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Interview with the owner of the World’s First Solar Greenhouse at Little River Flower Farm in Buxton, Maine. We were honored to have the opportunity to visit and learn about the solar technology used at this organic and sustainable farm. We interviewed owner Bruce Stedman about his 6,400 square foot solar greenhouse which was developed together with Maine Technology Institute and Maine Sustainable Agriculture over three years ago.
The greenhouse features flexible solar panels that have the dual function of generating green energy as well as cooling the greenhouse in the summer, making it economically and environmentally sustainable. The greenhouse was built with steel and pultruded fiber glass with flexible solar panels laminated onto the roof which provide a peak output of 14.4kW (1.2 mega watt per month), powering all pumps and fans and is a net-zero energy structure during the summer months.
The greenhouse incorporates 14 raised grow beds and a root zone radiant heat system powered by a biomass wood pellet boiler. This system uses heated water pipes that allow for precise temperature control to each individual raised bed with minimal excess heat loss.
Bruce explained how this greenhouse was built and also talks about their next project starting in 2020, a new prototype of sustainable greenhouse called the Growbox which will serve as a demonstration facility. The new structure can be moved and used for different purposes from growing, farming to offices and government buildings during crisis situations etc.
Owners Bruce and Nancy Stedman have been growing certified organic produce and flowers at their farm called Little River Flower Farm in Buxton, Maine for the past 20 years. Their solar greenhouse is used to grow organic food and flowers 365 days per year. The couple provides their locally grown food to surrounding grocery chains, markets and restaurants. Besides working on their farm, Nancy also leads their flower cutting and floral arrangement business and Bruce leads their landscaping business and together they built a beautiful tiny house which can be rented via Airbnb.
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The Little River Flower Farm Airbnb is a lovely, rustic Post and Beam Cottage with pine wood interior, Eco-friendly construction and interior design. The Tiny Home has a separate bedroom with queen size bed, a kitchen and dining area and a bathroom with shower, toilet and hot water. This Airbnb has heating and air conditioning for comfort through all four seasons, it is a laptop friendly workspace and provides all the amenities for a relaxing stay.
This Airbnb is located at the Little River Flower Farm in Buxton, Maine, just 30 minutes outside the coastal city of Portland Maine and close to many of Maine’s finest breweries and restaurants. The farm grows organic vegetables, fruits and berries, and over 3 acres of perennial and annual organic cut flowers that are sold locally as well as offered as “pick your own”, perfect for weddings, parties and other special occasions.
The farm is also a sanctuary for a few chickens that are roaming freely and happily. Airbnb guests are welcome to walk the grounds and take joy in viewing the beautiful flowers and vegetables that are growing from May to October. Great hiking trails and a private path along the Little River are accessible from the Airbnb and even in the winter months snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice skating are outdoor activities that are available in the area.
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This is our list of favorite Vegan cookbooks! We hope you’ll get inspired by these beautifully illustrated vegan recipes that are full of vibrant, nutritious, delicious and healthy, plant-based whole foods! There are many misconceptions regarding vegan diets, but it certainly does not have to be boring, nor does it mean you’ll have to eat soy products and carrots every day. These books are a great guide and contain a lot of wisdom. Be inspired and enjoy some vibrant meals that make your body happy!
Thrive Energy Cookbook: 150 Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes
by Brendan Brazier
150 plant based whole food recipes that will nourish your body and boost your energy and performance. This vegan cookbook by Brendan Brazier is based on the clean food principle which eliminates allergens such as gluten, wheat, yeast, soy, refined sugar and dairy. The recipes are created with the purpose of improving performance and wellbeing and every ingredient has a nutritional purpose and the dishes are super tasty and healthy.
Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion
by Taymer Mason
These recipes are a feast for your tastebuds! Since traditional Caribbean food often contains meat and animal products, this cookbook is an exciting find! Caribbean food is influenced by African, French, Asian, and Spanish cuisine combined with the local flavors of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago, Jamaica and other islands in the Caribbean Sea. Chef Taymer Mason created this beautiful cookbook with over 200 super tasty and flavorful recipes that will make you want to eat every dish from cover to finish.
A great whole food vegan cookbook for lovers of healthy, rich, flavorful and spicy food. This book is written by renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry and his modern recipes combine the tastes of African, Caribbean and Southern cuisines. A must have for lovers of the wonderful flavors of African heritage.
Vegan Street Food: Foodie travels from India to Indonesia
by Jackie Kearney
If you love Asian food, then this book is for you! These mouth watering street food recipes were collected by the author Jackie Kearney on her travel through India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia. The book also includes anecdotes of the author and information about her travel throughout Southeast Asia.
Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking: 125 Easy, Delicious, Real Food Recipes
by Roberto Martin
The author Roberto Martin, once the personal chef to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, created this plant based whole food cookbook which combines his French culinary training with his Mexican-American family favorites as well as Italian and International dishes. There’s a nice mix of tastes in these 125 recipes that are easy to follow and include great instructions for making many basic vegan kitchen staples, sauces, dressings and more from scratch.
Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul
by Jenné Claiborne
Sweet Potato Soul chef Jenné Claiborne creates delicious, vibrant and nutritious recipes with a modern twist and a Southern background. Vegan Soul Food at its best! She has her own youtube channel and we love watching her create one mouth watering creation after another. Now we are stoked to see her recipes turn into a beautifully illustrated cookbook.
Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers
By Terry Hope Romero
Well known vegan chef Terry Hope Romero of American-Venezuelan heritage has created this great guide to authentic Vegan Latin Food. The dishes are full of flavor, color and spice and a feast for the stomach.
“Recipes For Peace” – Vegan Cookbook Based On The Traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine – Bilingual English and Arabic Recipe Book – Delicious And Healthy Plant Based Cookbook And Low Fat Dishes
By Kifah Dasuki
The wonderful tastes of the Arabic cuisine! Author Kifah Dasuki has written a beautiful cookbook with delicious vegan traditional Arabic recipes that are easy to follow. The dishes are created with healthy whole food ingredients and each recipe creation is a feast for your taste buds! The author also writes about her story as an Israeli born Arabic woman and her journey of self-discovery.
The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples
By Miyoko Schinner
A great guide on how to make vegan staples from scratch, from condiments, dressings, vegan milk and cheese, broth and stock, “meat” and “fish” substitutes to vegan bread, sweet baked goods, gelato and much more. Instead of buying processed and overpriced vegan ingredients at the store, this cookbook by Miyoko Schinner is a great inspiration and help on creating your own delicious pantry items.
But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner
by Kristy Turner
Author Kristy Turner has created a great inspiration for those meat and dairy lovers who want to become vegan but are in fear of giving up their favorite grubs. The recipes are prove that comfort food can be delicious without the use of meat and dairy and vegan meals can contain more than just vegetables and fruits.
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