Local Foods

  1. Campus Farms Sustain Growth in Local Foods

    The local food movement has grown in recent years, and no less so than on college campuses, with community gardens and campus farms proliferating at schools of all sizes.College campus gardens are so mainstream that there are published rankings naming the best ones in publications like Best College Reviews and Modern Farmer.
  2. Providing Fresh Produce to Urban Food Deserts

    Through a variety of methods that range from inexpensive carts to converted school buses, food security advocates in many cities sell fresh fruits and vegetables directly to low-income customers living in urban food deserts.Increasing access to affordable produce isn’t simple or cheap, according to mobile produce supporters, but it isn’t impossible either. Comprehensive and effective strategies incorporated among local government officials, volunteers and potential customers can sustain these mobile farmers markets for the long term.
  3. Food Hubs Bring Local Food In Reach

    Demand for local food is growing. Yet city dwellers often find it easier to buy a cabbage that has traveled 500 miles than one that was grown in the next county over. And farmers might find it easier to grow corn for a national market than table vegetables and fruits for a local one.Who benefits when food is eaten closer to where it's grown?
  4. New Report Shows Local Food Boosts Regional Economy

    AMES, Iowa -- A new report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows that institutional purchases of local food added nearly $9 million to the Iowa economy in 2012.What’s more, the report points out enormous opportunities for local foods that could benefit rural communities and farm-based businesses. Investigators measured significant sales from only a small segment of potential markets for local foods among grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, college and school food services and other institutions.
  5. Community Gardens Flourish in Lawrence, Kansas

    Community gardens have the potential to beautify vacant lots, augment local food supplies and enhance the urban environment in a variety of ways. But, successful program management requires careful planning and ongoing support, according to Eileen Horn, sustainability coordinator for Douglas County and the city of Lawrence, Kan.In the winter of 2011, the city surveyed its vacant and underutilized properties, identified appropriate sites for agriculture, and made these sites available to citizens through an application process.
  6. Aquaponic Agriculture Holds Promise for Local Foods

    AMES, Iowa -- An aquaponics experiment in Iowa is demonstrating that fresh greens and tasty fish can be produced almost anywhere in an economically and ecologically viable form of agriculture. Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics in which fish waste is used to organically create nutrient-rich water that allows plants to grow without soil.
  7. Farmer Education Programs Help Sustain High-Tech Farming

    On an afternoon in May, a group tours a Wisconsin farm, learning about producing biofuel from soybeans, canola and sorghum. At a pasture walk near Giard, Iowa, individuals learn about rotational grazing, pasture improvements, subdivisions, and watering systems over rough and rolling terrain. In Dubuque, Iowa, the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management conference covers adjusting ration starch concentration, corn snaplage and shredlage, pricing homegrown and purchased forages, recycled manure solids for bedding, economics of robotic milking and evaluating farm feeding programs. While your father might recognize the complexities, technologies and possibilities of today’s farming business, your grandfather likely would not.
  8. Farm-to-School Network Plays Matchmaker for Local Foods

    All across America, the left hand is growing crops, raising livestock, and distributing the finished product to consumers. Also all across America, the right hand is purchasing large quantities of food to serve in schools, hospitals, and other institutional markets. Because the two hands don't often work together, the process of food production, distribution and consumption may be more complicated and costly than it needs to be. Bringing the two entities together is the Farm to School Network. Its mission, in part, is to connect K-12 schools and local farms "with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers." This network allows farmers to know where they might find nearby customers for their product, and for those looking for locally produced goods to find a grower.
  9. Study Finds Organic Agriculture More Profitable

    GREENFIELD, Iowa -- Organic crop systems can provide similar yields and much higher economic returns than a conventional corn-soybean rotation, according to 13 years of data from a side-by-side comparison at Iowa State University's Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm. The Long-Term Agroecological Research Experiment (LTAR) began in 1998 with support from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The LTAR is one of the longest running replicated comparisons in the country. Kathleen Delate (pronounced DELL-it), professor in ISU Agronomy and Horticulture, leads the project.
  10. Urban Gardens Spell 'Victory' for Sustainable Cities

    During World Wars I and II, when the public food supply was strained by the war effort, Americans were encouraged to plant gardens to help feed their families and the troops overseas. Nearly 20 million households planted these "Victory Gardens," which produced 40% of the nation's vegetable needs and helped boost the national morale. After the war, gardening steadily declined as industrial, rural farming became the norm, and refrigerated transport across America's new interstate highway system made fresh produce more available and affordable. But, some question whether this trend is sustainable.
Tuesday 10/01/2013
PlantCare's Irrigation Technology Supports Sustainable Food Production
Updated: April 28, 2014 - 5:43 pm

ZURICH -- Swiss start-up PlantCare has successfully developed an intelligent, self-learning irrigation control system. Experts believe this innovation can achieve the same or even higher crop yields while consuming less water and, at the same time, help combat the increasing shortage of water.

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Tuesday 04/16/2013
Purpose-Designed Crops for Biofuels, Biopower and Biobased Products
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 5:00 pm

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for the biobased industries, announced the launch of its first sorghum hybrid products in the U.S. and in Brazil. NexSteppe’s new Malibu sweet sorghum hybrids and Palo Alto high biomass sorghum hybrids offer a tailored alternative for companies seeking a cost-effective feedstock solution for the production of advanced and cellulosic biofuels, biopower and biobased products.

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Monday 11/19/2012
Companies Enter into Joint Venture for Renewable Oils
Updated: April 28, 2014 - 2:56 pm

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced that it has entered into a Joint Venture Expansion Framework Agreement with Bunge Global Innovation LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited, a global agribusiness and food company.

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Wednesday 06/27/2012
Entrepreneurs Seek Food Sustainability Solutions
Updated: April 28, 2014 - 5:47 pm

FLINT, Mich. -- Finding new ways to produce healthy, sustainable food sources for a growing population is a necessity. Austin Lawrence, a current Kettering University student, and Brian Falther, a 2010 Kettering University graduate, are motivated to offer a solution to food sustainability nationwide, starting in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Monday 04/23/2012
New Resource for Rainwater Catchment System for High Tunnel Irrigation
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 11:09 am

AMES, Iowa -- A potential problem for Iowa fruit and vegetable growers can be turned into a liquid asset, thanks to a one-year research project conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

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Tuesday 04/03/2012
Soil Moisture Monitoring Reduces Groundwater Contamination
Updated: April 28, 2014 - 5:48 pm

FRESNO, Calif. -- Following the publishing of a recent UC Davis groundwater contamination study, PureSense Environmental Inc. announced its ability to help growers prevent nitrate leaching into groundwater through its soil moisture monitoring technology, giving growers the tools to significantly reduce contamination.

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Tuesday 03/27/2012
Anvil Launches Organic Garden Program with Schools
Updated: April 28, 2014 - 5:40 pm

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Anvil Knitwear, manufacturers of the Anvil Eco Collection for the imprintables and private label apparel markets, announced its sponsorship of the Earth Day Organic Indoor Learning Garden program in partnership with Earth Day New York. The program provides organic container gardens to classrooms in public schools in New York City. Anvil's goal is to equip 10 percent of the city's schools with an organic garden by next year's Earth Day 2013 Celebration.

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Wednesday 01/26/2011
Report: Global Warming to Continue Rise in Food Prices
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 3:09 pm

SANTA MONICA, California -- A recent report on climate change sees crop prices rising over the next 40 years as the globe heats up, according to an article published in the January issue of Food Nutrition & Science. Using computer modeling, researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) assessed the harmful impact of climate change on food security through 2050.

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Monday 10/18/2010
High Pressure Pasteurization Process Eliminates E. Coli and other Food-Borne Pathogens
Updated: April 28, 2014 - 2:57 pm

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- The Safe PacTM Corporation now offers USDA and FDA-approved High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP) to packers, food processors and manufacturers on a contract service basis.

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Saturday 05/29/2010
New Hampshire Recovery Corps

Recipient: Campus Compact For NH

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Friday 03/19/2010
Communities Putting Prevention to Work

Recipient: Hamilton, County of

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Thursday 03/18/2010
Colorado - Obesity Communities Putting Prevention to Work

Recipient: Tri County Health Department

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Friday 02/12/2010
Addition to Farmer's Market pavilion in Salem.

Recipient: Salem Area Community Betterment Association

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Saturday 02/06/2010
Texas - Statewide Policy and Environmental Change - Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Tobacco

Recipient: State Health Services, Texas Department of

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Tuesday 09/15/2009
Farmer's Market

Recipient: Fort Valley City of

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Monday 09/14/2009
Community Development Block Grant

Recipient: City of Los Angeles

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Friday 09/04/2009
Bland County Farmers Market

Recipient: Bland, County of

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Monday 08/31/2009
Galax Farmers Market Enhancement Project

Recipient: City of Galax

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Tuesday 08/18/2009
Cedc Farmer's Market

Recipient: Covington Economic Development Corporation

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