Monday, April 29, 2013
Our Agriflora Tropicals web store just came back from a major facelift. Although I still can not find a color scheme and wallpaper that I like better, almost everything else got fine tuned and reorganized. In its new incarnation, Agriflora 2.0 is now exclusively a store for vetiver plants. Sadly, we decided to say goodbye to the heliconias, gingers, and bananas that were the cornerstone of our beautiful farm. Our new logo with the curvy contour lines of our vetiver hedges is a better symbol of our new direction and will be replacing our aging Red Caribaea heliconia image everywhere.
The new layout places all the educational information about vetiver in tabs accessible from every page including sections about the vetiver plant, the vetiver system, planting and caring, our production method, our professional credentials, frequently asked questions, and a page that displays the latest post in our Vetiver Solutions Blog and Blog Vetiver Puerto Rico. Fans now have easy links to our Facebook page, our newsletter, and our other sales venues at Amazon, eBay, and Facebook.
Buyers now have an easier and faster checkout experience through PayPal Express. Google Checkout, never a popular payment method, is no longer interested in supporting sellers with Puerto Rico addresses and has been removed after our several ineffective attempts at communicating with intelligent life at their end. We apologize to the very few customers that ever used it. It will not be missed.
Please come and take a look. Your comments below will tell us if we got it right. Please do not leave the store without giving a “Like” to our Facebook page and registering for our newsletter. I’ll see you there.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
VetiVertical City in Shanghai, China, published online by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, opens the floodgates to the possibility of urban installations where vertical fields of vetiver can play a role cleaning the polluted city environment.
Granted, this comes directly from the Easier-said-than-done Department and it is still a conceptual proposal by italian architect Eugenio Aglietti. Nevertheless, seeing a detailed presentation like this (note that there are 12 pictures in the scrolling photo strip) means that architects, engineers, and city planners have taken notice of the possibilities offered by our favorite plant.
The article tells us that Shanghai is one of the Chinese cities with the highest levels of CO2 emissions per capita and held the lead as the biggest carbon dioxide emitter between 2004 and 2007. Could we ask for a better testing ground?
In a previous article in this blog in 2009, Vetiver in Carbon Sequestration, I discussed some of the early research using vetiver for this purpose. It seems that the idea is now moving from research to reality. The article estimates that 4,000 billion Vetiver plants all over the world would be needed to handle the global excess of CO2. Let's get to work!
Friday, March 15, 2013
As reader of this blog, you have the option of receiving a copy of the blog it via email so you do not miss any posts, subscribing to the new newsletter - or both. Check the column on the right for both subscription options.
If you want to opt-in to the newsletter right now, click on the Agriflora Vetiver Newsletter Signup Form and fill out a few details. If you missed the first issue or any others, you can still get your copy from the Archive. I hope that you enjoy reading it, and I promise not to share your information or use it for any other purpose.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Vetiver Grass Users Group - Facebook which is daily adding members from around the world. The success of this site in the social networking environment has encouraged us to start a similar effort in the new Google+ service which recently created a feature called "Communities" which similarly allows like-minded people to come together and share knowledge and experiences.
As with the Facebook group, I am the creator of this community with the help of many Vetiver Network International members. You can visit the site and apply for membership at The Vetiver Grass Network - Google+.
I realize that participating in both sites is time-consuming - so chose the one you like best and be active in it, Vetiver is getting a lot of visibility worldwide through the social groups and more and more "friends of friends" are hearing about the merits of our favorite plant. In the end, this benefits everyone.
We look forward to your participation in either or both - please go now to join:
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Back in October 2009, I wrote the post Vetiver in Defense of Road Embankments where I presented the first trial of the Puerto Rico Highways Authority with Vetiver or Road 30, near the town of Las Pideras. The embankment, now populated by the vetiver and other plants, has proven stable over several significant weather events.
Now, a second trial project has been completed where 3400 plants complement the repair and stablilization work done on a segment of Road 856 in the town of Carolina. This landslide, caused by a strong weather event in 2010, required complex grading and reinforcing to ensure stability and proper drainage. The construction work as well as the planting was expertly performed by Constructora Harmann who were the contractors for the Road 30 project as well.
In our tropical, hilly island, landslides in road slopes are a frequent aftermath to extended rain events. The continued adoption of Vetiver by our goverment agencies will create contractors skilled in the Vetiver System that can provide this service at the public and private level. A full set of images can be seen in the slideshow below and in this Picasa album.
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