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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

June 18, 2015 |

seedstock1 In Search Of Edible Weeds: Adventures In Urban Foraging By App | NPR

Excerpt: An expert forager has a video and an app for finding weeds to make the ultimate locally grown salad. But even a master foraging app might not lead an amateur to success.

2 Urban agriculture does not always result in better neighborhoods |

Excerpt:  While urban agriculture is often used as a tool for increasing social cohesion in neighborhoods, Esther Veen believes that it does not always lead to better relationships between residents.

3 Growing an Urban Agriculture Hub on the Los Angeles River | KCET

Excerpt:  A study concluded that the 660-acre area bisected by the L.A. River within Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, and Chinatown neighborhoods is an ideal neighborhood to encourage urban agriculture.

4 Urban agriculture startup founded by JHU students aims to bring future of farming to Baltimore | Hub.JHU.EDU

Excerpt: Urban agriculture startup founded by JHU students aims to bring ‘vertical farming’ to Baltimore

5 San Francisco’s Groundbreaking Urban Agriculture Program Turns One | KQED

Excerpt: The one year old Urban Agriculture Program was created to address the insatiable demand for urban ag information. Over the past year it has provided resources to San Francisco gardeners and helped them find places to get their hands dirty and grow their own food.

6 Los Gatos, Saratoga: County identifies land pockets for urban farming | Mercury News

Excerpt: Sometimes it seems as if Silicon Valley sprawl has taken over every piece of available land, but there are still some pockets of vacant parcels locally. In fact, there are 1,074 of them that have been identified by Santa Clara County as potential urban agriculture incentive zones.

7 An Alaskan’s Local Food | Juneau Empire

Excerpt: What is local food to you? Several years ago, when asked this question in a college class, I paused. As we went around the classroom sharing our ideas, my mind went blank.

8 California Farmers Told to Stop Irrigating Seek Court Order | NY Times

Excerpt: Some California farmers say they face financial ruin under orders to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops this summer amid the state’s relentless drought, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

9 Organic Farmers Object to Whole Foods Rating System | NY Times

Excerpt: Under a new program, conventional farmers can earn higher marks than organic farmers, who have long had a close relationship with the grocery chain.

10 Want to help the bee populations? Grow a variety of flowers | LA Times

Excerpt: The European honey bee was brought to this continent in the early 1600s, but not to pollinate crops. Rather, early settlers sought beeswax to make candles.

11 Land agreement aims to increase sustainable agriculture in Loess Hills | Nonparalellonline,com

Excerpt:  Fifty-three acres of farmland and oak tree savannah in the Loess Hills will be farmed sustainably as part of an agreement between an area landowner and a budding nonprofit organization.

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