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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

May 14, 2015 |

1 Historical crops in Arizona may be future of agriculture (

Excerpt:  Historical crops farmed on the Tohono O’odham Reservation in Arizona may be part of the key to the future of sustainable agriculture.

2 Is sustainable agriculture reachable? (Des Moines Register)

Excerpt:  Iowa struggles to reach sustainability.

3 Urban Agriculture Booms Amid Drought (Fox 40 Sacramento Stockton Modesto)

Excerpt:  As water is more limited than ever and food prices increase, many have gone to their backyards to plant vegetables in their gardens.

4 The Pioneer : Activists initiate urban farm revolution (The East Bay Pioneer)

Excerpt:  The city of Oakland is ripe for the picking, or will be after a group of food justice activists complete their goal of renovating vacant and unused lots into urban farms. The movement is called Oakland Spring Rising and their hope is to initiate 40 farms in 40 days.

5 Urban farming tax credit announced for Baltimore City (ABC Baltimore)

Excerpt:  As the abundance of food deserts remains a top concern in Baltimore City, a push to change that is now in the works.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Councilman announced the Urban Agriculture Tax Credit Tuesday.

6 Five Reasons Why You Should Be Promoting Urban Agriculture in Your City (PublicCEO)

Excerpt:  April showers bring more than May flowers: for cities, springtime brings an opportunity to focus on more sustainable food systems. ..

7 Asheville’s Sunil Patel Begins Drive to Establish Urban Farmers (India West)

Excerpt:  Once, in America, and not that long ago, yard vegetable gardens were as common as sidewalks to the front door.

8 7 Urban Farmers You Should Know (The Root)

Excerpt:  These African Americans are making black the new green.

9 Cornell seeds urban farming in the Big Apple (Cornell Chronicle)

Excerpt:  New York City associate Philson Warner and Food and Finance High School junior Christa Torres demonstrate Cornell’s mobile hydroponics unit.Partnering with Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer,

10 U.S. senator donates tractor to help with city’s urban farming (Kansas City KCTV)

Excerpt:  An unlikely gift from Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is helping an urban farming group to break ground on vacant lots throughout the city’s east side.

11 Harrisburg students learn lesson in aquaponics (Harrisburg ABC27)

Excerpt:  Some Harrisburg students are taking part in a project that’s really getting their hands dirty, gardening. But this isn’t your typical garden…

12 Students spearhead school’s aquaponics project New Richmond News)

Excerpt:  Over the course of the last school year, New Richmond High School agriscience teacher Rachel Sauvola and her team of students, NRHS student Ellis Frank and Somerset High School student Austin Headlee, have been working on bringing the school’s aquaponics program up to speed.

13 Aquaponics Innovation Center opens in Montello (Stevens Point Journal)

Excerpt:  The Aquaponics Innovation Center, a one-of-a-kind partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Nelson and Pade Inc., Montello, officially opened April 23.

15 Connecting Producers, Investors: ‘Slow Money’ Movement Seeks to Grow Vermont’s Food System (Vnews,com)

Excerpt: A new nonprofit that promotes investment in a sustainable local and regional food system held its first entrepreneur showcase last week. The sold-out event at the Coolidge Hotel reflected one of Slow Money Vermont’s main goals — connecting the state’s food producers with investors seeking to give them a boost.

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