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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

February 12, 2016 |

 

seedstock1 Welcome to the ‘agrihood’: homes built around working farms [Washington Post]

Excerpt: Gated communities with houses clustered around golf courses, swimming pools, party rooms and fitness centers are common in many suburban areas. But homes built adjacent to functioning farms?                 

2 Elkhart County, Indiana featured in film about food systems [Goshen News]

Excerpt: Thanks to rich soil and relatively flat topography, Indiana has the ability to feed itself. Yet an estimated 90 percent of the food Hoosiers eat is imported from elsewhere.                  

3 The food movement is small? Not from where we sit, it isn’t. [Washington Post]

Excerpt: In her latest column for The Washington Post, “The surprising truth about the ‘food movement,’ ” Tamar Haspel argues that the number of people who really care about where their food comes from, how it is grown and its impact on our health and the environment is surprisingly small.            

4 What Philadelphians want at the farmstand changes block by block [Grid Philly]

Excerpt: Farmer Anita McCann Hepler piled bushels of freshly picked sweet corn on her table at the4th Street and Lehigh Avenue Food Trust farmers market and watched, puzzled—week after week—as none of the mostly Hispanic shoppers bought a single ear.                  

5 Beyond farm-to-table meals: Bringing fresh food to Michigan’s schools [Second Wave]

Excerpt: There’s no doubt that we, as a society, need to start thinking more about where our food comes from. The push to support local programs and to ‘get to know your farmer’ has been growing and attitudes about food are changing.            

6 Will climate change move agriculture indoors? And will that be a good thing? [Grist]

Excerpt: As climate change does its thing to America, what it is going to do to the nation’s food supply is still an open question. Will California’s Central Valley, which grows a third of the produce eaten in the U.S., wither into a vegetable ghost town?              

7 Talking hops with the women of craft beer [Bloomberg]

Excerpt: It’s 2016, and while there’s still plenty of progress to be made, the world of craft producing (and enjoying) is treating itself like less of a boys’ club. As of two years ago,Nielsen research found that women make up 32 percent of this country’s brew-crushing population, with 21 percent of stateside craft breweries having women in top positions according to a study by Stanford.                 

8 Cover crops, a farming revolution with deep roots in the past [New York Times]

Excerpt: When Mark Anson came home with his hair on fire after a seminar on the seemingly soporific topic of soil health, his younger brother, Doug, was skeptical                 

9 Mobile produce market targets urban shoppers, food deserts in Phoenix [AZ Central]

Excerpt: Figuring out how to get to the supermarket — and get back home before her groceries spoil — is a stressful ordeal for 74-year-old Ursula Osburn. Although she lives in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the closest supermarket is more than a mile away.

10 This vegan restaurant is feeding a low-income food desert [Munchies]

Excerpt: Perhaps the highest praise you can give a vegan dish is that it doesn’t taste like vegan food. Thankfully, a lot of dishes at Stuff I Eat pass that test. If you were to somehow miss the menu descriptions, you might not realize your orders of mac and “cheese,” enchilada pie, and nachos don’t contain any meat or dairy.          

11 Home hydroponics [Buffalo Spree]

Excerpt: I love the cooler months because I finally find the time to write, clean my house, and grow vegetables indoors. I have three Aerogardens. These use only water and nutrients to grow plants from seed to maturity. I presently am growing four kinds of greens.                 

12 This South Philly hydroponic vertical farm is booming and has plans to go restaurant [Newswork]

Excerpt: What do South Philly, changing the world, and tomatoes have in common? Probably more than I realize. But at least one common denominator is Metropolis Farms, a vertical-farming, hydroponic, vegan farm on South Water Street.           

13 Students learn urban farming with new Mesa Community College degree [AZ Central]

Excerpt: Andre Chambers, 22, struggled to find his calling. After high school, he began studies in criminal justice at Mesa Community College in 2011. A year later, he decided the career path wasn’t the right fit and took another year away from school.

14 Instead of evicting city farmers from his new land, owner sows shocking goodwill [Good News Network]

Excerpt: Even though they had been using land that didn’t belong to them, a handful of elderly urban farmers must have been cultivating a crop of goodwill –because they harvested a gift of 8 acres of new land. Real estate developer Bob Clark of Grayco, Inc., whenever he drove by on the highway, had always been fascinated to see the urban farmers work a stretch of land near the airport in St. Louis, Missouri.        

15 This Native American chef is championing food justice in the most innovative way [Mic]

Excerpt: Access to healthy food is a social justice and public health issue. But it is a concern that receives far less attention than other systemic forms of inequity — like police misconduct or mass incarceration — despite the ways food insecurity wreaks havoc on the bodies of vulnerable populations in the U.S.                   

16 Chipotle Commits $10 million to help local farmers [Business Wire]

Excerpt: Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced today at its national employee meeting the formation of the Chipotle Local Grower Support Initiative, a new program to help smaller, local suppliers meet its heightened food safety standards.       

17 California farmers reap record sales in record drought [Seattle Times]

Excerpt: A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died.

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