Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup
November 1, 2014 | Nina Ignaczak
Excerpt: LITTLETON, N.C. — IN big cities and small towns around the United States, people are embracing local agriculture, flocking to farmers’ markets and flocking to “locavore” restaurants, reaping a wide range of nutritional, environmental and economic benefits. Yet one segment of the population is largely missing out on this bounty: the millions of members of the American military and their families.
Source: New York Times
Excerpt: Tim Plass, a Boulder city council member, made local food a platform during his election in 2011 and, along with Council Member Suzanne Jones, helped spark the project. He says the response from the community has been impressive. Local advertising agencies have donated as much as $50,000 in marketing assistance to help with a consumer education campaign, the city is investigating how to leverage publicly owned lands for the expansion of urban agriculture, and Plass and others working with the city are asking farmers and producers what infrastructure—such as cold storage, for instance—would be helpful in expanding their operations. The initiative, he adds, has been one of the least controversial issues the council has taken up.
Source: Take Part
Excerpt: With the “moderate cost” of food for the average 19 to 50-year-old man in the U.S. at $295.90 per-month, according to the USDA, why wouldn’t you want to feed yourself from the land where you’re already paying to live? Plus, filling an urban space full of leafy vegetables, fruit trees, roosting chickens and buzzing bees is a lot more beautiful than covering one in concrete.
Here are seven city-dwellers who are doing just that.
Excerpt: In an Amsterdam experiment that pushes the limits of urban farming, a group of young artists explored what it takes to make a simple lunch truly from scratch. After buying pigs and cows, planting a field of wheat, waiting for nine months, and spending 35,000 euros, they finally got to eat.
Source: Fast Company
Excerpt: Boston is on the cusp of dominating the urban agriculture scene. With the likes of the Boston Public Market coming in 2015, the ground breaking of an urban farm in Roxbury back in July and the passing of Article 89 (the City’s first urban agriculture zoning) in December 2013, Boston’s various homegrown food aspects need an aspect of cohesion.
Excerpt: Urban Hydroponics, Inc. (OTCQB:URHY), a Nevada corporation (“Urban Hydroponics” or, the “Company”) today announced it has signed a Binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge with three Canada-based companies in the urban cultivation sector – Urban Cultivator Inc. (“Urban Cultivator”), BC Northern Lights Enterprises Ltd. (BC Northern Lights”), and W3 Metal Inc. (“W3 Metal” and together with Urban Cultivator and BC Northern Lights, the “Target Companies”). Pursuant to the LOI and an earlier non-binding term sheet, Urban Hydroponics, to date, has made working capital bridge loans to the Target Companies in an aggregate amount of $880,000 from funds it raised in a private placement to non-US persons.
Excerpt: Instead of inmate beds, a bed of lettuce sits in the Denver jail’s Palmer Building, where a convict dormitory was transformed into a space for sustainable food growth.
In February, officers at the jail undertook a pilot program to begin growing their own food on a small scale through aquaponics after hearing about similar setups nationwide, said jail Deputy Hazel Pablo. The Smith Road facility is waiting on a $20,000 grant through Denver’s Department of Environmental Health to expand the operation.
Source: Denver Post