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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

November 25, 2015 |

seedstock1 How to have the most sustainable Thanksgiving Ever [Smithsonian Magazine]

Excerpt: You’ve been trying to up your Thanksgiving game every year, adding essence of cardamom to your grandmother’s sweet potato casserole and latticing bacon across your bird.       

                     

2 Local agriculture helps put food on the table this Thanksgiving [Sidney Daily News]

Excerpt: In this turkey-carving season, we often forget our role in putting the Thanksgiving meal on the table.                       

3 Detroit eyes adding livestock to urban farms [Detroit Free Press]

Excerpt: Officials are working on an ordinance that would allow Detroiters to legally raise chickens, ducks, rabbits and goats.                                  

4 Urban farmers find a ‘tunnel’ toward success [Register Guard]

Excerpt: The Cully neighborhood isn’t one of Portland’s celebrated areas, yet. Crime, poverty and neglected properties leave it a bit rough around the edges. But an influx of self-described “homesteaders,” not hipsters, is transforming the northeast Portland neighborhood into a hotbed of urban farming.                                    

5 Ahead of Thanksgiving, tribes earn new grants to support local food and farming [takepart]

Excerpt: At the edge of the South Dakota Badlands, a few miles short of the geographic center of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, lies Thunder Valley.                                 

6 Hydroponics in action is a winning proposition [Vineyard Gazette]

Excerpt: A team from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School is one of five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. 

7 Tips for a sustainable Thanksgiving [Earth911.com]

Excerpt: Looking for some tips on how to help you plan a sustainable Thanksgiving? We’ve got you covered.                            

8 Octorara might build aquaponics greenhouse on campus [LancasterOnline]

Excerpt: Octorara Area School District already has one of the most comprehensive high school agricultural-education programs in the region, but its school board says it wants to further build on that.                                      

9 5 ways to green your Thanksgiving [Philly.com]

Excerpt: It is just about the start of the holiday season. Did you know that according to RecycleWorks, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is the time when household waste increases by more than 25 percent? A great way to be more mindful as well as thankful this holiday for all the good things in your life is to simplify and green your Thanksgiving.                                 

10 World’s largest organic rooftop farm powered 100% by renewables opens in Chicago [Eco Watch]

Excerpt: Gotham Greens has completed the world’s largest urban rooftop farm in Chicago on top of a Method facility. The farm is 100 percent organic and powered by renewable

11 Innovator: Food Trust Exec Director Yael Lehmann [Urban Innovation Exchange]

Excerpt: “Food security” is a concept that has only recently become a part of popular conversation, but for Yael Lehmann, Executive Director of the Philadelphia-based Food Trust, the fight for national food security has been a long-time mission.                                  

12 Have a green Thanksgiving [Patheos]

Excerpt: Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love it because it calls us to remember the bounty of nature, and the debt of gratitude we owe to those first settlers and the native people of this continent.                                 

13 The day before Thanksgiving at the Santa Monica farmers market [LA Times]

Excerpt: For Nate Peitso, Thanksgiving begins in July. The farmer and owner behind Maggie’s Farm planted eleven acres of sage on his Fillmore property late last summer. On Wednesday he will sell most of it within six hours.                                    

14 Meet Appleton’s urban homesteader [Post Crescent]

Excerpt: Harvest festivals, like our Thanksgiving, are a tradition shared across cultures worldwide. Visiting Jacqui Wright’s property is a reminder that gardens, even smaller ones in town, give us reason to give thanks for their ability to nourish the body and support our community.                                  

15 Peter S. Cohan: Freight Farms to grow local greens for Worcester State [Telegram]

Excerpt: Freight Farms, a company co-founded by a locally educated entrepreneur, grows food in shipping containers, and Worcester State University plans to start                              

16 Local food culture brings out a continuous conversation between restaurants and farms [Upstate Business Journal]

Excerpt: Food is intrinsic in our culture and our daily lives. It is a part of our heritage – where we have been and where we are going. Every part of the globe has its own specific view on how we feed ourselves, and it usually boils down to history –150 years ago, most of our food was grown and harvested locally, then with the advent of refrigerated rail cars, within our continental borders.                                  

17 Why small farms may answer big problems [Christian Science Monitor]

Excerpt: As different case studies continue to prove, small-scale urban farming could help ensure food and financial security in local communities.                           

18 Thanksgiving – Farm-to-table style [Herald Standard]

Excerpt: Although it may seem impossible to get a group of farmers together for a dinner, it can be done. At the end of the harvest, with the days getting shorter and the farm hands heading home … that’s when.                                      

19 Wisconsinites once nearly ate wild turkeys into extinction [Wisconsin Public Radio]

Excerpt: For most Americans, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a turkey. But the turkey most of us enjoy has little in common with the wild bird eaten by earlier generations.

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