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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

February 26, 2015 |

seedstock1  Hoosier Farmer Honored with National Sustainable Award (Hoosier Ag Today)

Excerpt: Andrew Fansler who farms 4,500 acres of no till corn and soybeans in Shelby County was presented with the national Young Farmers Sustainability award Wednesday in Phoenix, AZ. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

February 20, 2015 |

seedstock1  The Spy Who Saved Cleveland (Politico)

Excerpt: How a former CIA executive and a new breed of lettuce are transforming the poorest parts of the Rust Belt city.

2  Why Some States Want To Legalize Raw Milk Sales (NPR’s The Salt)

Excerpt: Selling unpasteurized milk across state lines is illegal because it poses a threat to public health. But raw milk sales are growing nonetheless. Legalization would let states regulate a risky market.  Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

February 13, 2015 |

seedstock1  City Gardeners Track the Value of Urban Farming (Next City)

Excerpt: In God we trust, everyone else bring data — and that includes you, community gardeners.  Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

February 6, 2015 |

seedstock1  How Urban Farming Could Change Hawaii

Excerpt: For all its lushness, the state imports the vast majority of its food. Advocates like Hunter Heaivilin think they have the solution.

2  Urban farms continue to grow in Indianapolis – AgriNews

Excerpt: INDIANAPOLIS — Urban farming is not a new topic to growers in Indianapolis, but it certainly is a growing trend. Read More

Irvine, California’s “Great Park” Delivers on the Potential of Municipal Urban Agriculture

February 2, 2015 |
Image courtesy of the City of Irvine, California

Image courtesy of the City of Irvine, California

Known as the “First Great Metropolitan Park of the 21st Century,” the City of Irvine’s 1,300-acre “Great Park,” is living up to its ambitious goals.

Created on the grounds of the former El Toro Naval Base, the park’s focus on promoting a relationship between local residents, sustainable food systems and community green space provides an example of how far a city can go to foster sustainable agriculture. Read More

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