Sipping the Feels: Garden Therapy – A Natural Stress Reliever

Even when a person stops and takes a moment to enjoy a plant’s beauty, they feel better. By Siobhan SearleAuthor and Environmentalist Introduction Society’s downward spiral continues, and with it go my spirits. As the chaos of the global pandemic persists, it has become harder to step away from the fear and uncertainty and take[…]

Food and Medicine in Medieval Monastic Gardens

Each type of garden had its own purpose and meaning, including satisfying medicinal, food, and spiritual needs. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction A monastic garden was used by many people and for multiple purposes. Gardening was the chief source of food for households, but also encompassed orchards, cemeteries and pleasure gardens, as well as providing plants for[…]

Hortum Domus: The House Garden in Ancient Rome

Roman gardens were built to suit a range of needs and activities. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Overview Roman gardens and ornamental horticulture became highly developed under Roman civilization. The Gardens of Lucullus (Horti Lucullani), on the Pincian Hill in Rome, introduced the Persian garden to Europe around 60 BC. It was seen as a place of peace and tranquillity, a refuge from urban life, and[…]

Brewminating: The Social, Ecological, and Cultural Conscience of Coffee

Growing coffee beans with respect for the environment and the workers. By Caleb Brown Social Conscience Overview Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world after oil. Just as consumers of energy need to be conscious of the sources of their energy in the face of increasing climate change, consumers of coffee must also[…]

‘De Agri Cultura’: Agriculture in Ancient Greece

Agriculture was the foundation of the Ancient Greek economy. Nearly 80% of the population was involved in this activity.[1] Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Most Greek language agricultural texts are lost, except two botany texts by Theophrastus and a poem by Hesiod. The main texts are mostly from the Roman Agronomists: Cato the Elder’s De agri cultura, Columella’s De re rustica, Marcus Terentius Varro and Palladius. Varro mentions[…]

The Innovation in Smartphones and Mobile Gaming

The invention of smartphones transformed the world, making it possible to do things never thought possible. Today, smartphones do more than just calling and sending messages. They offer users an easy way to create, access, send, and receive data on the go, whether online or offline. Gone are the days you need a console or[…]