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Posts By Nina Ignaczak

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

November 21, 2014 |

seedstockWalmart Commits to More Sustainable Food. Is it Serious?

Excerpt: On Monday, Walmart held its second semi-annual Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting — webcast live and re-aired the following day — and announced a new pledge to help create a more sustainable food system. Taken at face value, the country’s largest food retailer appears to be making a real commitment to help develop a healthier, more affordable, and less environmentally damaging food supply.  Walmart’s real legacy in this area, though, will be measured by how much concrete action follows its ambitious commitments.

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Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

November 14, 2014 |

seedstockIn urban farming, a different taste of L.A.

Excerpt: The tour was organized by Seedstock, a Los Angeles-based company that offers consulting services and disseminates information about sustainable food projects. It hosts an annual conference on sustainable agriculture, which begins Wednesday at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. This year’s theme is “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities.”

Source: LA Times Read More

Seedstock 2014 Field Trip Explores LA’s Diverse Urban Agriculture Scene

November 12, 2014 |

postIMG_0168Urban agriculturists and sustainable food enthusiasts toured across the Los Angeles metropolitan area Tuesday, the first day of Seedstock’s Reintegrating Agriculture conference, visiting a broad array of urban agriculture taking root in the city

First stop: The rooftop of the Jonathan Club, where the venerable old private social club has installed a rooftop farm in partnership with Farmscape to supply its restaurant. Visitors were treated to a variety of pastries and fruit drinks derived from ingredients grown right on the rooftop. Read More

Seedstock’s Weekly News Roundup

November 7, 2014 |

seedstockWhat the Doctor Ordered: Urban Farming

Excerpt: At a dead-end street in a blighted section of this city, crumbling roofs of old factories, smokestacks and the Interstate 95 overpass loom overhead, casting long shadows on an October afternoon. Along one end of a field, children play soccer; on the other, men stand around motorcycles, sipping from beer cans.

This is hardly the city’s garden spot. Yet alongside the street, on a quarter-acre of land tucked between a muddy parking lot and the Quinnipiac River, a garden does grow; a lush, well-tended vegetable garden, where, on a recent Tuesday, about 35 people, most of them local residents, were busily harvesting carrots and kale that they helped raise.

Source: New York Times Read More

Sneak Peek: Seedstock Conference Panel on Reintegrating Agriculture Into Cities

November 5, 2014 |

logoWhat is the potential of agriculture in cities? Can urban agriculture change our relationship with the food we eat and the land on which it is cultivated?  Which methods of farming work best in urban environments, and for what purposes?

Please join us for Seedstock’s upcoming “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” Conference on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA where a group of expert panelists and presenters will look at the promise and potential of Reintegrating Agriculture into Cities. Read More

Sneak Peek: Seedstock Conference Panel on Policy to Bolster Local Food Systems

November 4, 2014 |

logoEntrepreneurs and innovators will lead the push for change in the conventional food system. But as in all sectors of the economy, the actions and ability of the private sector to make an impact are affected by public policy.

Please join us for Seedstock’s upcoming “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” Conference on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA where a group of expert panelists and presenters will look at the role of public policy in facilitating the transition to a more localized food system. Read More

Sneak Peek: Seedstock Conference Panel on The Role of Grower and Food Maker as Entrepreneur and Change Maker

November 3, 2014 |

logoMeeting the demand for local food will ultimately depend on the efforts of entrepreneurs and innovators; those who are willing to push the boundaries of the conventional food system to catalyze real change.

Please join us for Seedstock’s upcoming “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” Conference on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA where a group of expert panelists and presenters will look at the role of entrepreneurs as change makers in the local food system. Read More

Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

November 1, 2014 |

seedstockLocal Food for the Military

Excerpt: LITTLETON, N.C. — IN big cities and small towns around the United States, people are embracing local agriculture, flocking to farmers’ markets and flocking to “locavore” restaurants, reaping a wide range of nutritional, environmental and economic benefits. Yet one segment of the population is largely missing out on this bounty: the millions of members of the American military and their families.

Source: New York Times Read More