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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

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

April 22, 2016 |

seedstockThese start-ups are changing the way we eat [CNBC]

Excerpt: “These are spoiled plants,” says Gotham Greens co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri, gesturing toward seemingly endless rows of perfectly symmetrical leaves — butter lettuce, arugula, basil — in vibrant, uniform shades of green. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

April 15, 2016 |

seedstockThe Top 10 Cities for Urban Farming [Redfin]

Excerpt: Homes in these cities have more gardens, greenhouses and chicken coops than anywhere else in the country. These are the top 10 cities for urban farming. Read More

Detroit Gardeners Turning Crops into Cash in Brightmoor Artisans Community Kitchen

April 13, 2016 |
Brightmoor Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bradd.

Brightmoor Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bradd.

In the northwest area of Detroit, residents of the Brightmoor community are preparing to open the neighborhood’s first-ever commercial kitchen and community gathering space.

The Brightmoor Artisans Community Kitchen is scheduled to open at the end of April, and with it will come a wave of local gardeners-turned-entrepreneurs. 

Brightmoor has been known in past years as a food desert–the kind of place where, for many children, an after-school snack meant a trip to the liquor store for a sugary soda and bag of chips. But things are changing now. Healthier options grow in individual and community urban gardens throughout the four-square-mile neighborhood. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

April 8, 2016 |

seedstock1 America’s appetite for organic food triggers natural farming boom [Huffington Post]

Excerpt: American consumers’ demand for chemical-free and locally produced food has caused a surge in the number of organic operations across the county, new figures show.                                 Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

April 1, 2016 |

seedstock1 Connecting local agriculture with education [Tillamook Headlight Herald]

Excerpt: In 2014, Tillamook Bay Community College officially launched its Agriculture and Natural Resources degree program. This Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree was the result of a unique partnership between the college, community, industry partners and organizations.                 Read More

USDA and Philanthropic Partners Announce New Initiative to Bolster the Supply Chain for Local Food Systems

March 31, 2016 |

post_usdalogoNews Release – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials today joined 15 national and regional philanthropic partners to announce a new initiative to bolster the supply chain for local food systems around ten key U.S. cities. The project, dubbed ‘Food LINC’, will connect demand for local food in ten urban areas with supply from farmers and ranchers, strengthening each region’s local food business sector and also increasing consumer access to healthy, local food. The announcement was made at the Wallace Center’s National Food Hub Conference in Atlanta. Read More