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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

January 22, 2016 |


seedstock1  An end in sight for the school food fight? [Civil Eats]

Excerpt: A brewing controversy over school food nutrition standards now seems likely to end in a relative victory for children’s health.           

2 Loudoun farmer changes growing methods to meet demands of the times [Washington Post]

Excerpt: At CEA Farms, growing produce hydroponically in greenhouses increases yields while reducing costs.                

3 San Diego City Council committee approves urban agriculture proposal [ABC 10 News]

Excerpt: A proposal to create an incentive for owners to set aside vacant property in San Diego for urban agriculture received a tentative go-ahead Wednesday from the City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee.               

4 MIT’s food computer: The future of urban agriculture? [IEEE Spectrum]

Excerpt: Is urban agriculture on the verge of an Internet-enabled revolution? According to a team of technologists at MIT, this unexpected possibility may yet emerge from a series of recent technological breakthroughs.         

5 Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield? [Policy Innovations]

Excerpt: Midway through spring, the nearly bare planting beds of Carolyn Leadley’s Rising Pheasant Farms, in the Poletown neighborhood of Detroit, barely foreshadow the cornucopian abundance to come. It will be many months before Leadley is selling produce from this one-fifth-acre (one-tenth-hectare) plot.                

6 Urban farming brings an Oklahoma City community together

Excerpt: Urban farming is not new. Ever since cities started growing and getting more populated, people have found unique ways to grow food in unlikely places.             

7 Spiritual farming with Steven Wynbrandt [Jewish Journal]

Excerpt: In Los Angeles, Tu B’Shevat, the agrarian festival also known as the new year for trees, can easily pass unnoticed; after all, the time when the holiday falls — this year on Jan. 25 — is not one of seasonal change here.                        

8 Phoenix Urban Farmers given room to grow with PHX Renews [Downtown Devil]

Excerpt: As urban agriculture spreads through cities across the country, local nonprofit Keep Phoenix Beautiful is dedicated to providing downtown Phoenix residents farming opportunities in their community.              

9 Food system expert: Ark-La-Tex spends $2.2 billion annually on food not grown here [Red River Radio]

Excerpt: A food system expert who helps communities improve access to locally-grown food has completed a market study of the Ark-La-Tex.Ken Meter, president of Minneapolis-based Crossroads Resource Center, will present his findings Saturday on how this region can build a vibrant, sustainable local food economy.

10 East Chicago greenhouse to become organic garden for needy [NWI Times]

Excerpt: A Hoosier-made aquaponics system for growing organic fruits and vegetables with zero waste will be used to feed the hungry. East Chicago officials and Glynn Barber, the inventor of the aquaponics system, were on hand Wednesday for the unveiling at the greenhouse at Washington Park.                  

11 Necessity is driving agricultural innovation indoors [Tech Crunch]

Excerpt: According to the United Nations, the earth will house an estimated 9.7 billion people by 2050. Consequently, more food will need to be produced over the next four decades than has been produced over the last 10,000 years.      

12 These Alaskan vertical farms grow fresh produce–even in January [Co.Exist]

Excerpt: If lettuce grown in California can look a little limp and sad by the time it makes it to New York City, it looks even worse after spending days on a ship to Alaska. So maybe it’s not surprising that the same indoor farms that are being built in Brooklyn are now also showing up in Anchorage.             

13 As types of agriculture jobs change, ag education moves into more populated areas [GreeleyTribune]

Excerpt: In urban and suburban areas, where tractors are relics and corn comes from the grocery store, agricultural education programs are gaining popularity. It’s not because of the illustrious jobs on the farm — those are hard to come by these days.           

14 Shipping containers being reused to grow produce [News-Sentinel]

Excerpt: Shipping containers have been turned into housing, art and even playgrounds. Now, a Boston company is recycling them into high-tech mobile farms as part of a new wave of companies hoping to bring more innovation to agriculture.                 

15 Vertical farming company partners with Indiana University to create course on sustainable farming [CBS Chicago]

Excerpt: A vertical farming company in Portage called Greensense helped create a course at Indiana University South Bend on the future of sustainable farming.             

16 Vertical farming on rise with organic basil [Fresh Plaza]

Excerpt: As aquaponic and hydroponic technology continues to advance, major players in the vertical farming industry are planning to expand into new products and new territories. FarmedHere, an organic basil and microgreens grower based out of Bedford Park, IL, is one such company.

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