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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup Thursday, September 3, 2015

September 3, 2015 |

seedstock1 Agriculture chief touts local products in Fayette County visit []

Excerpt: Although the number of acres devoted to agriculture has declined in Fayette County since 2007, state Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding said a number of younger people, including women, are attempting to get into farming and related agricultural businesses.                                

2 Atlanta looking for its first Urban Agriculture Director [Atlanta Daily World]

Excerpt: ATLANTA –  In order to ensure urbanites have better access to, and an advocate for, healthy local food options, Mayor Kasim Reed announced he will appoint the first Urban Agriculture Director.                                     

3 Urban agriculture takes root in Indy [Agrinews]

Excerpt: INDIANAPOLIS — Growing Places Indy is spreading urban agriculture in Indianapolis by providing access to locally grown food and teaching the skills needed to operate a farm.                                

4 Urban Agriculture Summit set for October in Richmond [Augusta Free Press]

Excerpt: Registration is open for Virginia’s third Urban Agriculture Summit, which will be held Oct. 22 and 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Richmond.                           

5 Man turns people’s yards into micro urban farms; everyone benefits [Fox 31 Denver]

Excerpt: LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Sean Conway of Lakewood is a new kind of farmer. Learning agriculture and farming in the peace corps, returning home he had an idea that started to grow on him.                    

6 Micro urban farming  [Atlanta Magazine]

Excerpt: Turning vacant lots into urban farms is nothing new, but a few innovators are taking intown agriculture to another level. Micro­enterprises such as Widdernshins Urban Farmstead in East Point operate on just a fifth of an acre.                                    

7 A New Take On The ‘Green’ In Green Monster: Urban Farming At Fenway [Radio Boston]

Excerpt: We tour Fenway Farm, a 5,000 square foot garden on a rooftop of Fenway Park.                                    

8 Local food movement is growing jobs in New York (Commentary) []

Excerpt: USDA official: In New York, federal agency has invested in 758 local food projects to expand markets for local food from the state’s 35,000 farms.                                

9 Community promotes eating locally while doubling SNAP benefits [WPSD Local 6]

Excerpt: Do you know where the food you last ate came from?                              

10 Aquaponics a growing success at farmers markets : The (402)/411 [Journal Star]

Excerpt: With absolutely no irony, Jeff Jirovec will tell you he’s living the dream. He’s 27 years old and owns his own farm — Grow With the Flow — where he engages in unique, sustainable agricultural practices.                             

11 Aquaponics service and supply store to open in Old Bisbee [Sierra Vista Herald]

Excerpt: BISBEE — Bisbee will soon have its very own aquaponics supply store, which will open before the end of the month in the storefront at Bisbee Chiropractic and Natural Health Center, 120 Naco Road in Old Bisbee.                         

12 How Hydroponics Could Revolutionize Farming in Africa [Bloomberg]

Excerpt: Hydroponic farming, which uses minerals instead of soil to grow plants, is starting to take root in Africa. Bloomberg meets one of the Kenya-based pioneers of the technology who believes the technique will revolutionise farming on the continent.                                    

13 Vertical Farming: An Upward Idea for a Charlottesville Eyesore [WVTF Public Radio]

Excerpt: The city of Charlottesville has a problem – a nine-story structure in the middle of its historic downtown mall.                                   

14 Vertical Farms: The Future of Agriculture? [Eco Watch]

Excerpt: Vertical farming has been hailed as the solution to feeding a growing planet. PBS series The Good Stuff investigates it as part of the ‘Future of Food’ series.                                

15 Edenworks Is Building The Future Of Food On Urban Rooftops [Tech Crunch]

Excerpt: Avocados from Mexico. Apples from Chile. Broccoli from China. If you take a look at the stickers on the produce you’re buying at the grocery store, chances are they’ll read something like this.                                 

16 Chicago beekeepers find mystery, meditation and honey at their hives [Red Eye Chicago]

Excerpt: You never know what you might find on a Chicago rooftop—a classy lounge, a chill patio, a collection of lawn chairs. But from the Loop to the neighborhoods, there are a few rooftops that are home to a different kind of buzz—the literal buzz of hundreds of thousands of honeybees.                            

17 Virginia Man Turning Waste Heat Into Rooftop Greenhouses [WAMU]

Excerpt: As the world’s population grows, scientists are thinking about new ways to produce food. One man from Virginia is leading the way by cultivating crops in surprising places.                                  

18 Amazon is testing farmers market produce delivery [Los Angeles Times]

Excerpt:Imagine getting greens and herbs from Maggie’s Farm, Mangalitsa pork from Peads & Barnetts, black cod from Wild Local Seafood and melons from Weiser Family Farms all delivered to your doorstep within 36 hours of harvest, ordered with just a mouse click.

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