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Indoor Farming Exec Sees Industry Growth in Urban, Small-scale Localized Production

April 3, 2017 |

Joe Swartz is Vice President at American Hydroponics (AmHydro), a longstanding indoor agriculture consultant and supplier. Based in California, the company services clients across the world. Joe has a lengthy career as a grower, and lives with his family on his East coast family farm. Ahead of his presentation at Indoor Ag-Con in May, we posed five questions to him on the hydroponic greenhouse industry and growing on Mars. 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

LA Agritecture Workshop Designs Urban Spaces to Grow Food

March 29, 2017 |

LOS ANGELES, Ca. (March. 24, 2017) — Teams of local architects, engineers, developers, Los Angeles city officials, urban farmers, and others will compete next week to design and devise the best plan for sustainably growing food in urban environments. Sponsored at the gold level by the LA office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will, and co-organized by Agritecture.com, an online media outlet focused on urban and vertical farming; the sold-out “Agritecture Design Workshop” will give participants the opportunity to produce creative, yet practical, solutions for supporting urban agriculture in the LA metropolitan area. The winning team will be selected based on how well their urban farm concept localizes food production within the city while decreasing resource consumption and increasing social cohesion. Read More

Indoor Growing Propels a Small Town’s Reign as ‘Mushroom Capital of World’

March 28, 2017 |

Michael Guttman is the Sustainability Officer for Kennett Towsnhip, PA, a small town that single-handedly supplies around half of the US’s mushroom supplies. A veteran of the IT world, Michael is applying his entrepreneurial skills to aiding the town in diversifying … Read More

In Wyoming, School Protein Enhancement Project Brings Local Meat to School Lunches

March 27, 2017 |

Eastern Wyoming is cattle country, a place where both traditional and grass fed beef ranches punctuate a landscape of rolling hills and sweeping plains all just a truck or horse ride away from the legendary Platte River. If you’ve never had a steak from a cow that’s spent its life absentmindedly meandering the wide open ranges and drinking the fresh clean water of Wyoming, then you’ve never had a good steak.

Thousands of Wyoming cattle make their way to South Dakota, Nebraska and across the country every year mostly due to a lack of slaughtering plants in The Equality State. This means ranchers are taking local meat and revenue out of state and local beef away from local consumers. Unfortunately, it is not economically viable for many small producers to pay for processing locally. The recently passed School Protein Enhancement Project Act 52 SF0123 hopes to ensure local Wyoming children have that local Wyoming meat in their school lunches while saving local school districts some much needed moolah. Read More