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Local Meat Coming to a Smartphone Near You! KC-based Startup Takes Aim at Meat Distribution ParadigmJune 11, 2012 | Timothy Norman
AgLocal, a Kansas City-based tech startup, has designs for changing the meat distribution paradigm with a new web and mobile application that will make it easier for anyone to buy or sell locally raised meats. The company says its app will make local, high-quality meat available to more people with less waste, at subsequently lower prices, and with more money finding its way back to farmers. Changing the way American meat producers have done business for a century might smack of an excess of ambition, but Josh Coleman, the company’s Director of Sales & Marketing sees an industry hemorrhaging dollars and ripe for change.
NZ Social Enterprise Bucky Box to Simplify Distribution for Sustainable Farmers with Web-based ApplicationJanuary 16, 2012 | Melinda Clark
It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that these days, there’s an app for everything. Soon, that will include an app for increasing the efficacy and efficiency of CSAs and box schemes. Bucky Box is a Wellington, New Zealand-based social enterprise dedicated to building software to improve the world’s food systems. Their product is a simple web app that automates billing and delivery logistics for CSAs and box schemes. It’s still in the testing phase, but will open to the public in the next couple of months – simplifying distribution and making life much easier for smaller sustainable farming operations, and ideally encouraging more farms to join the sustainable agriculture movement.
Will Lau, Bucky Box’s creator, describes the app as being “like a digital operations team for a box delivery business.” It’s comprised of a front-end marketplace where customers can order veggie boxes, and an administration site that’s basically a massive customer database. Users can enter specific details, such as who will be out of town and not want their box delivered on a particular week, and the app runs through a scheme that schedules deliveries. It also automates all of the billing, saving users hours that they might otherwise spend manually creating invoices.
Against a backdrop of rising land prices, traditional farmers in Utah struggle to survive. However, a mix of resourcefulness and necessity is driving farmers to develop creative solutions in urban environs. Salt Lake City-based Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) is one such endeavor that is utilizing innovative growing models to ensure urban farming fills the gap traditional farming cannot afford to maintain.
“We don’t want to do what other people are doing. If we cannot do it significantly better and significantly cheaper than another nonprofit is doing it then we shouldn’t do it, because we are just going to be competing with them for funds,” says founder Shawn Peterson.
A fifth generation Utah farmer and an experienced business entrepreneur, Peterson founded the Green Urban Lunch Box six years ago in the heart of Salt Lake City after watching the movie, Truck Farm (from the maker of King Corn) on using farm trucks in the urban setting.
For a long time food banks and food pantries have occupied a respected, but relatively fixed role in the food system. They are the safety net that catches food before it goes to waste and redirects it those in need. But as popular movements to combat food waste reshape the way food moves through the food system, the reactionary role of food banks is changing too. With even large-scale grocers finding ways to compost or donate their would-be waste, food bank staff are having a harder time bringing in enough quality food to keep their clients well fed.
Food equity is emerging as one of the most important social justice issues influencing the modern food system. It’s jarring that people throughout the United States are still unable to easily access healthy local produce when processed chips and soda can be bought at every corner store.
So Seedstock wanted to take the opportunity to recognize five organizations that are doing everything possible to get healthy, local produce in the hands of everyone who wants to eat well—no matter their location in a city.
1. Massachusetts Avenue Project & Growing Green
The Massachusetts Avenue Project & Growing Green’s (MAP) beginnings date all the way back to 1992. Although the Buffalo, New York organization’s start was modest—it was first classified as a “block club”—it is now a thriving nonprofit dedicated to growing food that nourishes while beautifying and bringing the neighborhood it resides in together. Although the organization has evolved over the years, it still aims to build food equity, while also engaging young people.