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Posts By Nina Ignaczak

Sneak Peek: Seedstock Conference Panel on Reintegrating Agriculture Into Cities

November 5, 2014 |

logoWhat is the potential of agriculture in cities? Can urban agriculture change our relationship with the food we eat and the land on which it is cultivated?  Which methods of farming work best in urban environments, and for what purposes?

Please join us for Seedstock’s upcoming “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” Conference on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA where a group of expert panelists and presenters will look at the promise and potential of Reintegrating Agriculture into Cities. Read More

Sneak Peek: Seedstock Conference Panel on Policy to Bolster Local Food Systems

November 4, 2014 |

logoEntrepreneurs and innovators will lead the push for change in the conventional food system. But as in all sectors of the economy, the actions and ability of the private sector to make an impact are affected by public policy.

Please join us for Seedstock’s upcoming “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” Conference on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA where a group of expert panelists and presenters will look at the role of public policy in facilitating the transition to a more localized food system. Read More

Sneak Peek: Seedstock Conference Panel on The Role of Grower and Food Maker as Entrepreneur and Change Maker

November 3, 2014 |

logoMeeting the demand for local food will ultimately depend on the efforts of entrepreneurs and innovators; those who are willing to push the boundaries of the conventional food system to catalyze real change.

Please join us for Seedstock’s upcoming “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” Conference on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA where a group of expert panelists and presenters will look at the role of entrepreneurs as change makers in the local food system. Read More

Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

November 1, 2014 |

seedstockLocal Food for the Military

Excerpt: LITTLETON, N.C. — IN big cities and small towns around the United States, people are embracing local agriculture, flocking to farmers’ markets and flocking to “locavore” restaurants, reaping a wide range of nutritional, environmental and economic benefits. Yet one segment of the population is largely missing out on this bounty: the millions of members of the American military and their families.

Source: New York Times Read More

Sneak Peek: Seedstock Conference Panel on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment in Local Food

October 29, 2014 |
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The movement to grow the proportion of local food on our plates is gaining momentum across the nation.

But progress is uneven. While 89 percent of Vermont schools engage in some type of local food program, only 44 percent do so nationally, according to USDA. Large food service providers and institutions are, for the most part, still getting their food from the big guys. The military, one of the largest food markets in the country, gets most of its food from large agribusiness, according to the New York Times.

The demand is there. As compared with the 2007 USDA Agricultural Census, the current 2012 Census shows an increase of 8 percent for the number of farms selling directly to consumers and 5 percent for the sales in dollars of directly marketed agricultural products.

The challenge for innovators, entrepreneurs and growers is securing the investment necessary to start and grow their companies in order to meet this market demand.

Seedstock’s upcoming “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” Conference on November 12, 2014 at UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA will look at the innovations and business models that have the potential to help expand local and regional food systems as well as the funding routes that entrepreneurs and new growers can take to start and grow their operations.

The discussion will be led by moderator Wilton Risenhoover of the UCLA Venture Fund and feature expert panelists Nicola Kerslake of New Bean Capital, Rob Trice of Better Food Ventures and The Mixing Bowl, and Robert TSE of USDA Rural Development. Read More