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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

March 6, 2015 |

seedstock1  Partnership Aims to Advance Sustainable Agriculture Reporting (Environmental Leader)

Excerpt: The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) have partnered to align measurement and reporting of sustainable agriculture throughout the food industry.

2  Earning the chops in sustainable agriculture at midvalley’s Rock Bottom Ranch (

Excerpt: Jason Smith isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — or greasy and a bit bloody — as farmer, rancher, teacher and even butcher at Rock Bottom Ranch.On a

3  Sacramento man pushes urban farming movement (News 10 Sacramento)

Excerpt: Con10u2farm founder James Brady is pushing the urban farming movement. His goal is to teach people how to grow nutritious food by using reusable resources around them.

4  New nonprofit offers land to sustainable farmers (Ames Tribune)

Excerpt: A nonprofit launched late last month called the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust is seeking to grow Iowa’s local food movement by acquiring land around cities and offering long-term, inheritable leases on it to help beginning farmers get on their feet.

5  Five business models for urban farming (

Excerpt: There is good money to be made in urban farming. Wageningen UR research into business models found five different options and showed how smart urban farmers can best choose for a combination.

6  Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste (New York Times)

Excerpt:  Restaurants, home cooks and now a growing number of cities are embracing the belief that efficiency, composting and wasting less in the kitchen are just smart economics.

7  San Jose: Urban farm connects people to each other and the earth (San Jose Mercury)

Excerpt: Veggielution in San Jose has been creating a place for residents to connect with nature among the urban sprawl for nearly eight years

8  Why Torrance is closer than ever to lifting urban farming ban on bees, chickens (Torrance Daily Breeze)

Excerpt: Would-be urban farmers who want to raise chickens and bees in their backyards and are salivating about homegrown eggs and honey should hold off setting up coops or hives just yet.

9  Vertical Harvest Urban Farm by e/ye design Under Construction (Design Boom)

Excerpt: First in the state of Wyoming, the vertical urban farm will produce 5 acres worth of fresh produce annually, creating new jobs along the way.

10  The Art of Organic – LARGEST Aquaponics Farm in The U.S. Launches Crowdfund

Excerpt: Floating Gardens announced today that the largest aquaponics farm in the country will be entirely crowd funded.

11  Rooftop farming still looking for big break (Real Estate Weekly)

Excerpt: As it turns out, building and maintaining a giant rooftop greenhouse in New York City is expensive.

12  Refugees Helped Build a Sustainable Food System That’s Feeding the Twin Cities (Munchies)

Excerpt: Community Table’s work extends beyond the Hmong community, also providing tools, education, and guidance to the Twin Cities’ Latino and African farmers.

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