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Toronto Aquaponics Startup Works Toward a 'New Normal' in Local Food Production

Local Food Production in Toronto

Pablo Alvarez and Craig Petten are Toronto natives with a combined 40 years of experience in the food industry. By starting a new aquaponic farm in their home city, the co-founders hope to both increase Toronto’s food stability and increase people’s connection with their food.[read more]

New Hampshire-Based Nonprofit Helps Immigrants Find a Fresh Start in Farming

Immigrants and Farming

At Fresh Start Farms, immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs participate in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project. The program, in operation since 2008, helps new arrivals to not only establish a food source for their family, but to begin a sustainable small business in their adopted community.[read more]

Neighborhood Alliance Plans to Convert Vacant Lot into Urban Farm, Housing Complex

February 26, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Food and Housing Redevelopment

The Hilltop Alliance, a nonprofit, is working on a project that could drastically advance urban agriculture in the state. The organization wants to turn a vacant 107-acre lot into Hilltop Village Farm, a multi-use development that would include 120 townhomes, a 20-acre urban farm incubator, a youth farm and CSA.[read more]

Food Ecosystem: Greening up our Plates

February 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Ecosystem, Food, and Diet

Every calorie of food we grow, harvest, ship, process, package, chill, cook, eat and throw away uses up resources from the environment: the soil and its nutrients, water, fertiliser, fuel, and so on. It also impacts on the environment by using its waste-absorbing systems.[read more]

Riverside City Councilmember MacArthur Channels Citrus Background into Enthusiasm for Local Food

February 22, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Issues and Local Food

Riverside City, California Councilmember Chris MacArthur not only has a background in citrus farming, but he has channeled his enthusiasm for local agriculture into being a founder of Grow Riverside and promoting the Grow Riverside conference.[read more]

The Life of a Local Forager: Dwight Detter on How Products Get into Whole Foods' Shelves

February 21, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Whole and Local Foods

Dwight Detter is a food forager. But he’s not spending his days gathering in the forest. He’s sourcing local producers for Whole Foods Market in southern California. Detter shares his region with two other Local Foragers; together they help select the products and the producers for 40 Whole Foods stores.[read more]

A Community-Based Financing Model for Local Food: Maine Harvest Credit Project

February 20, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Maine Harvest Credit Project

A new venture in Maine seeks to provide financing to local farmers and food producers by establishing a credit union focused on Maine’s local food economy. The Maine Harvest Credit Project is the brainchild of Sam May and Scott Budde, Mainers with backgrounds in finance and the local food movement.[read more]

New EU Project Explores Deriving Graphene From Food Waste

February 20, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Graphene and Food Waste Recycling

A new EU project, PlasCarb, is exploring the potential to create graphitic carbon (the basic material for graphene) and hydrogen from food headed for the landfill. Not only does graphene have the potential to revolutionize the green economy, but it also could be produced from food waste.[read more]

Entrepreneur Puts the "We" in Food Retail, Encourages Collaboration in Local Urban Food Production

February 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food and Community Participation

“For every new microbrewery opening up in your city, there are thousands of home brewers with dreams of selling their beers to you as well, whose dreams go unfulfilled. The same goes for home bakers or urban foragers. Food is hot, and people want to experience real foods, made by real people, near them.”[read more]

Cellulosic Ethanol From Agricultural Waste May Have Just Gotten A Bit Cheaper

February 19, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Waste Recycling Improvement

For years, cellulosic ethanol made from crops like switchgrass (which can grow on marginal land) or agricultural waste has held promise, though it also presents a number of challenges that have prevented producers from efficiently scaling up its production.[read more]

San Francisco Restaurant Entrepreneurs To Grow Produce, Source Menu Locally

February 16, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Established restaurateurs Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint have a penchant for accountability in the food industry. Their latest offering, The Perennial, is set to open this spring. It will provide tech district office workers with a lesson in sustainability as well as a locally grown lunch.[read more]

The Real Cost of Bad Eating

February 14, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Food and Public Health

“Eat food, mostly plants, and not too much,” suggests best-selling author and science journalism professor Michael Pollan, whose books cover the rising food movement. It’s a great way to keep things simple in a world where we are bombarded with new ideas in nutritional science, and fad diets.[read more]