Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup
March 4, 2016 | seedstock
Excerpt: When war veterans come home to start life in the civilian world, it can be hard to acclimate to new jobs. Cindy Chastain, farmer veteran coordinator for the National AgrAbility Project, said veterans can suffer from traumatic injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
Excerpt: Aiming to boost access to healthy food while sprucing up blighted properties, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved a new community garden incentive program Monday.
Excerpt: The last of the evening light had disappeared, stealing the incandescence from a million pink and white almond blossoms. Inside the modest conference room of a research facility once operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture , the South Valley Bee Club convened its regular meeting.
Excerpt: Terreform ONE unveiled a prototype for the Urban Farm Pod, a futuristic food production capsule that “plugs in ecology” into areas where agriculture is scarce.
Excerpt: A new type of agriculture has recently taken shape in American cities. Vacant properties and high-rise rooftops are morphing into farms, yielding fresh produce and honey, and exposing urban dwellers to the once strictly rural activity of food production.
Excerpt: Credit the growing interest in urban farming with the need for a course on goat tending at the City Folks Farm Shop in Clintonville this weekend. Annie Warmke, owner of Blue Rock Station farm, teaches Goat College.“There is a lot of interest and it’s really growing – not just in the Columbus area but across the United States,” Warmke said.
Excerpt: Two thirds of urban farmers have a social mission that goes beyond food production and profits, finds new research led by NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Excerpt: Walking through Philly just north of West Girard Avenue, it’s hard to not feel discouraged. On Girard Avenue and below, the neighborhood known as Brewerytown is rapidly gentrifying with new restaurants and homes going up.
Excerpt: Today, dozens of companies will vouch for your product claims — for a price. But the most important food certification isn’t what you think
Excerpt: Since the fall an aquaponics program instituted by Hannahville’s Youth Services Department has provided both employment for local…
Excerpt: The Growing Mount Hope agricultural project is moving forward despite setbacks involving land use, project manager Tammy Stein reported to Mount Hope City Council during a meeting Tuesday.
Excerpt: Ready for a look at the future of farming? Metropolis Farms in Philly is making waves as the first vegan-certified farm in the nation. On top of that (literally), it’s also the first hydroponic vertical farm, occupying 36 square feet in a second floor space.
Excerpt: The vertical farming industry is on the rise and soon South Bend will have its own operation sprouting up. It’s all thanks to a partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and Green Sense Farms.
Excerpt: A lot of places have claimed to be the so-called “Shrimp capital of the world,” including Brunswick, Georgia, Morgan City, Louisiana, and, most recently, Mazatlán, Mexico.
Excerpt: Despite chilly winds and a surprise snowfall, a group of University of Minnesota students packed themselves into small shuttles Sunday morning for the opportunity to buy fresh groceries.
Excerpt: Charlie Tennessen’s trade is software development but his passion is farming. Ten years ago, he moved onto a 4-acre parcel in Racine County to pursue that passion.
Excerpt: Could it, or could it not? The perennial discussion as to whether organic food production could actually feed the globe is back at the debate table. And the data culled for this latest report suggests that turning to increased organic food production to feed the globe isn’t really a far-fetched idea.
Excerpt: Agribusinesses are increasingly using computer databases to enable farmers to grow crops more efficiently and with less environmental impact. Experts hope this data, detailing everything from water use to crop yields, can also help the developing world grow more food.