Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup
November 12, 2015 | seedstock
Excerpt: Eating habits are changing across the country and food companies are struggling to keep up.
Excerpt: In south Seattle, an urban farm is producing more than fruits and vegetables. Homeless youth are turning their lives around through hard
Excerpt: Just six companies control 63 percent of the commercial seed market. But seed libraries offer us an opportunity to reclaim the seed commons and create our own community food systems.
Excerpt: Food leaders make their case for what needs fixing, and how we might try to fix it.
Excerpt: Philly Foodworks acts as a conduit between the modern farmer and the modern conscious eater.
Excerpt: When it comes to nutrition access, the focus should be on poverty, not grocery-store location.
Excerpt: Sustainable living is possible even for urban dwellers. And the size of your home or land doesn’t matter now, even people living in loft apartments, studio-type condominiums or small homes can achieve the joys of growing their own food by Aquaponics.
Excerpt: Sally Eason and company bring fish-and-food industry to Smith Mill Works site.
Excerpt: Last week, I said that I would write about a recent trip to an aquaponics farm in Raleigh. Lately, aquaponics has become a hot topic, although some have confused it with hydroponics, which is also still popular.
Excerpt: Let’s try again: Imagine you could grow your food at home, year-round, using a futuristic aquarium/garden system!
Excerpt: Fue Yang walks by rows of yu choy, an Asian green with bright yellow flowers, and rows of freshly planted garlic on the farm he runs with his parents.
Excerpt: Two big bonds for Missoula County Public Schools passed Tuesday night. The bonds are worth $158 million.
Excerpt: Hauling feed, herding pigs, long hours. Farming is hard. And 25-year-old Leanna Mulvihill loves it. Young farmers like Mulvihill are bright green shoots in a field full of old growth.
Excerpt: Co-founders of the Somerville-based startup Grove enable people to grow their own produce with an intelligent indoor gardening appliance.
Excerpt: That sunny window is ripe for reaping winter’s harvest. A fun DIY project, indoor window farms are easy to manage. Your next ingredient is just steps away.
Excerpt: Quality of life, cost controls, and job creation can all stem from the blue-green projects Detroit is starting to think about.
Excerpt: Lisa Evans and Tim Smith left full-time teaching careers in Boston Public Schools to start their microgreens business at home in Roslindale.
Excerpt: A nearly one-acre urban farm in downtown Reno is looking for a new home after its lease expired. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey has more.
Excerpt: Vegas Roots is working to bring together the diverse community of Las Vegas by growing organic produce and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Excerpt: For someone who now holds a very specific, focused job—Chief Operating Officer at urban farming business Brooklyn Grange, helping run the two largest rooftop farms in the world and leading the firm’s green design and installations division—Gwen Schantz, 34, has taken a rather meandering path.
21 St Louis self storage operator wave storage leases rooftop for urban farming project [Inside Self Storage]
Excerpt: Wave Storage, a self-storage operator serving the Loft District in downtown St. Louis, is earning nearly $10,000 per year by leasing its 9,000-square-foot rooftop space to Urban Harvest, a nonprofit community-garden program.
Excerpt: Your local produce is about to get a lot more local, when the indoor farm company launches 18 new sites.
Excerpt: Venture capitalists put more money into the food and agriculture industries year after year, hoping to get in early with the companies that could transform the way the world eats.
Excerpt: If we keep farming like we’ve been for the past century, we’ll end up with millions starving and a planet denuded of trees.
Excerpt: When it comes to reducing consumer food waste, guilt doesn’t cut it. Here’s what does.