Posts By Deanna Krinn
More local farmers were able to get their wares directly to consumers this year, according to a study released in early August from the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2011 National Farmers Market Directory.
Since 2010, the number of farmers markets across the country has grown by more than 1,000, allowing the largest number of farmers ever the ability to sell their products directly to their local community. A total of 7,175 markets currently operate in the U.S. compared to 6,132 in 2010.
Airports and fresh produce are traditionally not two things that go hand in hand. Between the fast food joints as far as the eye can see and the carts selling sandwiches and salads from who-knows-where, sustainable or locally grown food is not on the list of dining options in most major travel hubs in the United States.
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is looking to change that with the opening of the O’Hare Urban Garden, an aeroponic garden located on the mezzanine level of the second-busiest airport in the world.
That’s how Fort Lauderdale Vegetables LLC, a company that is focused on the development of a sustainable urban farming system that will create a network of secure healthy food sources and provide local jobs and vocational training in the sustainable agricultural industry, came into being in 2010.
For years immaculately manicured golf courses have passed for ‘green settings’ advertised in brochures selling cookie cutter homes in suburban neighborhoods throughout the United States. But now, according to a recent Wall Street Journal Article many developers are now creating neighborhoods centered around a new kind of ‘green setting’ – organic farms, grazing pastures for cattle and grape vineyards.
Those interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture can get a hands-on experience next week (Sept. 12 – 18) at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems Week of Sustainable Agriculture event in North Carolina.
“The idea of Sustainable Agriculture Week is celebrating local agriculture and what is produced on local farms,” said CEFS associate director John O’Sullivan to Technicianonline.com.