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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

December 29, 2015 |

 

seedstock1 Farm your yard: Insects that farm [KBIA]

Excerpt: Halloween 2015 is becoming a distant memory. I am not ready, however, to let go of telling spooky scary stories, so I’ve got one for you today.            

2 Portland food economy ‘truly spans farm to table,’ could be more equitable, says PSU study [Oregon Live]

Excerpt: The food economy is the fastest-growing sector in Portland. It is 10 percent of all jobs in Portland, according to a new study by Portland State University researchers.                 

3 Hydroponics: A farming revolution [Fox 5 New York]

Excerpt: Inside a 300,000 square foot greenhouse in Riverhead LI, a farming revolution is growing. But its not ‘what’ is being grown.  It’s how and when it is grown.                                      

4 Hydroponics garden shows the possibility of indoor growing [Good4Utah]

Excerpt: Despite the snow and cold, small gardens are growing right now in Utah using water and the sun. Lettuce, strawberries, kale; all of this is growing in December in the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food building in Salt Lake City.                                   

5 Futuristic farming: Leafy vegetables grow on shelves [The Medina County Gazette]

Excerpt: A pinkish glow lights the inside of a warehouse in Medina’s industrial district. The source — rows of LED lights — provide year-round sunlight, snow or shine, to hundreds of plants.

6 Urban Till registers with restaurants who want local, fresh produce [Chicago Tribune]

Excerpt: The old Sunbeam factory on the Far West Side of Chicago is buzzing by 5 a.m. Urban Till employees are harvesting, packaging and getting produce ready to ship to more than 100 local restaurants so it can be on diners’ plates later that day.                

7 Sustainable school [Circular Head Chronicle]

Excerpt: When past students Callum Poke and Jarod Elphinstone were introduced to national initiative, Philmac Project’s grant scheme, the boys brainstormed water-based ideas that would benefit their school, coming up with a water-recycling system.              

8 Collaboration is key to Alaska’s food security [Food Tank]

Excerpt: The Alaska Food Policy Council (AFPC) spearheads the navigation of Alaska’s food system, which is complicated by its distance from the continental United States. It encourages collaboration amongst Alaskan farmers, fisheries, state institutions and agencies, tribal entities, and consumers.             

9 North Stonington students learn modern farming methods via aquaponics system [The Day]

Excerpt: Michael Shugrue has big plans for a long-neglected greenhouse in the corner of Wheeler Middle/High School’s campus. For many years, the greenhouse largely sat empty, lacking a heating system, with the remains of a defunct irrigation system hanging from the ceiling.

10 Shrimp arrives on the farm [Ag Web]

Excerpt: Every morning, Rick Clymer walks into his barn and tends a growing crop. He patiently peers into 13 Walmart 16’ swimming pools to ensure feed, health, and water temperatures are at optimal levels, before moving on to harvesting and filling orders – all year round.

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