Cliff Berkowitz / Monday, July 7 @ 9:02 a.m. / Event
This weekend, specifically from 11am Saturday July 12th till 11am Sunday July 13th is Humboldt County's biggest fundraiser; The Relay For Life. Consistently, year after year, Humboldt County is one of the top fundraisers in the country for this event for the American Cancer Society. Participants walk the track of College of the Redwoods in teams for the full 24 hours. However, everyone is invited to come out enjoy the free live entertainment from:
If you can't make it out to the Relay, join the celebration on the radio because KHUM will be broadcasting the entire 24 hours live. KHUM's live broadcast will come to you uninterrupted courtesy of New Trend Wireless and Schmidbauer Building Supply.
Japan's indoor grow scene just got real.
They're bright, efficient and can be tiny as a Lite-Brite peg, but could LED (light-emitting diode) lights transform indoor marijuana growing? Evidence from Japan suggests that LED grow lights can yield bumper crops at a fraction of the energy cost.
According to the Daily Mail, one Japanese farmer is using LED grow lights for his indoor lettuce factory, and the numbers (as reported) are downright staggering.
Shigeharu Shimamura says that his farm:
- uses just 1 percent of the water of a traditional farm
- produces 250 percent more lettuce
- cuts waste product by 40 percent
- uses 40 percent less electricity than fluorescent grow lights
From the Daily Mail:
Purple lighting is used to mimic night, for example, while the white lights are adjusted slowly throughout the day to mimic a sun moving through the sky.
According to a suspiciously slick PR site from GE, the company that developed these particular LED lights:
The GE Japan team believes that indoor farms like the one in the Miyagi Prefecture could be a key to solving food shortages in the world. Mirai and GE are already working on “plant factories” in Hong Kong and the Far East of Russia. Says Shimamura: “Finally, we are about to start the real agricultural industrialization.”
You could imagine the implications if this style of agriculture were applied at scale in Humboldt's grow houses. It could ease some of the burden on our already stressed watersheds. It could reduce power usage, which Arcata would particularly appreciate.
Local experts on the subject were difficult to track down this morning, but one person (who asked to not be named) said that LED lights simply were not proven in Humboldt:
It's just a different crop. LEDs don't yet have the canopy penetration compared to high-pressure sodium or metal halide lights. The bulk-per-light is still really low, and while the LEDs have the spectrum and the quality, people aren't necessarily so concerned with generating the highest-quality product.
Is that right? Give us your thoughts in the comments.
Mike Dronkers / Yesterday @ 12:45 p.m. / wildlife
Cliff Berkowitz / Yesterday @ 8:55 a.m. / Music
This morning I spoke with Luke Sikora who is heading off to the Manhattan School of Music next month to pursue his Opera Career. Although Luke has received a scholarship, he will still be about $15,000 short in covering his expenses. So this Saturday he and a full lineup of local singing superstars will be putting on a concert at the Universalist Fellowship out in Bayside. Doors open at 6:30pm the show begins at 7:30pm. Sikora has been in numerous shows in local theater, most recently in Les Miserables at the North Coast Repertory Theater. Aside from the music, local businesses have donated many items for a silent auction that will also take place at the event.
Larry Trask / Wednesday, July 2 @ 1:44 p.m. / Politics
Jared Huffman, our representative in DC, was in Humboldt yesterday and was kind enough to stop by the KHUM studios to submit to another gruelling grilling from the Traskmaster.
Listen to interview today on KHUM at high noon, or below.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, July 1 @ 9:37 a.m. / Trails
This morning Emily and I spoke with Aaron Antrim of Trillium Solutions. Aaron used to live in Humboldt County, attended HSU and helped found Greenwheels. Aaron was instrumental in creating the JackPass program which allows HSU students to travel on HTA buses for free (paid for through a portion of student fees). Now Aaron runs Trillium Transit Solutions which works with transit agencies across the country and the world to make public transportation more efficient and easier for all people to use in both rural and urban areas.
Cliff Berkowitz / Monday, June 30 @ 9:41 a.m. / Music
Once again, KHUM will provide the musical soundtrack for your 4th of July fireworks starting at 10pm Friday night, right after the South Side. Whichever fireworks display you are watching, bring KHUM along for fireworks music without the rules. No John Philip Sousa marches here, you'll hear Jimi Hendrix, Arlo Guthrie, Tracy Chapman, Ray Charles, Richie Havens and the like. So when heading out for the fireworks, remember the cooler and a radio tuned to KHUM!