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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

August 7, 2015 |

seedstock1 Large Indoor Farming Operation Coming to Indy’s Near Eastside (WLYL)

Excerpt: An Ohio company is planning a new indoor produce growing operation on Indianapolis’ near eastside.

2 AeroFarms to open ‘world’s largest indoor vertical farm” (Gizmag)

Excerpt: AeroFarms’ new 69,000 sq ft (6,410 sq m) facility in Newark, New Jersey, will be based in a converted steel factory and will incorporate a new corporate HQ for the firm. It’s expected to grow high-quality and healthy produce all year round.

3 Group wants UMaine to serve local food (Journal Tribune)

Excerpt: A group of Maine food producers and organizations is pressing the University of Maine System to serve more locally grown food to students and staff.

4 Reversing the food desert, with local produce and help from Pembroke farm (Daily Journal)

Excerpt: Lorenzo R. Smith Elementary School will become the nation’s first food hub selling locally-grown food to distributors and providing the school with both free and low-cost produce for school lunches.

5 A chef’s dish inspires a grand tour of Michigan’s local food movement (Metro Times)

Excerpt: On a June afternoon, the day shift is moving into the kitchen at the Root, the locavore restaurant run by chef James Rigato in White…

6 Homegrown South roots for wider access to healthful local food (Star Tribune)

Excerpt: Fruits and vegetables can be pricey and don’t always make it into low-income families’ refrigerators.

7 12th Ave communal development residents plan Rooftop Farm to showcase urban agriculture (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Excerpt:  A group is launching a crowdfunding campaign to create a rooftop garden for the project as a community exhibition of hyperlocal farming involving Seattle Central Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program.

8 Can urban agriculture work in Santa Fe? (ABQ Journal)

Excerpt:New film takes a closer look at whether local food sources are the better way to go

9 Does urban agriculture use too much water? (Environmental Research Web)

Excerpt:  Some crops need less water than a well-tended lawn, finds study in Vancouver.

10 Nonprofits revive plans for permanent farmers market, urban agriculture (Columbia Missourian)

Excerpt:  A new partnership pursuing an estimated $1.5 million project includes the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

11 ‘What’s the Buzz About Wild Bees?’ (NYT)

Excerpt: Farming landscapes that encourage diverse pollinators, like bees, birds and insects, can help produce food that is abundant and nutritious.

12 The Internet of Things and the Future of Farming (NYT)

Excerpt:  The Internet of Things presents daunting technical and policy challenges. But smarter farming, for example, shows its potential.

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