Local Food News — World

Open Food Network

We are the Open Food Foundation and the Open Food Network is our first project. It is a free and open source project aimed at supporting diverse food enterprises and making it easy to access local and sustainable food. The Open Food Foundation is a non-profit, registered charity established in October 2012, to develop, accumulate and protect open source knowledge, code, applications and platforms for fair and sustainable food systems. While established in Australia, we support global collaboration on open projects for food system transformation. We want to build and support communities that bring the people who need the software together with those who can develop it. We are currently working with communities in the UK, Europe, US and Canada on developing OFN pilots. Website.


Eagle Bluff plans farm, food lab

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is growing in a new direction, taking aim at helping solve an emerging environmental problem — food. “Everybody has to eat,” said Mary Bell, who is deeply involved with the issue. “Everything you eat has environmental implications.” The center is launching a plan to buy a farm and build a skills school that will be a place to teach people to grow food, even in winter. It also will teach them to dry it, store it and cook it well. The price tag for the farm and school could be as high as $15 million, he said. Post-Bulletin story.


The local food movement

This publication provides a brief history of the U.S. local food movement and its link to “good food” – food that is healthy, affordable, fair, and green – within the contexts of food access and health, food justice and sovereignty, the environment, and racial equity. The publication also contains a timeline that provides a sample of important U.S. events, policies, and statistics over the past 70 years that mark the growth of local food through the lens of the four elements of good food. Sustainable Local Food Systems Research Group post. Report.


Shopping destination service station opens in Cornwall

The first shopping destination service station has opened in Cornwall to give visitors and holiday makers their first taste of the Duchy. The Cornwall Services is the first major, motorway-style service station in Cornwall and the only one on the A30 west of Exeter. Located at the Victoria Interchange junction on the A30, less than 10 minutes from Bodmin the new facility is expected to create more than 200 new jobs. Work on phase two will start this year and is due to be completed in 2015. Three local food concessions featured onsite include Hugo Woolley’s Cornish Delish, the Open Oven Pizza Company and Sausage & Roll – all brand new Cornish businesses appealing to travelling visitors but also to locals who enjoy quality Cornish food. Western Morning News story.


King County ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ to grow local food supply

King County on Monday announced a new project to put more green on the table and in farmers’ pockets. Constantine introduced his new cabinet of food experts Monday – his so called “Kitchen Cabinet” to try to make local food easier to produce and eat. One strategy is to grow a program the county planted last year. It combined business and county money to buy open spaces and preserve them for farming.  The first acquisition was an old golf course, but just turning fairways to farm fields is not enough. KING5.com story.


Governor pledges further support for Taos Food Center

Gov. Susana Martinez toured the Taos County Economic Development Corp.’s Food Center Monday (June 30), touting $100,000 in state funding for the Salazar Road facility and pledging further support. Local Development Act funds from the New Mexico Economic Development Department are financing new roofing, ceilings, flooring and other upgrades to the food center that is a hub for local small businesses. Over the last 20 years, more than 100 businesses have grown out of the Food Center’s commercial kitchen, which has also sustained significant wear and tear operating around the clock. The Taos News story.


Florida updates consumer local food sales website

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has revamped a website that helps connect growers and consumers with Florida products. Florida Food Connect offers an easy way for growers to reach new customers and helps consumers find local growers of the freshest foods, according to a news release. The Packer story.


Spearfish Local chooses advisory council at local summit

An advisory council for Spearfish Local, a new initiative of Black Hills State University, was formed recently at a summit hosted by the university in partnership with the Wellmark Foundation. The summit, funded in part by a $24,800 grant awarded by the Wellmark Foundation to BHSU, included workshops for children and adults, as well as a dinner for the public made from locally grown foods. The advisory council will work closely to manage Spearfish Local, a new initiative that aims to better connect everyone in the Northern Hills region that grows, sells, or eats local food and other products. Black Hills Pioneer story.


‘YpsiTasty’ grub crawl to highlight restaurants that use local ingredients

Eating local has not only become a trend in dining establishments, but finding eateries that use local ingredient s continues to grow in popularity. But knowing which places offer such foods and finding time to sample them all can be a challenge. Luckily for all the foodies out there, a newly-formed grub crawl is hoping to help you discover those farm-fresh dining destinations. Growing Hope and the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber have partnered to give residents a chance to sample the various local food options in Ypsilanti through “YpsiTasty” a grub/pub crawl that will take place on July 29. The Ann Arbor News story.


How to fake that you’re a foodie

It’s not all about fine dining and knowing that you should ask to look at your cheese before ordering it. Being a foodie is about enjoying your food, knowing about it and being comfortable to try different things. From farm fresh fast food (yeah, it does exist) to food trucks to restaurants that showcase the best of the local stuff, half the fun is learning. And then viola, you’re a foodie … sort of. Andrew Hinge and Emelia Vimalasiri, the first ever My Kitchen Rules contestants from Canberra, have these tips to help you sound like you know what you’re talking about when it comes to food. NEWS.com.au story.




OpenTable By the Numbers: From Launch to $2.6 Billion

Today (June 13) travel reservations giant the Priceline Group announced they’d acquired online restaurant reservations leader OpenTable for $2.6 billion. That is an astronomic amount of money. Of course, that’s nothing in the tech world, where WhatsApp went to Facebook for $19 billion, but it is in the neighborhood of acquisitions like Google’s Nest deal ($3.2 billion) or Apple’s deal with Beats ($3 billion). But the question is: how did the 16 year old OpenTable get to $2.6 billion? And is it actually worth that much money? Eater story.


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