Wisconsin Farmers Union Helping to Create New Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative
The Wisconsin Farmers Union is hoping to establish new avenues for growers and buyers of locally grown fresh produce to come together through a newly created business venture. It’s called the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative and it will be dedicated to allowing farmers better control of their markets and receive profitable prices for their products. Wisconsin Ag Connection story.
Food is on Island agenda
The Isle of Wight’s High Sheriff and MP, local food producers and supermarkets are among those invited to speak at an event that will include a debate on global food security. The event, Loaves and Fishes — How Secure Is Your Food?, has been organised by the Isle of Wight Federation of Women’s Institutes and will be held at Northwood House, Cowes, on Wednesday, July 24. Open to all, the event will focus on the controversial issue of food security — meeting the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of good quality food, coupled with the importance of promoting local produce to reduce food miles. Isle of Wight County Press story.
New farm cooperative offers fresh produce
A multi-county, two state partnership of local agricultural producers has finally launched and is now taking orders for fresh local produce for delivery starting the first of May. Farm Fresh Ventures Cooperative brings farmers in Anson, Chesterfield, Montgomery, Richmond, Stanly and Union counties together to sell their products through a weekly produce box subscription. Richmond County Daily Journal story.
Community, local food resource website launched
The release of this website coincides with the kick-off of a new season of farmers’ markets, CSAs and farm-to-institution programs,” said Greg Schweser, community food systems planner for the University of Minnesota Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program’s North Central division. Walker Minnesota Pilot Independent story.
Tips for making your farmers market visit great
Most of the farmers markets in Whatcom County have opened for this year’s growing season, making it easy for a locavore to find farm fresh food, usually harvested the same day or within 24 hours. (Note: a locavore is a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible.) Visiting a farmers market can be an exciting family outing. Here are some tips for making it enjoyable and easy. Bellingham Herald Whatcom Locavore blog.
Organic farmers hold locavore essay contest
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York is looking for essays of no more than 500 words that describe what it means to you to eat locally and organically. The winning essay will be printed in the fall issue of our New York Organic News, and the writer will receive $50 worth of books and a subscription to Taproot magazine. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story.
‘Bike Fresh Bike Local’ ride boosts Pittsburgh-area farming
Bicycle riders took on the many hills of Allegheny and Butler counties to raise close to $10,000 on Sunday for a nonprofit that seeks to encourage family farms and local food production. The first “Bike Fresh Bike Local” rides, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, drew more than 300 participants to the event that began and ended at the North Park ice rink. Pittsburgh Post Gazette story.
Collaborating efforts within farming community could spur growth in Ann Arbor’s food system
Small farmers are often limited when it comes to their ability to move their business to a larger scale. Rena Basch is the owner of Locavorious, a business that freezes local produce and sells it through a CSA. “The bottom line right now is that local versus non-local still means small versus large,” Basch said. “We have the same barriers as any small manufacturer of any kind of thing … it’s hard to make that transition from small to large — for local food it’s no different.” Major institutions like the University of Michigan and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township — which are looking to add more local products in its supply chains — require a streamlined system for ordering mass quantities. AnnArbor.com story.
Local First Street Party
The 10th annual Local First Street Party drew thousands to downtown Grand Rapids for a celebration of local food, music, and beer. This year’s party was extended by one hour, starting an hour earlier at 3 p.m. and almost made it until midnight as heavy rains moved in late. Fans of the band Stepdad would have to wait for another date to catch them on stage. With the eclectic mix of music and various local food vendors offering up the entertainment and grub, Founders Brewing Company unveiled a new brew in honor of the party’s anniversary. Grand Rapids Press photo gallery.
Payments for Ecosystem Services: best practice
Payment for Ecosystem Services should be designed not to undermine existing stewardship arrangements. To work schemes must represent a win for both buyers and sellers. The level at which payments are set should reflect supply and demand for particular ecosystem services and be at an agreed point between the minimum and maximum values. In seeking to establish Schemes should take into account wider environmental and sustainability objectives. Summary of “Payments for Ecosystem Services: A Best Practice Guide” published by UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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Experience from Chicago Urban Grower, May2013
Harry Rhodes from GrowingHomeInc.org Chicago sharing his experience of urban agriculture in Chicago. He gave the presentation in Toronto, May 2013. YouTube video.