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Two leading horticulture businesses recognised by LEAF for High

Environmental Standards

Leading horticulture companies, Tangmere Airfield Nurseries Ltd and Eric Wall Ltd, both based in Chichester, have been launched as LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Demonstration Farms in recognition of their commitment to sustainable farming. They are LEAF’s first glasshouse businesses to become LEAF Demonstration Farms and join a group of 40 other farms in the UK showcasing the very best of sustainable farming practices. LEAF Demonstration Farms act as ‘living classrooms’ demonstrating the sustainable farming principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) to other farmers, supply chain, conservation groups and members of the public. IFM is a whole farm business approach that delivers more sustainable farming. It uses the best of modern technology and traditional methods to enrich the environment and engage local communities. Linking Environment And Farming news release.

 

Farm to Table, Rhode Island Style

He’s got dirt in his blood.” That’s how Karla Young describes her husband, Tyler, who built the Young Family Farm into a thriving agribusiness through a combination of hard work, education and sheer force of will. “He is one of the very few people who can say he knew what he wanted to do when he was five years old. He wanted to be a farmer,” said Karla. But he is far more than that to thousands of Rhode Island families who benefit from the fruits of his labor. The fresh potatoes, turnips and squash appearing at food pantries across the state are often coming directly from his fields. During fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013), the Youngs donated 241,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Food Bank. Young Family Farm post.

 

Access and engagement with the natural environment

There are around 3 billion visits a year to the natural environment in England half of which are to the countryside. Half the visits involve walking with a dog. Black and minority ethnic groups, older people and people living in deprived urban areas are less likely to have visited the natural environment. There is a positive benefit of a walk or a run in a natural environment compared to a synthetic environment; this is additional to the benefits from physical activity. Money is spent on around one quarter of day visits to the natural environment, with an average of £28 spent per visit. RuSource Briefing 2175 (Natural England)

 

A Food in all Policies Approach in a Post-Industrial City: Baltimore City, Maryland

Baltimore City, Maryland faces many of the same food system opportunities and challenges of other post-industrial cities, but the municipal government is aggressively pursuing a “food in all policies” approach by engaging agencies throughout the city. This feature highlights the initial efforts that established this approach, including an effort to institutionalize intergovernmental collaboration, and a few of the subsequent policies aimed at improving food access and supporting urban agriculture throughout the city. Growing Food Connections post.

 

Crowdfunding Boosts Farm Efforts, No Substitute for Hard Work

“Barnraiser was a very effective tool for us,” said Crystal Powers, of Darby Springs Farm in Nebraska. “Our campaign raised over $10,000 to build a creamery. Barnraiser had easy-to-use tools online and a great team behind the scenes who helped us set up our campaign and checked in with us through every step.” With the Barnraiser model, you develop a 30 to 60 day campaign consisting of a video, web page, rewards for donors, and an intensive social media drive. If the funding goal is met, the project receives the money pledged by donors. If the effort falls short, donors keep their money. Other crowdfunding sites deliver partial funding for the project. All such sites charge fees of 3-9 percent, plus credit card fees. Center for Rural Affairs story.

 

Rhode Island’s 2015 Farm Scavenger Hunt

Stop at a participating RI farm or RI Visitor’s Center to pick up your map and clues to begin! Rhode Island Fruit Growers Association post. Brochure.

 

Are you ready to forage?

Edible weeds and fungi have endured decades of being sprayed with round-up, ripped out of gardens and stepped on, but now these misunderstood plants are finally getting the respect they deserve. We recommend you start off your foraging adventures with some help from the experts to avoid damaging the environment or accidentally losing a couple of days in a hallucinogenic haze. The field Guide post.

 

Survey Shows Farmers and Hunters Have a Lot in Common

Working through Farm Journal’s website property, AgWeb.com, Paulsen surveyed farmers in key agricultural states across the country and received 827 responses. After reviewing the survey results, it is clear that farmers are very engaged in hunting activities. Over 46 percent of the respondents said they like to hunt 10 days or more each year. Conversely, only 17 percent said they do not hunt at all. Paulsen leading Ag post.

 

The LEAF Marque is a food label consumers and the food industry trust

Investment in LEAF Marque certification is a real commitment to the whole food chain, providing you, the producer, with a genuine commercial advantage in the demanding premium and assured food markets.  In a recent survey of LEAF members 66% of LEAF farmers agreed with the statement ‘by adopting LEAF and IFM principles we have benefitted financially’, on average each farm saved £14,000 (or £40.00 per hectare). Linking Environment And Farming website.

 

How much food do you need for security?

A study published on 11 May in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that countries heavily reliant on importing their food — including many in the Arab world and Latin America — are more exposed to environmental and market shocks than those where at least half of all food is home-grown. SciDev.Net post. Study abstract.

 

Chef’s Table (Netflix Original)

Chef’s Table” offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world’s most renowned, international culinary talents. Each of the six episodes features an acclaimed chef, who include Ben Shewry (Melbourne, Australia), Magnus Nilsson (Järpen, Sweden), Francis Mallmann (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Dan Barber (New York City, USA) and Massimo Bottura (Modena, Italy). Netflix post.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

 

Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate

Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the productivity and profitability of agriculture in North America. More variable weather, drought and flooding create the most obvious damage, but hot summer nights, warmer winters, longer growing seasons and other environmental changes have more subtle but far-reaching effects on plant and livestock growth and development. Resilient Agriculture recognizes the critical role that sustainable agriculture will play in the coming decades and beyond. The latest science on climate risk, resilience and climate change adaptation is blended with the personal experience of farmers and ranchers. New Society Publishers book review.

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