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Online Food Platform Seeks to Strengthen Sustainable Regional Food System in New England

May 31, 2012 |

After 30 years in agricultural and horticultural distribution and retail, Greg Georgaklis grew tired of watching small farmers struggle to market their products. As far as he was concerned, “if sustainable agriculture was going to blossom we needed some new models.”

So Georgaklis created Farmers To You, a company whose objective is to rebuild a robust and sustainable regional food system in the New England area by using an online platform to connect Vermont area farmers with Boston area families. The goal, says Georgaklis, is to provide customers with access to fresher food than they have access to at the grocery store while providing farmers a means to expand their market with a minimal time investment. Read More

Silicon Valley Incubator Program Places Focus Squarely on Development of Sustainable Food and Farm Startups

May 29, 2012 |

Palo Alto-based Local Food Lab aims to be an incubator for sustainable food- and farm-focused startups that will help rebuild a broken food system. The idea is to equip entrepreneurs with the tools to create businesses that are scalable so they can make a larger impact in the food sector, says Local Food Lab CEO and Co-Founder Krysia Zajonc. Local Food Lab starts its first incubator program in June, offering entrepreneurs four weeks of top-notch business training, access to seasoned mentors, opportunities to network with each other and the chance to pitch their ideas to investors. Read More

U. of Kentucky Horticulture Professor Co-develops Mobile App for Landscape and Nursery Professionals

May 22, 2012 |

IPMPro app screen. PHOTO: Win Dunwell

PRINCETON, Ky. – Green industry professionals often find themselves in the field needing immediate access to pest and plant disease information and plant care recommendations. Or they need to be alerted when destructive pests emerge in their areas. Thanks to a collaborative effort of horticulturists, entomologists and plant pathologists at seven land-grant universities, now there’s an app for that.

Winston Dunwell, a University of Kentucky horticulture professor at the College of Agriculture’s Research and Education Center in Princeton, worked with professionals from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Clemson, North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, University of Maryland and Virginia Polytechnic Institute to develop the first integrated pest management mobile app for nursery growers, landscapers Read More