A Simple Fix for Farming
IT’S becoming clear that we can grow all the food we need, and profitably, with far fewer chemicals. And I’m not talking about imposing some utopian vision of small organic farms on the world. Conventional agriculture can shed much of its chemical use — if it wants to. This was hammered home once again in what may be the most important agricultural study this year, although it has been largely ignored by the media, two of the leading science journals and even one of the study’s sponsors, the often hapless Department of Agriculture. Mark Bittman opinion in the New York Times.
Local Food Task Force summit tries to improve nutrition
The Springfield Area Local Food Task Force will host the second Sangamon Area Farm to School Summit aimed at improving child nutrition, supporting local agriculture and integrating school gardens into curriculum. Presenters will share information on how to procure local and healthy food in an economical way and provide farm to classroom curriculum for teachers. The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Illinois story.
Restaurant adopts QR code program to connect customers and producers
Customers at Delmonico’s, New York’s oldest steakhouse, may now scan the quick response (QR) bar code on the restaurant’s menus to access information on their cell phones about the origin of the beef they order. The program is made possible through Where Food Comes From, a retail and restaurant labeling program that connects consumers directly to the source of the food they purchase, including profiles of the producers and information about production practices. Meatingplace.com post.
Locavore Nature Walk
These gardeners and gardens demonstrate how simple or elaborate you can go! You will see everything from a three tier terrace garden overlooking the ocean to an urban fruit and vegetable garden in the city of Portland! The garden owners will be present at each of the TWELVE sites throughout the county, as well as other Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver volunteers to demonstrate and talk about the various garden strategies employed. Kelly Ash blog.
Out of reach
Maybe this is why we’re fat. Or part of the reason, at least. A quarter of a million South Carolinians live in “food deserts” — the red areas — communities where it’s tough to get to a supermarket, especially if you don’t have a car. There are at least two types, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Urban food deserts are low‐income Census tracts where people live more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store. For rural food deserts, that distance is 10 miles. For some, living in a food desert means if you’re not motivated to go trekking for some Brussels sprouts, you might just pick up a bucket of glistening KFC for dinner instead. Bluffton Today blog.
North Scottsdale Locavore Fair
Local vendors and businesses, including such as What’s Your Grind Coffee, Fierce Hot Foods, and North Scottsdale Organics sell and sample their work and local artists display their work. An Arizona beer and wine tasting is held and local musician Ronald Jean plays a flamenco dueling guitar set. The event is designed to educate the public about local businesses that supply goods in Arizona. Zvents.com.
Overgrown: What happens when urban farms get too big?
Environmentalists have grown used to thinking of urban agriculture as something that occurs on pinched vacant lots in former industrial towns. But as farms of 20 acres or more start appearing in more cities, their owners are reworking the definition of “urban farm,” and causing some agtivists to question whether bigger really is better. In San Diego, there’s the 140-acre Suzie’s Farm. In Albuquerque, there is 40-acre Skarsgard Farms. Not only are both located within the city limits, they both grew more than $1 million in organic produce this season. Grist story.
Locavore: The truly organic nature of sauerkraut
Take cabbage and salt, let them stew in their own juices and what do you have? A certified-organic raw food with an array of health benefits: Hawthorne Valley Sauerkraut. The kraut is bottled in 15-ounce jars, as well as one- and five-gallon buckets. The larger quantities are purchased by large-scale customers south of Ghent, including health food stores and New York City hot dog sellers. The kraut is also sold at the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, at organic food stores in southern and western New York. Times Union blog.
The Strangely True Tale of Johnny Appleseed
You’ve probably heard of the legendary character who traveled the Midwest planting trees, but he’s not a myth. Johnny Appleseed’s real name was John Chapman, and he was born in Massachusetts in either 1774 or 1775. He was first noticed by history in 1801 when he arrived on horseback at the farm of John Stedden in Licking Creek, Ohio. Stedden thought Chapman was rather eccentric, but he listened to the man’s plans to head west and plant apple seeds along the way for future settlers. National Public Radio story.
Fooducate Launches GMO Labeling Feature in Mobile App and on Website
We’re pleased to announce a new feature available today on our website and iPhone app – GMO information on hundreds of thousands of products! (It’s free, if you were wondering) Why wait for passage of California’s Proposition 37 when you can start choosing non-GMO foods right away? Fooducate press release.
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The new breed of PINK pumpkins raising money for breast cancer research
A farmer has found a unique way to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month – by planting pink pumpkins. Bert Bouwman, planted 15,000 seeds on his farm in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and has been harvesting the light pink vegetables with his children this weekend. The vegetable grower will donate 25 cents from every pumpkin sold to breast cancer research, and he said they are already flying off the shelves at local grocers. Daily Mail (UK) story.