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According to a 2010 nationwide survey conducted by the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA), organic farmers are faced with a seed market that neither possesses sufficient available quantities of certified organic seed to meet demand nor the specific varieties of organic seed that they desire. As a result, many organic farmers have had to compensate by using conventionally bred seed varieties selected for use in high-input chemical farming systems in lieu of those specifically adapted to organic farming systems.
To celebrate the onset of the weekend and the inevitable Saturday or Sunday trip to the local farmers market to stock up on sustainably farmed produce for the week, today’s digest features profiles on some of the local food software system companies out there in the marketplace that are working to develop tools to help small – midsize sustainable farmers grow their operations beyond the farmers market in order to maintain financial sustainability.
Some of the fish come from farms while others come from the ocean, but they all come with a story. The fish in these stories have all been produced or caught using sustainable practices and have names like Loch Duart Salmon, Fisherman’s Daughter Shrimp, and Nunavut Wild Arctic Char. The teller of these fish stories is CleanFish, a unique San Francisco-based startup that connects sustainable fish producers to conscious consumers, chefs and markets who have come to associate the company’s brands with sustainability, traceability and transparency.
Group Will Be Honored at California Agriculture Innovation Conference
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Grow-California announced that 14 California agricultural businesses have been chosen as the 2011 “Game Changers of the Year” in Agriculture Innovation. The award winners — a combination of agribusinesses, agricultural technology companies, university initiatives and innovative nonprofit programs — will be recognized by California Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross at a luncheon during the inaugural California Agriculture Innovation Conference scheduled for July 20-21 at UC Davis’s Freeborn Hall.
Dan Gibbs, CEO of San Diego, CA-based vertical organic farming startup Home Town Farms, doesn’t believe he’s introducing a new company, but an entire industry that will benefit consumers, the environment and the future of sustainable agriculture.
“Urban farming isn’t new, vertical farming isn’t new, but vertical urban farming is new,” said Gibbs.