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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

February 13, 2015 |

seedstock1  City Gardeners Track the Value of Urban Farming (Next City)

Excerpt: In God we trust, everyone else bring data — and that includes you, community gardeners. 

2  NY native uses Tower Garden system to promote urban farming (Lafayette Herald)

Excerpt: When Austin Kasso thinks of a farm, he doesn’t see huge combines roaring through open fields, collecting tons of a single crop.

3  Does urban farming have a future? (In The Black)

Excerpt: Urban farms have taken off but can they be profitable? A number of small players think the answer is ‘yes’.

4  Rock star (urban) farmer is all about the money (Vancouver Sun)

Excerpt: Kelowna-based small-space farmer Curtis Stone has some tough words for ideologically driven urban agriculturalists: “If you aren’t making money, you are doing it wrong.”

5  Red Fern Farm owners receive Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award (Agrinews)

Excerpt: Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice of Wapello are the recipients of the 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award, granted annually by Practical Farmers of Iowa to an individual or couple that has shown dedication to sustainable agriculture, generously shared their knowledge with others and been influential in efforts to foster vibrant communities, diverse farms and healthful food.

6  A successful decade of Working Together for Sustainable Agriculture (KTCI Radio)

Excerpt: From February 4 to 6, Bayer Crop Science’s Food Chain Management team welcomed experts and partners from different stages of the food value chain.

7  Aquaponics career skills nurtured to expand career pathways: University of Hawaiʻi System News (University of Hawaii)

Excerpt: The University of Hawaii at Manoa Center on Disability Studies works to expand access to career and technical education in Hawaii high schools.

8  Ontario should invest in local food systems: report (Food In Canada)

Excerpt: A new report called Dollars & Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System says reducing food imports and expanding local production will add jobs and boost the province’s GDP.

9  Dire farm report doesn’t resonate with local farmers’ markets (SF Gate)

Excerpt: The explosion of farmers’ markets across the country — and especially in California — has meant that there are many more was than there were 10 or 20 years ago, some without enough farmers or customers to stay vital.

10  Ballard Bee Company is Bringing Pollinators Back to Washington State (Civil Eats)

Excerpt: Have you considered putting in a beehive, but worried that you might not have the time to maintain it? If you live in Seattle, you’re in luck.

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