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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

May 28, 2015 |

seedstock1 Breaking: California farmers agree to water cuts (Mother Jones)

Excerpt: Some farmers will reduce their water use by 25 percent, in order to avoid steeper cuts later.  

2 USDA recognizes Ohio City Farm as national model for urban agriculture (Crains Cleveland)

Excerpt: Ann Bartuska, deputy under secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research, education and economics, toured the six-acre farm on Tuesday, May 19.

3 3Dponics is Modernizing Urban Agriculture Further With New 3D Printed Cube Garden (

Excerpt: While most people associate it with foodies and the organically obsessed, the history of urban agriculture actually dates back to ancient Egypt. It has been a s

4 Trinity Avenue Urban Farm finalists want answers (

Excerpt: Four years later, City Hall still hasn’t announced winner of ambitious contest — or $25,000 prize

5 How This Sheriff’s Office Uses Urban Farming to Try to Ease Impacts of Poverty (

Excerpt: In addition to creating jobs and organic food, embracing local agriculture might help ease crime and recidivism, too.

6 Indy native grows urban farm (AgriNews)

Excerpt: After traveling the country working with community gardens, growing vegetables and learning the importance of urban farming, Matthew Jose m

7 Boston to Launch the Nation’s First ‘All-Local’ Public Market (Civil Eats)

Excerpt: Almost everything sold at the new Boston Public Market will be produced or originate in New England.

8 Local grocers work to donate unused food (

Excerpt: A recent bill passed in France is mandating that all supermarket chains, instead of destroying surplus food, donate that food to charities or farms. While donating food is not mandated in the U.S., many local grocers do, in fact, donate surplus food to local food banks and charities.

9 Small Farmers Are Creating Resilient Local Food Systems Globally (Live Trading News)

Excerpt: Here’s how family farmers, food heroes, and organizations around the world are working to create resilient local immune food systems

10 UVM and Vermont Law School present 4th annual Food Systems Summit June 16-17 – (VTDigger)

Excerpt: All people deserve access to adequate, nutritious food. The complicated and provocative question is the basis for the fourth annual UVM Food Systems Summit on June 16-17.

11 Local food councils take root in Michigan (MSU Extension)

Excerpt: The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is forming a new local food council network to support the growth and development of these groups throughout the state.

12 Maine activists call for state action on labeling laws and support for local agriculture at march against seed giant (FERN)

Excerpt: Genetically modified organisms are the focus of a bill currently being debated in the Maine legislature, which would put the state’s existing law mandating labeling of foods containing GMOs into effect sooner.

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