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Building 'Links in the Chain' of Food Innovation at California Baptist University

January 31, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Universities and Food Innovation

California Baptist University in Riverside, California is a vital part of Riverside’s local and sustainable food efforts through its Food Innovation Center. Part of the university’s Department of Health Sciences, the 4,000-square foot space provides extensive classroom, laboratory and kitchen space.[read more]

What Do Developers Think About Managing for Biodiversity in Conservation Developments?

January 30, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Biodiversity, development and conservation - can they coexist?

Recently, a popular concept called conservation development (CD) has gained traction in many planning and design fields. CDs typically are developments where homes are clustered on small lots with the remaining areas conserved as open space, as opposed to traditional development.[read more]

Building an Aquaponics Megafarm in Anaheim: A Q&A With Aaron Flora

January 29, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Anaheim Megafarm

Aaron Flora has worked on creating farms with Renewable Farms for years, but he just recently embarked on his biggest project to date, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign: a mega-aquaponics farm for the city of Anaheim, California that will double as a community training center.[read more]

Using a Phone App to Map Your Own Travel Impacts

January 29, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Measuring Urban Movement

 

A phone app can let anyone see precise travel details and determine exactly where transit and infrastructure investments should be made. They'd also be able to plan to minimize the carbon emissions associated with travel. And so would you. But – what are the implications for personal privacy and security?[read more]

Can Aquaponics Thrive in the Midwest? Indiana Startup Bets On It

January 28, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Midwest Local Food Source Development

How can a cold, Midwestern state grow organic produce all year, while also providing fresh fish to the local community? Those are the questions Justin Long, co-founder and CEO, and Jason Fry, co-founder, asked themselves before founding Blue Lotus Aquaponics in November 2013.[read more]

Michigan's Governor Dissolves State Food Policy Council as MSU Looks to Build Local Council Network

January 25, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Michigan Food Policy and Support

The Michigan Food Policy Council was created in 2005 with the task of bringing together stakeholders across the state interested in improving the food environment in Michigan. The council worked with a variety of urban and rural community groups, providing direct support to farmers as well.[read more]

Designing with Nature: Insights for Drought Resilience and Carbon in Elqui Valley, Chile

January 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Design and Natural Integration

Measures taken in cities to improve their adaptation to drought and for carbon sequestration are usually based on an efficient use of water and energy. But nature and rural areas near cities can provide key ideas to address these issues which are more in line with local needs and nature.[read more]

Farm-to-School Program Brings Fresh and Local to Riverside, California School District

January 23, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farm-to-School and Student Health

In the Riverside Unified School District in Southern California students enjoy access to locally-sourced salad bars and experiential learning opportunities in agriculture and nutrition. Much of this success has been spearheaded by Rodney Taylor, Director of Nutrition Services for Riverside Unified School District.[read more]

Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms

January 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Community Garden Output Tool

Community gardeners and urban farmers across North America are using an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work. A small group of dedicated gardeners created the toolkit in mid-2013 as part of the Five Borough Farm initiative.[read more]

Indiana Local Food Startup Breaks Into Major Chain Stores With Frozen Food

January 21, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Production and Chain Stores

Nick Carter, Adam Moody, and Chris Baggott came together a couple of years ago to invest in a processing facility in Greenfield, Indiana. Husk grows market share in the local frozen food market through a combination of entrepreneurial know-how and the power of social media.[read more]

Why Cities are the Solution to Climate Change: A Q&A with Ani Dasgupta

January 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Cities and Climate Change

Ani Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and speaker at the upcoming Transforming Transportation 2015 conference, designed to learn more about the unique solutions cities can offer to combat climate change, boost economic prosperity, and catalyze smart urbanization.[read more]

From Farm to Fork and Back Again: New California Law Seeks to Close Food Waste Loop

January 20, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

California Food Waste Legislation

California’s regulations governing organic food waste became more stringent on September 28, 2014, as Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1826 into law. The law requires commercial generators of food waste to have it composted or transformed to energy via anaerobic digestion.[read more]