Minding the Garden: What is Light Therapy

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Light therapy can affect brain chemicals that are connected to our mood and sleep, and can ease negative mental health symptoms. For example, it can help with depression or sleep disorders and can be used to treat seasonal affective disorder, which is a type of depression that occurs seasonally (usually in darker months, such as fall or winter).
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Minding the Garden: What is Horticultural Therapy?

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Author: Lauren Jelinek This series, “Minding the Garden,” looks at how mental health and gardening interact. In this article, I begin an exploration of how gardening for fun and food can be beneficial to our mental health. In this first post, I’ll look at horticultural therapy and therapeutic gardens. Stay tuned for future posts to learn about the benefits of light therapy and discover the real world applications of both of these therapeutic forms through the Nutritower’s real-life placements in the mental health space. Mental health struggles can affect anyone, but options for clarity and calm are available. As people...

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How Individuals Can Take Charge of Their Food Security

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Author: Lauren Jelinek Food security should be a human right for all. However, in some communities, it can be difficult to maintain a steady and secure supply of nutritious food. In Canada alone, the most recent statistics show that 8.8% or 1.2 million households experience food insecurity. Furthermore, since the onset of the global pandemic, more and more people feel motivated to take control of their food supply. This isn’t impossible - and there are many options to boost your food security without opening up a 250-acre farm or herding cattle. How do we begin to define such a broad...

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Nutritower has partnered with McGill Masters student Rose Seguin to compare the nutritional value of produce grown in the Nutritower to the ones you buy at the grocery store.

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Nutritower has partnered with McGill Masters student Rose Seguin to compare the nutritional value of produce grown in the Nutritower to the ones you buy at the grocery store.   For the purpose of graduate studies on agricultural development across northern Canada, through the NSERC-CREATE program, Rose has partnered with our team as our intern and science consultant. Take a minute to learn more about Rose and why her work matters. Since beginning her graduate studies at McGill University in Bioresource Engineering, Rose Seguin has participated in several projects aimed at developing sustainable solutions in agricultural practices. She advocates for...

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