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Excerpt: DES MOINES, Iowa – A group promoting organic, sustainable farming wants to make it easier for younger people to enter the industry across the state.
Excerpt: The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is competing for a $40,000 grant to develop a children’s sensory garden.
Excerpt: In just 3 hours, California Safe Soil turns fresh food waste into a liquid fertilizer which promises to boost yields, cut costs, and reduce water pollution in agriculture.
Excerpt: Most of what’s produced here gets shipped elsewhere, said Robert Puro of Seedstock, a consultant in sustainable food systems. In most major cities, only 1% to 2% of what’s consumed is produced locally, he said. Developing that shorter supply chain—from local farms to packing and production facilities to retailers—is “the big missing piece in the local food puzzle,” Mr. Puro said.
It’s been a great year here at Seedstock, with two fantastic California-based conferences, an increased focus on urban policy and continued coverage of indoor agriculture technology and sustainable farming practices.
We’ve delighted in telling the stories of the people who are making a difference in the new food economy.
Here are the ten of those stories which resonated most strongly with you, our readers.
Thanks for reading, and see you in 2015!
Q&A: L.A. Food Policy Council’s Clare Fox on Building a Network, Overcoming Disenfranchisement in L.A.’s Food SystemDecember 23, 2014 | Nina Ignaczak
Clare Fox is the Director of Policy and Innovation for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, an independent non-profit created by the City of Los Angeles to advance food systems policy. In this role, she collaborates with a large network of food advocates and public and private sector partners to catalyze projects and build leadership capacity build Southern California’s local food system, with an emphasis on food access and equity, urban agriculture, street food vending, and community economic development.
Fox shared her work in a panel discussion at the Seedstock Reintegrating Agriculture conference in November. We caught up with her after the conference to find out more about more about her efforts to create a local food system in L.A.
Excerpt: As you’ve probably heard — or seen, if you’ve traveled to Cuba — food (and, at times, the lack thereof) remains one of the most striking emblems of Cuba’s dysfunctional economic system. Let’s just say that the agreement between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will probably eventually mean big changes for the food supply in Cuba.
Nurit Katz is UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, a role that has her working to advance a variety of sustainability goals at the university, as well as teaching in the UCLA Extension’s Global Sustainability Certificate Program.
Katz participated in a panel at the Seedstock Reintegrating Agriculture conference in November,where she provided insight into efforts to move UCLA towards its goal of having 20 percent of its food procurement qualify as sustainable by 2020.
We caught up with her after the conference to find out more about how how she does her job, and what projects she is working on to achieve this ambitious goal.
Seedstock: Describe the path of your career; how you did you come to your role as UCLA’s First Chief Sustainability Officer?
Nurit Katz: My background is in environmental and outdoor education. I used to work with kids a lot, taking kids from the city who’d never been hiking out on the trail. I also brought kids to a farm-to-school program where they learned about how to grow healthy food. A lot of kids don’t even know where the food comes from, and they got to participate and help grow food and interact with the farm.That was a really great program.
Robert Egger is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, a culinary arts job training program for people coming out of foster care and incarceration. He also launched D.C. Central Kitchen, a similar effort, in 1989. L.A. Kitchen is currently in pilot phase and will launch in a new space in 2015. Read more about L.A. Kitchen in Seedstock here.
At the Seedstock Reintegrating Agriculture conference in November, Egger delivered a keynote in which he talked about waste, both in terms of food and human potential, and opportunity, in existing community resources and in the impending wave of older people who will be hungry in coming years.