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What is Needed to Help Precision Agriculture To Grow?

February 10, 2016 by Mark Boyd

Precision agriculture has a huge potential in helping reduce farming inefficiencies, and creating a new relationship between urban areas and their food bowl. Here's how three emerging startups are speeding up their growth by making their systems connectable and accessible to farmers.[read more]

The Difference Between Micro Gardening & Sprouting

January 4, 2016 by Kay hebbourn

As I contemplate the plan for the garden this year I’m remembering how difficult it was last year to grow lots of things. We had a mild winter followed by a cool, wet and windy summer with very little sunshine and warmth.[read more]

5 Reasons to Know Your Farmer & Food Maker

January 1, 2016 by Barnraiser. Us

The Practical Reason: As humans, we can be a little particular about how we do things. It’s good to have people you trust providing you with the things you need. Food is one of those things you need.[read more]

A Look Back at the Food Trends of 2015

December 28, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

Looks like the way to be trendy is to get a little traditional.[read more]

Looking Ahead: Food Trends of 2016

December 23, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

The vegetable of the sea, seaweed is a member of the algae family and comes in a few varieties (easily divided by color). It’s alluringly sustainable; it doesn’t require fresh water or land to grow. It’s a good, but not primary, source for protein, Omega-3s, calcium, and minerals and it’s the best for iodine. Eating seaweed will also help you expand into a new flavor profile: umami.[read more]

Cycling to the Boro-ichi Market in Setagaya, Tokyo

December 18, 2015 by Byron Kidd

Setagaya Boro-ichi has been officially recognised as one of Tokyo's intangible cultural assets dating back over 430 years. Beginning in he 1570s as a "free market" where taxes were removed to boost the ailing economy Boro-ichi flourished as a place to buy and sell old fabric scraps. Later Boro-ichi became a year-end market adding farming equipment and New Years goods to the list if items on sale and was held on December 15th each year.[read more]

Seattle Company Unveils Commercial Food Waste-to-Energy System

November 30, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

A newly minted portable food waste digester hopes to revolutionize small-to-medium scale kitchen operations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.[read more]

Can Cities Feed Their Inhabitants?

November 30, 2015 by Charles Arthur

There are three dominant trends to which cities and national governments must respond in order to secure food supplies for their people. First, between 1980 and 2011 the global population not dependent on agriculture doubled to 4.4 billion, and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization this population is growing at a rate about five times that of the agriculturally dependent population.[read more]

Indiana Urban Farm Takes Whole Lifestyle Approach to Local Food

November 9, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

For the past seven years, the work of Growing Places Indy has evolved to include a winter farmers’ market, yoga classes, a summer apprenticeship program, educational offerings, and several urban farm sites.[read more]

In Vino Veritas: The Truth About Water And Wine

November 5, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Like many other industries, winemaking is evolving toward more eco-responsible solutions, and winemakers are taking action to gain more knowledge, share their findings and innovate viable tactics to reduce their water footprint.[read more]

Portland Aquaponics Business Sells Live Microgreens via CSA

October 21, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

You get your basil, arugula and/or a mix of spicy salad greens, but in a unique twist subscribers to the CSA also receive trays of live microgreens, which they can snip off to eat when it suits them. Möbius sells its microgreens live to avoid nutrient loss, spoilage, and waste.[read more]

Food Day is Transforming the Sustainable Food Movement in the United States

October 20, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us
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Food Day on October 24, 2015 is the annual campaign to create a more sustainable food system in the United States based on the philosophy that “Food should be healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the animals, environment, and people who serve, produce and harvest it.”[read more]