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Q&A: Robert Egger on Food Security and the Aging Population

December 17, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Access and Aging

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, a culinary arts job training program for people coming out of foster care and incarceration. He also launched D.C. Central Kitchen, a similar effort, in 1989. L.A. Kitchen is currently in pilot phase and will launch in a new space in 2015.[read more]

Nonprofit Spinoff Looks to 'Bring Detroit Back' Via Food Entrepreneurship

December 14, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Detroit and Food Entrepreneurship

As the sustainable agriculture movement has flourished in the United States, so has the need to support the local food movement in concrete and productive ways. Hopeful Harvest Foods, an offshoot of the influential Forgotten Harvest of metro Detroit, is coming up with practical solutions to do just that.[read more]

Are We Living in a Food Hub Bubble?

December 13, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Hub Bubble

Regional food hubs have become all the rage in the past year among local foods advocates. These startups promote local food system development by offering aggregation and distribution services to farmers, food producers and vendors around the country. But can they survive in the long term?[read more]

If We Plant the Plants Will the Insects Follow?

December 13, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Nature and Urban Green Space

Remnants of indigenous vegetation are the only remaining examples of ecosystems that were once more extensive before human settlement. They are therefore vital for preserving and promoting biodiversity. Remnant vegetation also serves as a refuge for indigenous plants, fungi, and animals.[read more]

Waste Not, Want Not: 7 Innovative Organizations Turning Excess into Aid

December 12, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

There is no such thing as "surplus" food.

Virtually every major city has a food pantry to help the needy, but some food aid organizations are raising the sustainability bar by putting excess food and food waste to good use. Many offer culinary training programs and others use algorithms to match excess food with those who need it.[read more]

Trial and Error of CSAs and Farm Co-Ops is About to Pay Off in Baltimore City

December 12, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore and Urban Farming

The United States has lost over four million farms since 1930, which was around the time the economics and sustainability of farming was changed by factory farming and other challenges. Baltimore County has lost nearly 150 farms between 2002 and 2012.[read more]

Urban Agriculture: What's Really Making a Mark?

December 9, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Farming Successes

It’s easy to label urban farming as the solution to serious societal problems like food deserts, economic development, and obesity. But not all urban farming is alike. Some methods are bound to be more successful, profitable, and impactful than others.[read more]

Women in Food: Sasha Kanno Brings Sustainable Farming to LA Suburb

December 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Southern California resident Sasha Kanno, 38, cares so much and so deeply about where food for her friends and family comes from that she started a nonprofit biodynamic farm and training/education center in Long Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles.[read more]

Urban Biodiversity Is Both an Educational and Public Awareness Challenge

December 4, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Biodiversity

The current urban bias against biodiversity in cities and urban areas has been perpetuated by the longstanding conceptualization of urban land uses as non-primary, largely separated spatial units that relate to each other in a complementary manner.[read more]

How Google Earth is Helping Create an Urban Agriculture Inventory in Rome

December 4, 2014 by This Big City

Google Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture has been credited for numerous positive effects in cities, such as access to fresh food, agro-biodiversity and as a contributor to improved social and cultural relationships. Like many other regions, urban agricultural activities are spreading in the city of Rome.[read more]

L.A.-Area Startup Envisions Sustainable Farming in the Suburbs

December 3, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Suburban Farming

I arrive at the address I was given, but all I see is an empty lot, covered in weeds and blocked by a chain link fence. After a second look, I realize the place I am looking for is next door. I walk past the house at the front of the property, through a wide gate and into what at first glance appears to be a sea of mulch.[read more]

Nonprofit Helps Appalachia Farmers Sustainably Adapt to Changing Markets

December 2, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Appalachia Farming and Changing Markets

How do you go about creating a thriving, sustainable local food system? According to Charlie Jackson, the executive director of the Asheville, NC based Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project “you’ve got to jump in and start doing it.”[read more]