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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

October 8, 2015 |


1 Survey: Residents willing to pay more for local produce [Lancaster Farming]

Excerpt: A survey of New Hampshire residents shows that they are willing to pay more for locally grown fruits and vegetables, but they may not always know where to find it.   


2 Agriculture program provides local produce [Alligator]

Excerpt: Every week, Lindsey Barter would wait for food. It comes in a crate stuffed with spinach, tomatoes and pumpkin muffins with jam. Sometimes, the 21-year-old said, the contents would be a surprise.                                  

3 With so many farmers markets in Orange County, some are struggling [LA Times]

Excerpt: It was a hot Saturday morning at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. In the west parking lot, 11 booths were set up for the commercial center’s weekly farmers market, but guests were few and far between.                                   

4 Urban agriculture + placemaking = new economy [The Rapidian]

Excerpt: Levi Gardner of Urban Roots explores different facets in the relationship between urban agriculture and placemaking.                                 

5 The high cost of soil testing for urban agriculture makes financial sustainability questionable [Michigan State University Extension]

Excerpt: Michigan State University Extension applies research from MSU to help Michigan residents solve everyday problems in agriculture, community development, nutrition, family finances, youth development and more.                                     

6 Beltline’s Adair Park urban farm starts to blossom [Creative Loafing Atlanta]

Excerpt: On a four-acre plot of land in Adair Park, seeds are sprouting from dirt. Once a contaminated lot where buses were repaired, the land along the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail is becoming an urban farm.                                 

7 Making use of empty space, urban farming becomes a business [PBS]

Excerpt: With the repurposing of rooftops and abandoned buildings, urban agriculture has grown to be a business in cities like New York and Chicago.                                    

8 How 85,000 worms are helping vacant Detroit lots [Detroit Free Press]

Excerpt: In its effort to revitalize, Detroit is putting even worms to work.                                   

9 Growing Opportunities combines job training, urban farming [Indiana Daily Student]

Excerpt: In a hydroponic greenhouse, adults with disabilities are learning how to grow lettuce while developing job skills.                                      

10 JetBlue to open urban farm [Outside Online]

Excerpt: JetBlue Airways is opening a 24,000-square-foot farm outside Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.                                      

11 Urban farming movement sprouts in Bowling Green [WKU Herald]

Excerpt: On a crisp, late-summer morning while Bowling Green resident Tiara Na’puti knelt on the bed of her garden to dig sweet potatoes, she noticed a young girl lingering by her yard on the way to the school bus.                                      

12 An unexpected romance: Urban farmers and real estate developers [City Lab]

Excerpt: It’s a relationship that’s blossoming in surprising ways.                                      

13 City officials cluck over resident’s request for chickens [Chicago Tribune]

Excerpt: When Peter Kossis pictured his future in Crown Point, it included a house on a few acres of land with some goats and chickens.                                     

14 Cropdots cultivating local food movement by connecting growers to eaters [Sustainable Brands]

Excerpt: Cropdots is a mobile peer-to-peer marketplace that allows local food producers nationwide to connect with and sell to local eaters. Users can photograph and list what they are growing, connect with local shoppers, and sell their produce right in their own neighborhood.                                     

15 Demand for local food continues to grow [News Leader]

Excerpt: Demand for local food in southwest Missouri is strong and growing stronger according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition and health specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.                                                                    

16 Downtown Adrian business takes on aquaponics [Len Connect]

Excerpt: Get Growing in downtown Adrian is experimenting with an innovative way to grow vegetables and fish, and so far it’s working really well.                                  

17 More details on proposed ‘vertical farm’ in South Bend [South Bend Tribune]

Excerpt: An indoor farming operation may be coming to a spot on East Sample Street that hasn’t seen agriculture in well over a century.                                 

18 Wyo. company creates ‘Vertical Farm’ in Milan [Wyoming Business Report]

Excerpt: Bright Agrotech has created the world’s largest food-producing wall.              

19 More Michigan women turning to agriculture [Great Lakes Echo]

Excerpt: There are almost one million female farmers in the U.S., and Michigan alone saw a 17.6 percent increase in women in agriculture between 2007 and 2014.

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