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

June 23, 2017 |

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

The online program is ideal for professionals engaged in a variety of food-related businesses and organizations, as well as others who would like to learn more about implementing sustainable practices for their organizations, partners, and communities. Read More

How a New Way of Thinking About Soil Sparked a National Movement in Agriculture

June 20, 2017 |

This article was originally published on Ensia.com

As word gets around that soil is alive, farmers have adopted a whole new attitude toward their land.

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For three weeks every month, Ray Archuleta captivates audiences with a few handfuls of soil. He begins with two clumps, dropping them into water. The soil from a farm where the soil isn’t tilled holds together, while the tilled soil immediately disperses, indicating poor soil structure. Next, volunteers from the audience — mostly farmers and ranchers — pour water over a soil that grew a variety of crops, and it runs right through. A sample of tilled soil that grew only corn is like a brick, and the water sits on top. Water is the most precious resource for growing crops, and having a soil that is unable to absorb water is crippling for farmers. Read More

Seedstock CEO Robert Puro to Discuss “The Future on Your Plate” at Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CA

March 29, 2017 |

If you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area on April 7, 2017, please join Robert Puro of Seedstock in a discussion of “The Future on Your Plate” as part of the First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

Details:

Date: April 7, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles – 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Discussion Topic: It’s unlikely we’d trade the allure of crunchy, salty, tasty food for a single, daily capsule. But with climate change and drought, what choices will we have? Can technology keep us fed, if farm-to-table becomes lab-to-table? If you know your sci-fi, you know the future of food is a little pill. Read More

California Grower Sees Potential for Orchards on Terraces and Slopes of Subdivisions

January 23, 2017 |
Don Neff is president of Neff Ranch, which manages orchards on two different agricultural properties in Orange County. (photo courtesy Don Neff/Neff Ranch)

Don Neff is president of Neff Ranch, which manages orchards on two different agricultural properties in Orange County. (photo courtesy Don Neff/Neff Ranch)

Surprisingly, despite decades of urban development and the paving over of countless groves and orchards in the name of new housing tracts, with a little work one can still buy oranges grown in the few remaining groves that dot Orange County, California.

The presence of Orange County oranges at a number of farmers market in the region is in no small part due to the efforts of Don Neff, President of Neff Ranch, one of the last remaining orange growers in the county. After relocating to Southern California from Washington, Neff, a homebuilder and developer, was presented in with the opportunity to manage the remaining orange orchard on the Yorba Linda, CA estate of Susanna Bixby Bryant.

The location of the estate’s 21-acre orchard in the Santa Ana River floodplain kept its 4,000 Valencia orange trees safe from being bulldozed for new housing. Read More

Weekly Stories of Food Systems Innovation from Around the Country

December 15, 2016 |

Father-Son Team Launches First Urban Farm in South Carolina to Meet Growing Demand for Local Food

BY VANESSA CACERES

After 30 years working in the field of architecture, Robbie McClam yearned to return to his farming … Read More