the planet is losing plant diversity at an alarming rate. This is not god for ecosystems or humans. Lee Allen...

Mycology Fungus Mycology Fungus Mycology Fungus Mycology Fungus


Mushrooms check a lot of boxes for the future of food. While quintessential decomposers, these organisms assist in plant growth, anare...

Organic hydroponics Organic hydroponics Organic hydroponics Organic hydroponics


Until November of 2017, growers debated the organic certification of hydroponics. Now, the verdict is in.

Eating Bugs Eating Bugs Eating Bugs Eating Bugs


Dr. Goggy Davidowitz says we’ll have to get over our aversion to the thought of eating bugs. The benefits simply outweigh the down sides.

Profile: Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm in Tucson, Arizona Profile: Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm in Tucson, Arizona Profile: Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm in Tucson, Arizona Profile: Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm in Tucson, Arizona


Community gardens are a great idea, and when done correctly, can bring communities together. This is the case in Tucson's Las Milpitas de...

The Art of Harvesting Hydro Hops The Art of Harvesting Hydro Hops The Art of Harvesting Hydro Hops The Art of Harvesting Hydro Hops


Hydroponic hops aren’t new, but growing them in nutrient-rich solutions is.

Food and the Final Frontier: How Researchers Intend to Grow Plants in Space Food and the Final Frontier: How Researchers Intend to Grow Plants in Space Food and the Final Frontier: How Researchers Intend to Grow Plants in Space Food and the Final Frontier: How Researchers Intend to Grow Plants in Space


Here is a closer look at one program in Arizona experimenting with controlled-environment growing for space travel.

Why Symbiotic Relationships in Aquaculture Are So Important Why Symbiotic Relationships in Aquaculture Are So Important Why Symbiotic Relationships in Aquaculture Are So Important Why Symbiotic Relationships in Aquaculture Are So Important


If you want your aquaculture system to really flourish, you need more than just fish...

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