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Agriculture & Food

10 Places to Learn to Be A Farmer Across the Nation

Places to Learn Farming

The average age of American farmers is 58.3 years, according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture. Young farmers are needed, and those who are inexperienced have a variety of farmer training programs (many of them focusing on sustainability) from which to choose.[read more]

The City Dwellers Who Are Growing Food in India, China and Brazil

Urban Gardens are a Global Movement

According to the US Department of Agriculture, around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. Urban agriculture enhances sustainability, secures public space, and provides much needed food security and health benefits for communities. We look at examples from three continents.[read more]

Colorado May Pass Bill to Create Farm-to-School Food Supplies

Colorado kids could be getting much more local fresh food.

Colorado may pass a bill that would create state-wide farm-to-school supply chains to improve children's diets. House Bill 15-1088 seeks to build the capacity of farmers by helping them overcome economic hurdles and connect with school districts interested in serving fresh, local products to their students.[read more]

California Startup Links People with Local Agriculture Via Website, App

Local Food Production through the Web

A company in California is using technology to engage people in local agriculture and support the local farming economy. Ag Link, based in the San Joaquin Valley, has created a website and smartphone app, Ag Link Connect, for consumers looking for local food and farms.[read more]

New Book Tells of Small, Rural Farmers Beating the Odds in Tobacco Country

Small Farms and Innovation

In a time and place where unprecedented numbers of small farmers are going under every year, a new book profiles eight small farmers who are using a blend of creativity and market research to craft a niche for themselves in difficult economic conditions.[read more]

Missouri Council Finds Strengths and Weaknesses in Ozarks Local Food System

Local Food in the Ozarks

What makes a local food system? That’s what the Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council set out to discover through their food system assessment for the 20 counties surrounding Springfield, Missouri. Their findings show the strengths and weaknesses of the local food economy.[read more]

New Alliance Aims to Set Accreditation Standards for Garden Cities

March 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Letchworth, where it all began

A process has begun to create a set of standards to define a garden city following concern that the idea has been appropriated by certain developers who would not necessarily develop the most sustainable plans, and to champion the idea to the public.[read more]

New Mexico Black Chamber of Commerce Chairman Leads Way on Aquaponics for Food Security

Food Security

After Michael McNair investigated why some black farmers in the state experienced water shortages, he learned about aquaponics from watching videos on YouTube. In a moment of epiphany, he realized that aquaponics would work not only for these farmers, but for the entire state of New Mexico.[read more]

Florida Benedictine Sister Keeps the Faith with Aquaponics

Florida and Aquaponics

When a Benedictine sister at a St. Leo, Florida monastery wanted to do more in helping feed the hungry and heal the world, she did something a bit unexpected: she started an onsite aquaponics system. Prior to this endeavor, Sister Miriam Cosgrove’s knowledge of aquaponics did not extend far.[read more]

University of Iowa's Toolkit Helps Communities 'Start the Conversation' on Local Food Systems

Local Food Support

A new Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit produced by the Iowa State University’s Community Design Lab offers communities the planning tools necessary to prioritize and ignite urban farming projects.The Toolkit includes process, practice and case studies to help jump-start local urban agriculture programs.[read more]

Apples and Tomatoes: Comparing Community Gardens and Municipally Sponsored Urban Agriculture

March 14, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Gardens and Agriculture

 

If a city wants to feed itself, which is more effective: community gardens or municipal growing projects? Darrin Nordahl Believes it's the city government, but the examples in his book Public Produce: the New Urban Agriculture, actually say otherwise.. So which is true?[read more]

Local Food College Helps Minnesotans Get Ready for Spring

Local Food College

In Minnesota, winters are often bitter and unforgiving. But the colder months are an ideal time to share knowledge about sustainable food production. That’s why staff at University of Minnesota’s extension service chose January to launch the Local Foods College.[read more]