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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

July 30, 2015 |

seedstock1 Reclaiming Baltimore’s Wasted Food (WYPR)

Excerpt: One out of four Baltimore residents lives in a ‘food desert’ – a low-income area that lacks access to fresh food from supermarkets. Read More

4th Annual Seedstock Conference to Explore Innovations Driving Growth of Local Food Systems

July 27, 2015 |

The 4th Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Innovation and the Rise of Local Food, which will take place this fall at UC San Diego, will explore solutions and methodologies that small farmers and entrepreneurs are embracing to grow more sustainably, improve access to fresh and healthy local food and manage resources more efficiently against the dueling backdrop of a lingering drought and burgeoning local food marketplace.

Slated for Tuesday, November 3 (Urban/Hydroponic Farm Field Trip) and Wednesday (Conference Day at UC San Diego), November 4, 2015, the event will explore, among other topics, how small farmers are embracing technology to grow food more sustainably, new business creation, water management, urban farming, food access and more.

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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

July 9, 2015 |

seedstock1 ISU program increases local food usage in Iowa schools | Ames Tribune

Excerpt: A recent program funded through the Leopold Center at Iowa State University proved successful in increased local food use at four northeast Iowa school districts. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

July 2, 2015 |

seedstock1 How Good Is Your Food? These Two Brothers Are Reshaping Sustainable Food, Starting In Aisle One| Forbes

Excerpt: Picture yourself in the grocery store, wheeling a cart along a linoleum grid divided by walls of mainstream food products.

2 Some rays of hope at Sustainable Foods Institute | Napa Valley Register

Excerpt: You could expect the worst at the Sustainable Foods Institute, the media-oriented counterpart to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s consumer Cooking for Solutions program: drought, climate change, pollution, endangered species, antibiotic-resistance. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

June 25, 2015 |

seedstock1 Land agreement aims to increase sustainable agriculture in Loess Hills

Excerpt: Fifty-three acres of farmland and oak tree savannah in the Loess Hills will be farmed sustainably as part of an agreement between an area landowner and a budding nonprofit organization. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

June 18, 2015 |

seedstock1 In Search Of Edible Weeds: Adventures In Urban Foraging By App | NPR

Excerpt: An expert forager has a video and an app for finding weeds to make the ultimate locally grown salad. But even a master foraging app might not lead an amateur to success.

2 Urban agriculture does not always result in better neighborhoods | Phys.org

Excerpt:  While urban agriculture is often used as a tool for increasing social cohesion in neighborhoods, Esther Veen believes that it does not always lead to better relationships between residents. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

June 11, 2015 |

seedstock1 Organic farming is financially-sustainable worldwide, study finds | Christian Science Monitor

Excerpt: Organic agriculture occupies just 1 percent of cropland across the world. While organic sales continue to grow, a study has found that organic farming is economically-feasible in many countries. Read More

Women in Farming: Kari Spencer on Building an Urban Farm in the Desert

June 7, 2015 |
Kari Spencer at the Micro Farm. Courtesy of Kari Spencer.

Kari Spencer at the Micro Farm. Courtesy of Kari Spencer.

Kari Spencer has been smitten with farming since she spied her grandfather’s Midwestern garden when she was a little girl. But when Spencer grew up — and found herself in the middle of a desert — she knew she was going to have to invest in some training to successfully tend plants (and eventually animals) in the dry, Phoenix, Arizona climate.

But that’s just what she did, and since learning those valuable desert gardening skills, she’s successfully built an urban farm oasis: The Micro Farm Project.

Seedstock recently interviewed Spencer to find out how she learned her desert gardening skills, her experiences as a female farmer and more. Read More