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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

January 29, 2015 |

seedstock1  Sustainable Iowa Land Trust to Support Young Farmers

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.

2  Michigan Urban Farming Initiative Vying For $40K Grant

Excerpt: The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is competing for a $40,000 grant to develop a children’s sensory garden. Read More

USDA Partnering to Conduct Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods

January 27, 2015 |

post_usdalogoWASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.

“The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program is a key to USDA’s efforts to revitalize rural economies by supporting local and regional food systems,” said AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo. Read More

Local Food Lab to Host Intensive One-day Bootcamp to Help Early Stage Food Startups Launch

January 27, 2015 |

Sponsored Post – Interested in giving your food startup the best chance to thrive and grow? Then hurry up and don’t miss out on Local Food Lab’s Food Startup Bootcamp in Los Angeles at Maker City LA on Saturday, February 7 from 10am – 6pm!

This intensive one-day course will help early stage food and farm entrepreneurs define actionable next steps for launching their startups. The bootcamp is led by LFL instructors and includes an intimate panel with LA-based food startup founders including Ashleigh Parsons (cofounder of Alma), Jennifer Piette (founder of Out of the Box Collective) and Erik Oberholtzer (co-founder of Tender Greens). Get 25% off by entering “SEEDSTOCK” at checkout. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

January 22, 2015 |

seedstockFrom fork to farm: Startup recycles grocery store food waste into organic fertilizer

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.

Source: TreeHugger Read More

Time is Running Out to Register for Local Orbit’s Hub Camp San Diego!

January 21, 2015 |

Local Orbit Develops a Web Platform to Facilitate Local and Regional distribution for Sustainable FarmersSPONSORED POST

There are only a few more spots left for Local Orbit’s Hub Camp in San Diego.

Hub Camp: the Nuts & Bolts of Local Food Distribution

March 1-3 in San Diego, California

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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

January 16, 2015 |

seedstockFood ‘Accelerators’ and the $10 Bag of Pasta

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.

Source: WSJ.com Read More

Santa Cruz Modular Hydroponics Entrepreneur Moves From Bathtub to Business

January 13, 2015 |
Nick Halmos, founder and CEO of Cityblooms, is seen in his “pea-shoot suit” at the headquarters of Plantronics, where Cityblooms grows hydroponic vegetables and greens for Plantronics employees. (photo courtesy of Nick Halmos)

Nick Halmos, founder and CEO of Cityblooms, is seen in his “pea-shoot suit” at the headquarters of Plantronics, where Cityblooms grows hydroponic vegetables and greens for Plantronics employees. (photo courtesy of Nick Halmos)

For Nick Halmos, CEO and farmer-in-chief of Santa Cruz-based Cityblooms, urban agriculture has meant a passionate pursuit of innovation.

The native Floridian started his journey in Providence, Rhode Island in 2001 when he was an undergraduate at Brown University. Halmos can thank climate change for spurring his interest in urban agriculture well over a decade ago, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on global climate.

“Issues of climate change were permeating through all academic discussions,” Halmos says. Read More

Seedstock’s Top Ten Stories of 2014

December 24, 2014 |
Food Field is a for profit 4-acre urban farm based in Detroit that was founded in 2010 by Noah Link and Alex Bryan. Photo Credit: Food Field.

Food Field is a for profit 4-acre urban farm based in Detroit that was founded in 2010 by Noah Link and Alex Bryan. Photo Credit: Food Field.

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! Read More