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Tufts University, Online Graduate Certificate Program in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

June 22, 2016 |
“The experiences that the students brought to the course was really wonderful," said Tim Griffin, Associate Professor. "They were all interested in a more sustainable food system, but had many perspectives on how that can happen.”

“The experiences that the students brought to the course was really wonderful,” said Tim Griffin, Associate Professor. “They were all interested in a more sustainable food system, but had many perspectives on how that can happen.”

Sponsored Story – The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is accepting applications to the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems online graduate certificate program.

Students in this 3-course program earn graduate credit while gaining a 360-degree perspective on the food system – from farms to supply chains to the consumer.  Courses include:

  • Sustainability on the Farm (fall semester)
  • Supply Chains and Food Markets (spring semester)
  • Sustainability and the Food Consumer (spring semester)

This program, in its third year, is ideal for professionals engaged in a variety of food-related businesses and organizations, as well as others interested in implementing sustainable practices for their organizations, partners, and communities. Read More

Urban Ag Greening Offers Gateway to Stronger, Safer St. Louis

June 16, 2016 |
Gateway Greening St. Louis Urban Agriculture Organization

Gateway Greening’s mission is to educate and empower individuals to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Photo credit: Gateway Greening with permission from Jenna Davis.

Gateway Greening has been taking a holistic approach to urban agriculture, gardening, and education in St. Louis for more than three decades.

“Our mission is to educate and empower individuals to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture,” Gateway Greening’s Communications Manager Jenna Davis says.

While the group started out as a gardening club focused on ornamental, native, and perennial plants, Davis says it has since blossomed into a three-pronged catalyst for grassroots community building. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

May 27, 2016 |

seedstockGrowing up: Vertical farms evolve to end hunger [Take Part]

Excerpt: Innovation is making pricey and complicated indoor agriculture a more viable means of growing organic crops. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

May 20, 2016 |

seedstockMapping out farmers market success [USDA]

Excerpt: Anticipation is building for the opening of seasonal farmers markets in communities across the country—especially in Takoma Park, MD, at the Crossroads Farmers Market.                    Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

May 13, 2016 |

seedstockUrban farms bring us together, but can they feed enough of us? [Civil Eats]

Excerpt: When fresh food sprouts on urban rooftops, floating barges, and in once-abandoned buildings and schoolyards, people take notice. “Spaces that have gardens have a different atmosphere than vacant lots,” notes Anne Palmer, program director for Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

May 6, 2016 |

seedstockThe promise of urban agriculture [Law Street]

Excerpt: Urban agriculture can manifest in a variety of ways in both suburban and city environments but it has been opposed in many areas throughout the country.

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A 2-acre Farm in a Box: Kits Deliver Off-grid Farming Components in Shipping Containers

May 1, 2016 |
Netafim’s Typhoon thinwall dripline in the field. Courtesy Netafim.

Netafim’s Typhoon thinwall dripline in the field. Courtesy Netafim.

San Francisco-based Farm From a Box supplies all the components needed to create a two-acre off-grid farm,  packed in a shipping container that will then serve as a farm building. It recently announced a new partnership with Netafim, an Israel-based irrigation firm with offices in 120 countries, to supply the irrigation components. 

Farm From a Box is the brainchild of partners Scott Thompson and Brandi DiCarli. Their kits include renewable power systems, internet connectivity, basic farm tools, micro-drip irrigation systems and water pumps that can be adapted to fit either a ground well or municipal water supply. 
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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

April 29, 2016 |

seedstockYoung farmers are aiming to change the face of local farming [Alternet]

Excerpt: Richard Nixon’s agriculture secretary in the early to mid-1970s was Earl Butz, a man best known for advising the nation’s farmers to “get big or get out.” Read More