Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup Thursday, September 3, 2015
September 3, 2015 | seedstock
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: We tour Fenway Farm, a 5,000 square foot garden on a rooftop of Fenway Park.
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.
Excerpt: Do you know where the food you last ate came from?
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: The city of Charlottesville has a problem – a nine-story structure in the middle of its historic downtown mall.
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.
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.
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.
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.