Excerpt: A survey of New Hampshire residents shows that they are willing to pay more for locally grown fruits and vegetables, but they may not always know where to find it.
USDA Awards $34.3 Million to Support Communities’ Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and VegetablesOctober 7, 2015 | USDA
WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack helped to kick off the nation’s harvest season by announcing nearly $35 million in new funding through four grant programs to support local and regional food systems, including farmers markets. Secretary Vilsack has named strengthening local food systems as one of the four pillars of USDA’s efforts to revitalize rural economies and communities. Purchases of locally-produced food have surged to nearly $12 billion under Secretary Vilsack’s leadership while the number of farmers markets has exploded to more than 8,500 from 5,274 in 2009.
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Excerpt: At Jim Denevan’s first pop-up dinner in 1999 in Santa Cruz, almost half of the 60 guests in attendance were his friends and family.
Tender Greens, a Southern California-based restaurant chain committed to serving up high-quality local foods, is increasingly relying on hydroponics and other forms of indoor growing methods to supply its restaurants.
As the company continues to grow (it currently has multiple locations in several major metropolitan areas in California), co-founder Erik Oberholtzer sees numerous advantages to procuring food from hydroponic farms.
One benefit, according to Oberholtzer, is meeting increased demand for locally-grown plants that don’t travel well, such as herbs and lettuces. Other advantages include saving money by requiring less water and energy, reduced crop loss, better pest control, and higher plant quality.
Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food Conference Expands Field Trip; Discount Registration Deadline NearsSeptember 29, 2015 | seedstock
Seedstock’s 4th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, “Innovation and the Rise of Local Food,” is little more than a month away and registration is filling up quickly. The two-day event, sponsored by Tender Greens, Netafim, Agra Tech, Inc., Go Green Agriculture, Beaver Plastics Ltd., Solutions Farms, Roger’s Community Garden at UCSD, Co-Gen Industrial and the Leichtag Foundation, is scheduled for Nov. 3-4, 2015, at UC San Diego, and will explore the social, environmental and economic benefits arising from the confluence of agricultural innovation and escalating demand for locally grown food.
The event kicks off on day 1 (Nov. 3) with the “Future Farm Field Trip,” which will offer a limited number of attendees an excursion into the diversity of urban and state-of-the-art indoor agriculture operations in Southern California. In addition to Seeds@City Urban Farm
Amy McCann is the director and co-founder of the food hub technology firm Local Food Marketplace. The company provides food hubs with systems management and technology. Their goal is to help food hub clients maximize efficiency and deliver a …
Excerpt: With pork sandwiches, a special ceremony honoring former state champions and agriculture-related activities, North Decatur Jr./Sr. High School hopes to attract a big crowd to Friday night’s football game.