Sign up | Login with →

Agriculture & Food

The Uncelebrated Places Where America's Farm Economy Is Thriving

May 22, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

We consume their products every day but economists give them little attention, and perhaps not enough respect. Yet America’s agriculture sector is not only the country’s oldest economic pillar but still a vital one, accounting for some 3.75 million jobs — not only in the fields, but in factories, laboratories and distribution....[read more]

How Economically Viable Small Farms Can Benefit Local Urban Communities

Rishi Kumar, ecological designer & urban farmer.

Across Southern California, a new breed of small farmer is emerging to not only take advantage of the growing demand for local food, but also to connect urban communities to their food. These farmers are often working on backyard plots within or on the outskirts of cities that are less than 1-acre in size.[read more]

exclusive

Webinar Roundup: How to Get Started in Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture – the Next Big Thing For Cities

May 18, 2015 by David Thorpe

The future of salad growing

Last week Sustainable Cities Collective hosted a successful webinar on urban agriculture, in particular indoor and vertical farming. It gave plenty of advice to anyone thinking of entering the industry or just curious about it. If you missed it, read this write-up, see a record of the Twitter conversation on Storify or listen to a recording here.[read more]

The Seed Exchange Library That Fought the Law and Won

Seeds and Agriculture Regulations

Minnesota’s first public seed library came to the attention of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture after the story broke in the media in late 2014 – but not in a good way.It had broken the law. This is the story of how supporters fought to get the law changed so it could continue its good work.[read more]

Food Assistance Program Brings More Fruit and Vegetables to Needy, Helps Local Farmers

Local Food and Feeding the Needy

Double Up Food Bucks doubles the value of federal nutrition aid used at stores and markets that participate. So not only do low-income consumers have much greater access to fresh food, but local farmers make more money and the economy benefits from more money spent on locally-produced foods.[read more]

Only Known If You Measure It: Local Food Creates Jobs, Improves Economy

Local food creates jobs - official

How do you measure the strength of a local food system? Healthy Harvest of North Iowa is a network of community stakeholders, growers and consumers covering nine counties in northern Iowa with a focus on promoting sustainability in the food system.[read more]

Commercial Kitchen Incubator Grows Small Food Start-Ups in California

Small Food Start-Ups

Starting a small food business isn’t easy; high start-up costs and strict regulations can prevent even the savviest of small food entrepreneurs from realizing their dream. If you live in California’s Coachella Valley, however, starting a small food business has gotten a bit easier.[read more]

NYU Urban Farm Lab Teaches Important Lesson in Urban Agriculture

Urban Farming at NYU

NYU’s Urban Farm Lab is not your typical classroom, but for students at NYU’s Food Studies program, it’s where they learn one very important lesson: how to grow food in the big city. It was the inspiration of NYU graduate student Daniel Bowman Simon who thought there should be an urban garden on campus.[read more]

Michigan Food Innovation Hub Fosters Collaboration between Local Food Producers

Michigan Food Innovation

Local food producers in Northwest Michigan are entering an era of collaboration thanks to the emergence of the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub. The food hub is an important step toward a more connected and cooperative local food community in the region.[read more]

Instead of a Golf Course, a Farm is the Centerpiece of a New North Carolina Subdivision

Farming in the Subdivision

The feature amenity of Wetrock Farm, with 141 home sites, will be a 15-acre sustainable farm managed by professionals. Organic fruits and vegetables will be grown at the farm, which will host a farm stand and space for educational and recreational programs.[read more]

A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities

April 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Cities, Nature, and Space

Cities fragment the landscape that they occupy. If that landscape was not already transformed by agriculture, the fragments may contain remnants of natural ecosystems. The sustainability of these relatively pristine ecosystems is dependent on their size, shape, and connectivity to one another.[read more]

How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions

Urban Food Waste

 

It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year. More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, restaurants and cafeterias—than at any other stage.[read more]