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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

November 6, 2015 |


seedstock1 Local Agriculture Law Firm Launches Website to Help Growers with Recalls [Benitolink]

Excerpt: On Nov. 1, a BuzzFeed News headline stated: “Chipotle Has Closed Nearly 50 Restaurants Because People May Have Caught E. Coli From Their Food.” This was followed up by the statement that “At least 22 people in Oregon and Washington have contracted the infection after eating at Chipotle restaurants since Oct. 14, the Oregon Health Authority said.”     


2 USDA Blog » Puerto Rico Works with USDA to Strengthen Local Food Systems [USDA]

Excerpt: The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide. The small island is full of natural wonders, rich culture and bountiful agriculture. Yet few realize that much of the food eaten by residents and visitors alike comes from other places.                            

3 Enlisting veterans to remedy the shortage of farmers [New York Times]

Excerpt: Veterans need work and agriculture needs farmers. Now, with the help of nonprofits that are connecting the two, those who once served in the military are producing food.                                    

4 Urban farming trend growing in Orlando [Forward Florida]

Excerpt: Capitalizing on the many rooftops and urban landscapes of downtown Orlando, Executive Director Brent Buffington of Growing Orlando is bringing produce to palates in a new way.                                  

5 Fort Wayne’s first urban farm brings fresh produce to food desert [WBOI]

Excerpt: There are parts of Fort Wayne where residents don’t have access to fresh, affordable food. These areas are known as food deserts and can be found around urban parts of the country.                                    

6 The Federal Forager: D.C.’s urban farms make the most of limited real estate [dcist]

Excerpt: Already a farmers’ market mecca, we’re starting to see everything from pop-up rooftop gardens to hydroponics facilities taking root in the District.                                   

7 Davenport Mid City High School breaks ground on urban farm [KWQC]

Excerpt: A new urban farming project at Mid City High School has students learning through the land. Today the students broke ground on a new urban farming project.                             

8 Design trust and farming concrete release world’s first public urban agriculture database [Arch Daily]

Excerpt: The Design Trust for Public Space and Farming Concrete have released the Farming Concrete Data Collection Toolkit: the first public platform for gathering, tracking and understanding urban agriculture production and the benefits of community gardens, urban farms and school gardens.               

9 The need for technological agriculture [The Appalachian]

Excerpt: Before the Industrial Revolution, most people farmed for themselves. When the Industrial Revolution occurred, we were able to produce a hundred times more food than previously expected.

10 Local food movement pioneer in Basalt shares fruits of success  []

Excerpt: Basalt Mountain resident Jerome Osentowski has nurtured a reputation as a nationally renowned forest gardener through a lot of hard work, a little heartbreak and a lot of community support over the past 29 years.                                 

11 Urban farming takes root in Hartford [Hartford Business]

Excerpt: More vacant parcels and derelict buildings across the country are returning to productive use as urban farms and other food-related enterprises, according to a recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute.               

12 Start-up bets on fish poop to grow dinner [CNBC]

Excerpt: Gabe Blanchet, co-founder and CEO of Grove, delivers his 60 second pitch to a panel of experts.                                   

13 IN THE GARDEN: Hydroponics a growing trend in vegetables [The Enterprise]

Excerpt: This is the story of a tomato now sold in several supermarkets in the New England area.                               

14 Study on local food industry [Journal Gazette]

Excerpt: A $43,000 federal grant will allow northeast Indiana to study and strengthen the region’s food industry, officials announced Wednesday.

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