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Honeysuckle and jasmine combined with mischievous Genmaicha. A warm and playful blend of florals and sweet “popcorn” tea, Kitsune Blend makes for a perfect cup of tea regardless the time of day.

FLAVOR PROFILE: Nutty, sweet, with light florals.

To brew a perfect cup, steep 2.5 teaspoons in 8 oz of water for 5 minutes. Add honey or sweetener as desired.


Kitsunes are interesting creatures hailing from the Japanese tradition. Kitsunes are foxes or, more accurately, fox spirits. They are humans with fox spirits, tricksters that are one with elements. These creatures are generally playful in nature and range from wise to mischievous. Malevolence, however, is not unheard of.


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Canadians Turn Poultry Manure Into Hydroponic Fertilizer

Nick Savidov doesn’t mince words when he talks about relying solely on synthetic fertilizer to feed the planet.

“The fact is that if we don’t learn how to recycle nutrients and water, we are doomed,” said the senior research scientist at the Bio-industrial Opportunities Branch of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

“We will start dying off from hunger. This is just one approach to prolong our existence on this planet.”

Savidov is part of a team using a device called a bioreactor to extract nutrients from waste streams like animal manure. Described as ‘liquid composting,’ the bioreactor uses micro-organisms in an oxygen-rich environment to mineralize and dissolve the nutrients in a liquid solution. The nutrients can then be reused as plant food.

Recycling nutrients is critical because synthetic fertilizer sources are non-renewable, said Savidov. For example, 85 per cent of all phosphorus rock reserves on the planet are located in just one region (Morocco and the Western Sahara) while nitrogen synthetic fertilizers can only be produced using fossil fuels.

And recycled nutrients have an added benefit.

A demonstration project by Savidov, engineer and system designer Marc Legault, and their colleagues used the aerobic bioreactor to capture nutrients from raw poultry manure. They then used the dissolved organic fertilizer — or digestate — to produce vegetables and tree seedlings in a soilless growing environment.

“The results exceeded all our expectations,” said Savidov. “We demonstrated that we can produce vigorous growth of major nursery crops grown in Alberta and B.C. using poultry manure digestate.”

For example, greenhouse tomatoes grown with digestate had a 15 per cent higher yield than plants given synthetic fertilizer.

The reason?

Recycled organic fertilizers are biologically active with beneficial micro-organisms and this results in enhanced nutrient uptake by plants, said Savidov.

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Word Up!!l! 

A friend and I were just discussing when organic food stores would start trending outside of affluent communities. One would think nutrition-awareness has grown universally but there are still communities that lack healthy dietary options and, equally important, dietary variety. This is true even in gentrified communities where socioeconomic classes have become intertwined. Savannah was my first introduction to this disparity. And yes, healthy-dieting is a choice. But I think outside of feasibility, the cultural stigmas, insularity, lack of brand familiarity, and miseducation have made it near impossible for our children and young adults to be introduced to these healthy dietary options. (Personally, I didn’t know what hummus was until I got to SCAD at the age of 19.) 

In addition, I’ve seen first hand the type of customer service some of these lower-income kids get when they walk into the markets and whole-food stores. The profiling is real even in the most “liberal” of shops. So it makes sense why some of these kids reference the organic foods as “rich people food” or “that white-people food” (according to my kids at East Broad in Savannah). They’ve been conditioned to see it as valuable, better, and not for them. That has to change. 

Word up to The LOX.