Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup
September 17, 2015 | seedstock
Excerpt: Four months ago, a Farm Day for youth in Nevada County was nothing more than a seed of an idea Agricultural Commissioner Chris Flores planted in the local farm resource community.
Excerpt: As the fall-like temperatures hit our area a festival celebrating local agriculture is underway.
Excerpt: Planning Commission will discuss proposed changes to the city’s zoning codes.
4 10 companies feeding the urban farming boom [Green Biz]
Excerpt: From shipping containers to personalized produce, a look at the cutting edge of urban ag.
Excerpt: Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Cities and farmers are now thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.
Excerpt: Chef Rene Redzepi will close Noma at the end of 2016.
Excerpt: Too often, we see the present and the future in terms of ‘either/or,’ when, in actuality, the relation is more like ‘both/and.’
Excerpt: With the cackling of hens and the crowing of one rooster strutting around the chicken coop, the students at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy went about their work putting in fresh water and hay and talking among themselves.
Excerpt: As we celebrate a decade of publishing in Detroit, we look back on the growth of the city’s urban agriculture movement in recent years.
10 Little Crop Circles aims to help people grow more food in less space with less water [Tree Hugger]
Excerpt: A new kind of watering device promises to ‘grow more food in any climate, anywhere,’ whether used in gardens, farms, or containers.
Excerpt: He was speaking to a class of beginning beekeepers, but Joe Maresh’s advice probably could apply to all the prospective farmers who attended Oregon State University’s one-day Small Farms School: ‘Take your stings.’
Excerpt: The grant will help the Massachusetts Avenue Project build a Farmhouse Community Center.
Excerpt: The device on Catalina Island and in Parkside Gardens will collectively produce 3,700 plants and 80 pounds of fish.
14 Spooky Folk’s Christopher Brown Set to Open an Aquaponics Autism Center in Denton [Dallas Observer]
Excerpt: When he graduated from the University of North Texas with degree in psychology and philosophy, Christopher Brown found himself $30,000 in debt and short on job prospects. The Spooky Folk drummer took what work he could get, taking two jobs to cover his loan payments, and to pay the rent.
Excerpt: Lafayette Reed dipped a paper strip into a large fish tank and waited a couple of minutes before comparing its color with a chart on the side of a bottle to measure nitrate levels of water being pumped from the reservoir into planting beds above. The program is intended to teach inmates skills both applicable in their pursuit of their high school diplomas and transferable to a new and burgeoning field of environmentally sustainable farming.
It’s a big words for some little kids – but Riverfield Country Day School students are learning hydroponic gardening.
Excerpt: Bunnell students grow food using hydroponics.
18 World’s First Hydraulic-Driven Vertical Farm Produces 1 Ton of Vegetables Every Other Day [Eco Watch]
Excerpt: Year-round vegetables, minimal resources, climate-resistant—we’ve sung praises about vertical farms many times before. But Singapore’s Sky Greens is something very special.
Excerpt: Traditional farming is taking a huge toll on the environment—a problem that’s set to worsen due to our ever-growing global population. Yet there are some high-tech solutions. Here’s what you need to know about the burgeoning practice of controlled-environment agriculture and how it’s set to change everything from the foods we eat to the communities we live in.
Excerpt: While some of the press about the rise of urban farming suggests that it’s merely the province of hipsters, the truth is that done correctly and at scale, it can be a sustainable, and ultimately profitable use of valuable city space that can bring farmers and shoppers much closer together.