Excerpt: One out of four Baltimore residents lives in a ‘food desert’ – a low-income area that lacks access to fresh food from supermarkets.
The 4th Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Innovation and the Rise of Local Food, which will take place this fall at UC San Diego, will explore solutions and methodologies that small farmers and entrepreneurs are embracing to grow more sustainably, improve access to fresh and healthy local food and manage resources more efficiently against the dueling backdrop of a lingering drought and burgeoning local food marketplace.
Slated for Tuesday, November 3 (Urban/Hydroponic Farm Field Trip) and Wednesday (Conference Day at UC San Diego), November 4, 2015, the event will explore, among other topics, how small farmers are embracing technology to grow food more sustainably, new business creation, water management, urban farming, food access and more.
Excerpt: A recent program funded through the Leopold Center at Iowa State University proved successful in increased local food use at four northeast Iowa school districts.
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Excerpt: Picture yourself in the grocery store, wheeling a cart along a linoleum grid divided by walls of mainstream food products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.