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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

March 26, 2015 |

seedstock1  UC Davis: Sustainable Farming and Pesticides Reduction Research Underway (Patch)

Excerpt: ‘We have developed a freely available phone app to optimize pesticide spray applications based on weather and spray settings.

2  Pitt law students tackle urban agriculture and food policy issues (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Excerpt:  Realizing it may be hard to find inspiring legal jobs when they graduate in May, Marlene van Es and Jaclyn Clifford decided to create their own.

3  China paves the way for a new definition of urban farming (Design Boom)

Excerpt:  in an age of exponential population growth and the constant transition of our cities, china reconfigures the relationship between agricultural and urban.

4  Brighton sets rules for urban farming of bees, up to 6 chickens (Denver Post)

Excerpt:  Brighton City Council has passed regulations for residential beekeeping and chicken farming.

5  From city girl to local farmer advocate (Green Bay Press Gazette)

Excerpt:  Green Bay has made me appreciate the work local growers do to build a healthier community

6  It’s Time to Find Out If Buying Local Vegetables Actually Helps Farm Towns (takepart)

Excerpt:  Surprisingly, there’s no research establishing the benefits of urban sales in farming communities.

7  Farming on the rebound: County plan supports growth (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Excerpt:  Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro signs update to agriculture and farmland protection plan

8  Placing Women at the Center of the Food System (HuffPo)

Excerpt:  For the nutrition community, the numerous links between empowering women and improving nutrition are well understood. However, less clearly understood is how we can build food systems that put women and children at the centre….

9  USDA Blog » Taking a Bite out of the Local Apple in the Windy City

Excerpt: The Chicago Public Schools System has incorporated locally-grown produce into school menus, providing students with fresh, healthy food.

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

Excerpt:  Since 2010, the grassroots organization has helped low-income, minority farmers make the most of their harvests.

11  Town hall meeting whets the appetite on local eats (Homer Tribune)

Excerpt:   If Homer were to be measured by abundance of seafood, local interest and participation in personal subsistence gardening, and a vibrant farmers market, the “food system” at the end of the road would score well. But as a community looking toward the future, there is always a little room for growth.

12  Farmer Jay Creates Indiegogo Campaign For TV Pilot, Grow Something (Broward Palm Beach)

Excerpt:  South Florida’s very own Farmer Jay — aka Jason McCobb — needs your help growing something: his Indiegogo campaign for a TV series.

13  How One Brooklyn Rooftop is Changing the Produce Market (Small Biz Trends)

Excerpt:  Farming and growing food normally takes a lot of space and resources.

14  Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again (NPR)

Excerpt:  Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.

15  Taking On the Food Industry, One Blog Post at a Time (New York Times)

Excerpt:  The writer of the Food Babe blog attracts numerous fans and critics with her comments on the food industry.

16  Bridging the gap: Groups collaborate to support vibrant local food system (Eureka Times-Standard)

Excerpt:  Locally Delicious is raising funds in March and April that will allow Food for People to contract with local farmers to raise produce that will supply the food bank’s fresh pantry and produce distributions.

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