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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

July 2, 2015 |

seedstock1 How Good Is Your Food? These Two Brothers Are Reshaping Sustainable Food, Starting In Aisle One| Forbes

Excerpt: Picture yourself in the grocery store, wheeling a cart along a linoleum grid divided by walls of mainstream food products.

2 Some rays of hope at Sustainable Foods Institute | Napa Valley Register

Excerpt: You could expect the worst at the Sustainable Foods Institute, the media-oriented counterpart to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s consumer Cooking for Solutions program: drought, climate change, pollution, endangered species, antibiotic-resistance. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

June 25, 2015 |

seedstock1 Land agreement aims to increase sustainable agriculture in Loess Hills

Excerpt: Fifty-three acres of farmland and oak tree savannah in the Loess Hills will be farmed sustainably as part of an agreement between an area landowner and a budding nonprofit organization. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

June 18, 2015 |

seedstock1 In Search Of Edible Weeds: Adventures In Urban Foraging By App | NPR

Excerpt: An expert forager has a video and an app for finding weeds to make the ultimate locally grown salad. But even a master foraging app might not lead an amateur to success.

2 Urban agriculture does not always result in better neighborhoods | Phys.org

Excerpt:  While urban agriculture is often used as a tool for increasing social cohesion in neighborhoods, Esther Veen believes that it does not always lead to better relationships between residents. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

June 11, 2015 |

seedstock1 Organic farming is financially-sustainable worldwide, study finds | Christian Science Monitor

Excerpt: Organic agriculture occupies just 1 percent of cropland across the world. While organic sales continue to grow, a study has found that organic farming is economically-feasible in many countries. Read More

Women in Farming: Kari Spencer on Building an Urban Farm in the Desert

June 7, 2015 |
Kari Spencer at the Micro Farm. Courtesy of Kari Spencer.

Kari Spencer at the Micro Farm. Courtesy of Kari Spencer.

Kari Spencer has been smitten with farming since she spied her grandfather’s Midwestern garden when she was a little girl. But when Spencer grew up — and found herself in the middle of a desert — she knew she was going to have to invest in some training to successfully tend plants (and eventually animals) in the dry, Phoenix, Arizona climate.

But that’s just what she did, and since learning those valuable desert gardening skills, she’s successfully built an urban farm oasis: The Micro Farm Project.

Seedstock recently interviewed Spencer to find out how she learned her desert gardening skills, her experiences as a female farmer and more. Read More

From Creating and Driving Demand for Local Food to Aquaponic Farming in the City

June 5, 2015 |

Creating a vibrant local food system requires that cities explore how to develop new markets for their local farmers, foster entrepreneurship and innovation as it relates to the production of food and encourage responsible and sustainable farming that benefits community, economy and environment. The development of effective food policy that advances agricultural economic development and infrastructure and fosters education about food and urban farming is also essential.

Expert speakers set to participate in the 2nd Annual GrowRIVERSIDE Conference: The Future of Local Food will dive deeply into all of the above mentioned areas, and more, to come up with solutions designed to guide Riverside and cities across the country in the development of vibrant and sustainable local food systems. The conference begins in only 6 days on June 11, 2015 at The Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California.

The conference will cover a number of topics that will appeal to a diversity of audiences from growers and entrepreneurs to city planners, researchers and citizens interested in learning about how they can play a role in building their local food system. Select topics include:

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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

June 4, 2015 |

seedstock1 Inside the growing appeal of urban farming (Green Biz)

Excerpt: Growing fresh produce in cities nourishes the citizens, provides revenue and saves on transportation. How can we wedge these gardens in? Read More

From Farm-to-School to Urban Aquaponics, Come Learn about the Future of Local Food at GrowRIVERSIDE!

May 29, 2015 |

Less than TWO WEEKS remain to REGISTER for the 2nd Annual GrowRIVERSIDE Conference – The Future of Local Food, which begins on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at The Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California. The conference will assist cities in examining and developing solutions to develop and strengthen their local food and urban agriculture infrastructure.

The event will feature a broad lineup of speakers ranging from urban agriculture entrepreneurs, USDA representatives from Marketing Services and Rural Development, startup business experts from the Small Business Administration, SCORE and the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program, local food policy experts, sustainable farmers and hydroponic practitioners as well as numerous buyers and distributors of local produce.

Limited Tickets Remain! Register here: http://growriverside.eventbrite.com

The conference will cover a number of topics that will appeal to a diversity of audiences from growers and entrepreneurs to city planners, researchers and citizens interested in learning about how they can play a role in building their local food system. Select topics include:

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