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Weekly Stories of Food Systems Innovation from Around the Country

December 8, 2016 |

Arizona Urban Farming Startup Embraces Aquaponics to Increase Access to Healthy Food


Merchant’s Garden operates a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse; that utilizes an aquaponics system to grow lettuce, various other leafy greens, basils, and a Mexican mint marigold (an edible flower with pedals that are mint). The farm supplies products to about 20 area restaurants, an area food bank, and to the Tucson school district. Produce is selected and delivered within the same day, to ensure freshness. Keep Reading –>


NYC Public Housing Farms – A Twist on Urban Agriculture [NYC Food Policy]
Grant Awarded to Study Sustainable Practices for Urban Agriculture [University of California]
How 11 Cities are Leading the Climate Change Fight [Curbed]
America’s First Urban ‘Agrihood’ Feeds 2,000 Households for Free [Inhabitat]
Oakland Urban Farm Honored for Work with Children [East Bay Times]

Sustainable Agriculture Institute Arms Returning Veterans with Tools to Become Farmers of the Future


Returning military often find themselves struggling to return to normality after serving overseas. Colin Archipley, co-owner of Archi’s Acres in Escondido, CA knows exactly how they feel. He served three tours of duty during the Iraq War that began in 2003. Between his second and third deployment, Colin, along with his wife Karen, bought an inefficiently run avocado farm. Besides starting their own very successful living basil hydroponics farm on the site, the couple created the Archi’s Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (AISA), to help ease the transition of service members from military to civilian life. Keep Reading –>


‘Insurgent Architecture’ Students Built a Mobile Greenhouse to Overcome Urban Ag Challenges [Seedstock]
Paris Startup to Grow ‘Super-Local’ Food in Recycled Shipping containers [Treehugger]
Could Underwater Farming Feed the World? [Popular Science]
Fight Over Soil Causes Deep Rift In Organic Industry [KUNC]
Tampa Bay Innovators Hope Their Indoor Gardening System has Commercial Appeal [Tampa Bay Times]

Master Gardener Program Grows Food and Community Across L.A. County


At the heart of the Los Angeles County Master Gardener Program curriculum is the goal of teaching people to grow food, but the knowledge and skills gained by program participants often lead to greater impacts in local communities. Master Gardener volunteer efforts in communities can result in more productive gardens, implementation of sustainable water use practices, and the creation of effective and well organized school and community gardens. Keep Reading –>


Ten Ways to Shift Focus from Feeding People to Nourishing Them [Nature]
The Obama Administration Announces New Steps to Advance Soil Sustainability []
You Could Soon Pay More Money for Worse Food. Thanks, Donald Trump [WaPo]
Philly’s New Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant Brings Everyone To The Table [NPR]
In Battle Against Malnutrition, UN Expert Says Junk Food is Real Culprit [Civil Eats]

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