Lee Allen

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

Articles by Lee Allen


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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