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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

October 1, 2015 |


1 Table to Farm [Desert Sun]seedstock

Excerpt: At Jim Denevan’s first pop-up dinner in 1999 in Santa Cruz, almost half of the 60 guests in attendance were his friends and family.

2 Inspired by ‘Back to the Future,’ this machine turns food waste into energy [GeekWire]

Excerpt: Many people in the Northwest separate out their table scraps, wilted leaves and old fruit, carting them off eventually to a compost bin or joining their grass clippings and pruning remains in the green waste bin.

3 New Financial Data Helps the Local Food Sector Grow [Food Tank]

Excerpt: Data dive explores financials at wholesale end of local food sector.

4 City of Lawrence finalizing standards for new urban agriculture plan [KSHB]

Excerpt: Last month, Lawrence city planners sent a survey to people in the community to see what their challenges were when it comes to growing their own food.

5 Stone’s Throw Urban Farm finds city spaces to grow produce [Star Tribune]

Excerpt: Elizabeth Makarewicz was up to her elbows in brightly colored peppers of all sizes and shapes.

6 Boosting the agriculture industry: Encouraging young people to farm [WBNG]

Excerpt: Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton) State Senate District 52 candidate Fred Akshar (R) hosted a roundtable discussion Tuesday with local farmers, elected officials and agriculture students focused on fixing the obstacles local farmers face.

7 Ag impacts local economy to the tune of $290 million [Herald and News]

Excerpt: In Klamath County, every dollar generated in agriculture generates another dollar in local economic activity. And for every 10 agricultural jobs, six other jobs in the community are created.

8 Mike Perry unveils local agriculture platform [My Kawartha]

Excerpt: NDP federal election candidate includes local farmers’ specific needs and ideas in new plan.

9 Rauner parts ways with agriculture director, state fair chief [Chicago Tribune]

Excerpt: Both the head of the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the director of the Illinois State Fair submitted their resignations Thursday, a month after they announced attendance at the annual event was down by half.

10 No lawn. No pool. Hello, urban farm [News Review]

Excerpt: Sacramento agriculturalists turn their yards into gardens to feed the city.

11 4 Innovative Urban Farms Changing the American Landscape [Eco Watch]

Excerpt: Wetrock Farm and The Cannery are part of agriburbia or agrihood movement, where developers are luring people by planning suburban developments around farms.

12 Asian vegetables enrich and extend the autumn garden [Washington Post]

Excerpt: Delving into the world of Asian vegetables in a suburban plot.

13 Mattapan’s oldest building to become a center for urban farming [The Boston Globe]

Excerpt: Community leaders are kicking off a campaign to raise over $1 million to restore the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm.

14 How To Keep IoT Hunters And Poachers Out Of Your Food And Farms [Tech Crunch]

Excerpt: A drone equipped to “sniff” Zigbee flew over an Austin neighborhood in early August and found almost 1,600 devices. It’s a sign of how ubiquitous these..

15 What the ag tech boom means for Big Food [Green Biz]

Excerpt: Excerpt: From Monsanto to Smithfield Foods to Safeway, a look at how food industry incumbents are swallowing a wave of change.                                   

16 Grow Local [Scene Newspaper]

Excerpt: Before farmed, it was merely an idea, a response to the predominant, yet ailing food system.                                  

17 America’s Shrinking Farms: A look at more sustainable food production [Food Tank]

Excerpt: Food Tank speaks with Dory Carr-Harris about feeding the future.                                     

18 Too Much Pizza: College Kids Care About Natural Eating [Huffington Post]

Excerpt: As much as my own cafeteria at school has attempted to make more healthy foods available to students, there’s still pizza, French fries, and burgers served daily. Six students had enough. After garnering over 100 students and staff to help out, the Brandeis Rooftop Farm was born.

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