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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

April 24, 2015 |

seedstock1 The Financial Reality of “Sustainable Farming” in Oregon (GoLocalPDX)

Excerpt: When it comes to finances, sustainable agriculture isn’t all that sustainable. Community-supported agriculture (CSA)—a model where customers buy a whole season of food from one farmer—does hedge some risk for farmers but you certainly won’t get rich doing it.

2 Earth Day: Letting farmers define sustainable agriculture (Humanosphere)

Excerpt: Fixing agriculture is today a high priority on the environmental, anti-poverty and social justice agendas, for

3 Adopt-a-Lot program bringing more gardens, urban agriculture to Jersey City (

Excerpt: More gardens will be sprouting up around Jersey City this spring thanks to a new initiative that will expand urban agriculture and also make healthier foods from farmers’ markets more accessible.

4 Chicago at Forefront of New Relations With Cuba at Urban Agriculture Event (

Excerpt: Urban agriculture experts from Chicago and Havana come together Saturday at Kilbourn Park.

5 City of Sparks prepares to embrace urban agriculture (Daily Sparks Tribune)

Excerpt: Chickens and gardens and bees, oh my!

6 Pittsburgh looking to streamline urban farming trend (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Excerpt: The soft clucks of foraging hens drifted up from the banks of the Allegheny River.

7 Local food, from local farmers, delivered to your door (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Excerpt: Community Supported Agriculture groups have local, farm-to-table options for families.

8 Urban Farming and the Local Food Movement in Wide-Open Wyoming (I News Network)

Excerpt: Wyoming may be the last frontier for growing vegetables. More acres of vegetables are grown in Alaska than in Wyoming. But thanks to urban farming in the land of the open range, locally grown produce is in big demand.

9 Local food is not enough. We need resilient agriculture (

Excerpt: Less environmentally harmful farming is good, but it won’t help us if the manure hits the fan.

10 Food hub provides avenue for small growers to think bigger (Tri-state Neighbor)

Excerpt: Small-scale farmers in southeastern South Dakota are finding a way to provide local food in a bigger way.

11 Food hub gets another green light (Messenger-Index)

Excerpt: The Board of Commissioners of Gem County approved applying for a $12,000-15,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to fund a marketing plan for a food hub.

12 Food Hub Brings Locally Grown Food To Schools (

Excerpt: While students usually fill their lunch trays with food sprouting from all over the country, stomachs can now digest a little easier with more locally grown fruits and veggies on the menu.

13 $16M Food Hub Could Break Ground Next Month (

Excerpt: A $16M vision to turn a blighted section of East Baltimore into a campus for food-related businesses is one step closer to reality.

14 Chipotle Signs Deal With Food Delivery Start-Up Postmates (NY Times)

Excerpt: Chipotle’s burritos are a smartphone tap away through an official partnership with the delivery start-up Postmates.

15 San Diego County farmers pleased at changes in water cutback rules (LA Times)

Excerpt: After a vigorous effort to alert the state water board about what they saw as the unfairness of proposed drought rules, San Diego County farmers were pleased at how the rules were modified.

16 With his well nearly dry, a farmer draws on his resolve (LA Times)

Excerpt: It was done. Over. No more waiting for rain, hoping for snow.

17 Food Waste is a Massive Problem. Here’s How to Fix It. (Civil Eats)

Excerpt: A new film highlights the food waste problem. Here are some things we can do to fix it.

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