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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

January 29, 2015 |

seedstock1  Sustainable Iowa Land Trust to Support Young Farmers

Excerpt: DES MOINES, Iowa – A group promoting organic, sustainable farming wants to make it easier for younger people to enter the industry across the state.

2  Michigan Urban Farming Initiative Vying For $40K Grant

Excerpt: The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is competing for a $40,000 grant to develop a children’s sensory garden. Read More

FarmLogs Connects Farmers to the Cloud, Expands With $10-million Round

January 29, 2015 |
FarmLogs yield maps are accessible on laptops, tablets and smartphones. (photo courtesy of Jesse Vollmar/FarmLogs)

FarmLogs yield maps are accessible on laptops, tablets and smartphones. (photo courtesy of Jesse Vollmar/FarmLogs)

A farmer’s livelihood depends on keeping track of records.

Records of rainfall, commodity prices, fertilizer applications, seed planting rates, when pesticide was applied last, and more. Without accurate records, the business suffers.

Yet the farming sector has been slow to adopt new technology–farmers often opt to keep much of their files with them in the front seat of the pickup or in office filing cabinets.
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Building ‘Links in the Chain’ of Food Innovation at California Baptist University

January 27, 2015 |
Image courtesy of California Baptist University

Image courtesy of California Baptist University

California Baptist University in Riverside, California is a vital part of Riverside’s local and sustainable food efforts through its Food Innovation Center, which opened in September 2014.

Part of the university’s Department of Health Sciences, the 4,000-square foot space provides extensive classroom, laboratory and kitchen space. Read More

USDA Partnering to Conduct Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods

January 27, 2015 |

post_usdalogoWASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.

“The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program is a key to USDA’s efforts to revitalize rural economies by supporting local and regional food systems,” said AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo. Read More

Local Food Lab to Host Intensive One-day Bootcamp to Help Early Stage Food Startups Launch

January 27, 2015 |

Sponsored Post – Interested in giving your food startup the best chance to thrive and grow? Then hurry up and don’t miss out on Local Food Lab’s Food Startup Bootcamp in Los Angeles at Maker City LA on Saturday, February 7 from 10am – 6pm!

This intensive one-day course will help early stage food and farm entrepreneurs define actionable next steps for launching their startups. The bootcamp is led by LFL instructors and includes an intimate panel with LA-based food startup founders including Ashleigh Parsons (cofounder of Alma), Jennifer Piette (founder of Out of the Box Collective) and Erik Oberholtzer (co-founder of Tender Greens). Get 25% off by entering “SEEDSTOCK” at checkout. Read More

Building a Megafarm in Anaheim, CA: A Q&A With Aaron Flora

January 26, 2015 |
Image courtesy of Renewable Farms

Image courtesy of Renewable Farms

Aaron Flora has worked on creating farms with Renewable Farms for years, but he just recently embarked on his biggest project to date, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign: a mega-aquaponics farm for the city of Anaheim, California that will double as a community training center.

Seedstock recently interviewed Flora and asked him about how Renewable Farms made the Anaheim project happen, how the mega farm will remain sustainable and what he hopes this farm will achieve in the future. Read More

Can Aquaponics Thrive in the Midwest? Indiana Startup Bets On It

January 25, 2015 |
Justin Long, CEO. Photo courtesy Justin Long.

Justin Long, CEO. Photo courtesy Justin Long.

How can a cold, Midwestern state grow organic produce all year, while also providing fresh fish to the local community? Those are the questions Justin Long, co-founder and CEO, and Jason Fry, co-founder, asked themselves before founding Blue Lotus Aquaponics in November 2013.

Before creating their company, Long and Fry did their research by traveling to a few Midwestern states and visiting places where people were experimenting with aquaculture techniques.

Long wanted to dabble in aquaponics because of its sustainable, high-yield nature. And Fry’s family background in commercial farming in northern Indiana helped him to flesh out the company’s overall concept. Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

January 22, 2015 |

seedstockFrom fork to farm: Startup recycles grocery store food waste into organic fertilizer

Excerpt: In just 3 hours, California Safe Soil turns fresh food waste into a liquid fertilizer which promises to boost yields, cut costs, and reduce water pollution in agriculture.

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Michigan’s Governor Dissolves State Food Policy Council as MSU Looks to Build Local Council Network

January 21, 2015 |
Photos courtesy of The Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University

Photos courtesy of The Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University

Two recent developments in Michigan have caught the attention of local and sustainable food activists across the country. On December 14, 2014, Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, abolished the Michigan Food Policy Council (MFPC), absorbing the work of the Council into a new subcommittee within the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development.

The same week, the Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) at Michigan State University issued a Request for Proposals to coordinate a new network of local food councils across the state. Read More

Time is Running Out to Register for Local Orbit’s Hub Camp San Diego!

January 21, 2015 |

Local Orbit Develops a Web Platform to Facilitate Local and Regional distribution for Sustainable FarmersSPONSORED POST

There are only a few more spots left for Local Orbit’s Hub Camp in San Diego.

Hub Camp: the Nuts & Bolts of Local Food Distribution

March 1-3 in San Diego, California

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