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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

March 19, 2015 |

seedstock1  Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil (New York Times)

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

2  Print your own urban farm: AKER offers a full suite of open source urban ag kits (Bigilink)

Excerpt: These flat-packable kits are designed to boost urban agriculture, ranging from flower & vegetable production to worm composting to backyard chickens and beekeeping, and require no tools for assembly.

3  Study Proposes Urban Agriculture Complex in Downtown LA (Triple Pundit)

Excerpt: The design firm Perkins + Will released a plan that suggests a 660-acre area northeast of downtown Los Angeles is ripe for investments in urban agriculture.

4  In L.A., Now You Can Use City Land For A Free Vegetable Garden (Fast Co.Exist)

Excerpt: Instead of driving to the store to get quality produce, L.A. residents can now plant gardens sandwiched in between sidewalk concrete and asphalt.

5  22 states pass Farm to School legislation in 2014 (VTDigger)

Excerpt: Twenty-two states passed 41 farm to school-supportive bills and resolutions in 2014, a 64 percent increase over 2013, according to a report released today by the National Farm to School Network.

6  USDA allots $97 million to support specialty crops, farm-to-school program (AgriPulse)

Excerpt: The USDA today announced $96.8 million in funding for projects that support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs and farm-to-school efforts.

7  Farm to School Act seeks expanded funding (The Packer)

Excerpt: Newly introduced legislation backed by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers would expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant Program to include preschools and summer food service programs.

8  Will the Aquaponics trend lead to the downfall of Monsanto?

Excerpt: A new local farm utilizes aquaponics for non-GMO produce.  It is locally sourced healthy produce year round that allows the earth to replenish itself from the overuse of chemicals.

9  Senate plan would boost New York agriculture (Troy Record)

Excerpt: State Senate Republicans are pushing a multi-faceted plan to expand and grow New York’s agriculture industry.

10  University commits to 20 percent threshold for sustainable food purchases (Food Service Director)

Excerpt: The University of Michigan says that by 2025 it will purchase at least 20 percent of its food from producers within a 250-mile radius of Ann Arbor.

11  Uber, Airbnb, and the Food System: How We Can Make Local Food More Affordable (HuffPo)

Excerpt: How can we move food more directly from local farms to the end consumer, ensuring that a greater number of people are able to afford these fresh, healthy products?

12  LED Lights Are The Future Of Urban Farming—At Least If Philips Has Anything To Say About It (Fast Co.Exist)

Excerpt: The lighting giant is among those building out a city farming division, preparing to fuel the vertical farms of the future.

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