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New Orleans-based Recirculating Farms Coalition Seeks Solution to Food Deserts in Sustainable Production Systems

January 17, 2012 |

Marianne Cufone says she was drawn to New Orleans because of its incredible heart and resilience. Cufone is the executive director of New Orleans-based Recirculating Farms Coalition (RFC), a non-profit organization comprised of a collaborative group of farmers, educators and various organizations committed to building eco-friendly farms that use clean recycled water to grow local, accessible, fresh food and create stable green jobs.

A native of Tampa, she explains that she also chose New Orleans as the coalition headquarters because “one of the things that is noticeably absent in the area is the availability of healthy food. We are all about growing healthy fresh food in places where it is needed.”  Read More

Cardo’s Farm Project: Planting Seeds of Sustainability Deep in the Heart of Texas

January 13, 2012 |

Farms across Texas suffered widespread drought and wildfires during 2011, the Lone Star state’s driest year on record. Thanks to sustainable practices, however, two young farmers in northeast Texas are helping to set a smart agricultural example for a state and a country facing a rapidly changing climate. Cardo’s Farm Project, located in Ponder, TX, is a working vegetable farm and education center founded by Daniel Moon and Amanda Austin in December of 2010. Read More

Conservation Agriculture Systems Institute Set to Launch, Collaboration of UC and Ag Sector Professionals

January 9, 2012 |

On January 27, the Conservation Agriculture Systems Institute (CASI), an organization born from a collaboration between the University of California and public and private sector agricultural professionals, will formally announce that it is ready to begin operations.

CASI combines two previously independent University of California programs, the Conservation Tillage and Cropping Systems Workgroup and the California Overhead Irrigation Alliance, into a singly comprehensive and expansive conservation initiative. Read More

Branding and Marketing Advice for Sustainable Food Entrepreneurs: Making Your Farmers Market Products Stand Out

December 22, 2011 |

Welcome to the second installment of Alisha Lumea and Polly Legendre’s advice column for sustainability-minded food entrepreneurs who are seeking answers to questions about product branding, marketing, development and more.

This week’s questions come from Ryan in San Diego, CA.

Question:

How can a direct to consumer seller at a farmers market make their products stand out more for consumers and/or attract more restaurant buyers? Read More

Study Reveals Widespread Usage of Mobile Technology Among Canadian Farmers

December 21, 2011 |

Canadian farmers are not afraid to use smartphones, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) announced.

FCC Senior Agriculture Economist Jean-Philippe Gervais said mobile mobile technology can provide a lot of value for producers.

“Getting access to relevant financial data and economic information can be a real advantage in a fast-moving marketplace,” he said. “Innovation has always been a major driver of profitability in agriculture and mobile technology is just one more tool available to gain a competitive edge.”

The Study

FCC’s Vision Panel study surveyed 4,121 FCC Vision Panel members consisting of producers, agribusiness operators and agri-food operators on their technology use in June. Read More