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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

March 13, 2015 |

seedstock1  The Case for Vertical Farming in Small-Town Wyoming (CityLab)

Excerpt: With harsh winters and a remote location, Jackson, Wyoming, has been unusually dependent on food trucked in from far away. Here’s how one company hopes to change that.

2  Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow (Public Radio East)

Excerpt: The United States imports more than $100 billion of food every year from farms across the globe, often in the big metal shipping containers you see on

3  Green champions set off kitchen farming revolution (Maktoob News)

Excerpt: At a ceremony held to honour them, the winners of the Dubai Municipality-led “Grow Your Food” initiative spoke of their confidence that both traditional and hydroponic farming in the backyards and balconies of homes can lead to a sustainable farming revolution.

4  5 Ways Vertical Farms Are Changing the Way We Grow Food (EcoWatch)

Excerpt: Vertical farms are multiple stories, often have a hydroponic system and some contain artificial lights to mimic the sun.

5  Why Some Schools Serve Local Food And Others Can’t (Or Won’t) (NPR’s The Salt)

Excerpt: A survey found that 36 percent of U.S. public schools bought food from local farmers during two recent school years. But a slightly greater number of schools served no local food at all.

6  Beyond farmers markets: The future of local food in America (Quartz)

Excerpt: Demand for local food is as strong as ever. What’s changing is how producers are reaching local consumers.

7  Growing Trends in the Local Food Movement Show Industry Is Thriving (EcoWatch)

Excerpt:  A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report to Congress reports that local and regional food sales in the U.S. totaled $6.1 billion in 2012—an increase from the reported US$4.8 billion in 2008.

8  Coachella Valley logo contest for identifying local food (Coachella Desert Sun)

Excerpt: The Coachella Valley needs your help in developing a local food logo.

9  Federal Cuts Challenge Local Food Programs (Urban Milwaukee)

Excerpt: For many Milwaukeeans, hunger is an unfortunate reality of life.

10  How the grassroots local food movement is changing what we eat (Charlottesville Tomorrow)

Excerpt:  Many people in the Charlottesville area seem to value local food, but one University of Virginia lecturer said she thinks the community can take the movement one step further.

11  Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soi (NY Times)

Excerpt: Soil-conservation farming, a movement that promotes not tilling fields and using “green” manures, is gaining converts in tough environments and markets.

12  Congressman Tim Ryan Wants to Start a Food Revolution (Civil Eats)

Excerpt: This Ohio Congressman is outspoken about wanting to change the food system.

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