Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup
September 26, 2014 | Nina Ignaczak
A new partnership is shedding light on the dire need for local food in three west Louisville communities and a vacant 24-acre site could be the key to linking supply and demand.
Hawaii gets money for agriculture accelerator
Excerpt: The Kohala Center on Hawaii’s Big Island has received a $2 million federal grant to develop an agricultural business accelerator.
Excerpt: A partnership between a Pennsylvania university, a coffee roaster and a Costa Rican farm is trying to support sustainable agriculture while giving students their java fix with the sale of organic, fair trade coffee that doesn’t come from a certain well-known chain.
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Excerpt: An urban farm in Encinitas that has run afoul of neighbors can operate in a limited way, the City Council decided late Wednesday. Offering yoga classes isn’t one of them.
Source: UT San Diego
Urban Farming and the Law
Excerpt: Aspiring urban farmers face issues ranging from laws regulating bees and goats, to potential tax liabilities for backyard gardeners, according to experts who participated in the Urban Agriculture Conference hosted by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
Excerpt: The food hackathon movement just keeps gaining momentum. This weekend, in Kristianstad, Sweden, entrepreneurs, technologists, designers, food policy experts and students from all over the world will convene to hack innovative solutions to food system problems at The Food Hackathon – Hack för Maten, a weekend-long event presented by ipitt, Krinova and Startup Studio.
Source:Food + Tech Connect
Excerpt: The world is finally catching up to what dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have long known: insects are nutritious and maybe even tasty. As a result, Thailand’s edible insect farming industry is taking off in a way it never has before.
USDA launches local food directories, but still needs more listings
Excerpt: Building on the success of its on-line Farmers Market Directory, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is creating directories for CSAs, food hubs, and on-farm markets (such as farm stands). Farmers or marketing managers can upload information on their market, CSA, hub, or farm to the respective directory.
Source: Natonal Young Farmers Coalition
Source: Civil Eats