Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup
October 29, 2015 | seedstock
Excerpt: Nonprofit will first lease land for $105 per acre per year, then buy each acre for about $3,500.
Excerpt: Mayor Kasim Reed announced Thursday, Oct. 22, that Mario Cambardella has been named urban agriculture director and will join the administration on Dec. 3.
Excerpt: Edible education is the goal of a new partnership between Renown Health and local nonprofit Urban Roots, which teaches kids about where their food comes from.
4 Federal funding helps boost urban agriculture in Detroit [Centre Daily Times]
Excerpt: Federal funding is helping to boost urban agriculture efforts in Detroit. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan on Monday visited Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men to announce $4,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding.
Excerpt: Renaissance Pointe Urban Farm was developed at 2518 Winter St. in the lot where the former fire station No. 9 stood decades ago. Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and neighborhood leaders gathered to introduce the garden.
Excerpt: According to a recent USDA-Economic Research Agency report, producer participation in local food systems is growing and the value of local food sales, defined as the sale of food for human consumption through both direct-to-consumer and intermediated marketing channels, appears to be increasing.
Excerpt: Will Allen, CEO and founder of the Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization “Growing Power” toured the city to talk about the challenges facing today’s food system and to help launch a new partnership between three local groups.
Excerpt: Saturday was National Food Day and there was plenty to celebrate about Rhode Island’s food industry. During a downtown food festival, leaders and pioneers in the local food movement explained how they are connecting Rhode Island’s restaurants and culinary arts sector with farming, education, environmentalism, entrepreneurism and social justice.
Excerpt: Jeremy Bloom is an Internet farmer. Presumably you don’t know what that means. We didn’t either, so we called him up to ask. It turns out he’s a very diversified “farmer,” with his finger in many pies, including software development, urban agriculture, teaching fermentation classes and marketing restaurants.
Excerpt: A new state-of-the-art food hub opens Friday in Falcon Heights. The Good Acre will address the two biggest barriers to increasing local food, identified in a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report: meeting food safety requirements at the national and state level, as well as distributing produce to mainstream markets.
Excerpt: After two years of planning, raising funds and building a greenhouse, Lidgerwood Public School’s aquaponics lab is starting to function.
Excerpt: The Forum Group Charitable Foundation presented a $100,000 check to fund the creation of Armstrong State University’s Aquaponics Research Center on Oct. 1, whose mission is to conduct cutting-edge research, and to develop technologies and best practices that improve the sustainability and profitability of soilless farming techniques.
Excerpt: The MSUM Student Sustainability Association is working on an exciting new project this year. The SSA, Green Dragons and the Sustainability Department have been particularly active, with a host of projects including the removal of trash cans in classrooms, the installation of more efficient light bulbs and water bottle refilling stations.
Excerpt: Although Michael Bavas says his tilapia would taste delicious in Temple’s cafeterias, they are not on the menu. Instead, they’re used in an aquaponics program he founded in 2013 at the Aquaponics Research Lab at Temple Ambler.
Excerpt: In California, an area highly publicized for its severe water woes, agriculture alone uses 80 percent of the state’s water supply — yet farmers are forced to use less water and sacrifice crops for the good of the masses.
Excerpt: A Wyoming-based vertical urban farming company, Bright Agrotech, has identified wall space as a potential space for urban farming in the city. Their lightweight hydroponic systems can be attached to any wall, potentially space along sidewalks or behind buildings.
Excerpt: Matros is CEO of FarmedHere, the largest indoor vertical farm in North America. At 90,000 square feet, the Bedford, Illinois farm is a leader in a growing agriculture movement that grows crops without soil and sunlight.
Excerpt: If you’ve noticed an increasing number of signs at the grocery store touting local produce and meat, don’t be surprised. Retailers are trying to ride a hot business trend.
Excerpt: Detroit Ento is an Eastern Market-based startup that’s turning locally sourced insects into food products.