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Kimbal Musk is Changing the Food System One School Garden at a Time

Kitchen Community’s Learning Gardens, which are made from are made of 18-inch-tall blocks of white recyclable polyethylene, can be configured in different layouts depending on a school’s needs. They have an integrated drip system which means that maintenance is minimal, especially in the summer and over the weekend. Most importantly, they can be built in just two days. There are currently 268 Learning Gardens in Memphis, Chicago, and Denver, with more on the way, and the Kitchen Community team works with public and private funders to raise the $40,000 necessary to build each one. Civil Eats post.


Grub’s up! Galway wins European Region of Gastronomy title for 2018

‘Galway – West of Ireland’ and North Brabant in the Netherlands were named as the successful bidders for 2018 at a meeting of International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT) experts in Den Bosch last week. The European Region of Gastronomy Award recognises innovation and integration in gastronomy, culture, tourism and economy. Successful bidders go on to mount a major, year-long programme showcasing their region and its produce. Irish Independent story.


Why This New York Restaurant Chain Is Buying Its Own Farm

By next year, if you happen to have lunch at Dig Inn—a chain of fast casual restaurants in Manhattan—the kale or Brussels sprouts on your plate might be more than just local. It might have been grown at the chain’s own upstate farm. “But now we’ll establish ourselves in not only understanding what they do, and what their day-to-day looks like in how they provide vegetables for us, but also to be a mover and shaker in changing what the farm-to-table conversation can look like.” The farm will experiment with different varieties of heirloom seeds, rotational and companion planting, and other organic farming methods. Fast Company Exist story.


New Food Entrepreneur Coaching Scheme – Scotland

In 2016 Nourish is offering a free mentorship and peer-coaching scheme for both aspiring and established local food entrepreneurs in Scotland, whether in primary and/or secondary production. (Future) veg growers, fruit producers, livestock-keepers, bakers, brewers, butchers etc, all welcome. As part of a small group of participants we’ll match you up with an experienced local food entrepreneur who can support you in getting clearer on how you can make a living from local food, what you still need to learn and where to go from here. Sustainable Food Cities post.


Federal government wants farmers to supply local markets

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union has been chosen for a federal pilot program that puts farmers in contact with markets close to home to meet the growing demand for food grown locally and to encourage more people to become farmers. The program gets $850,000 in federal funds that are added to $2 million in private contributions to hire regional coordinators. The program launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is called Leveraging Investment for Network Coordination. Colorado Springs Gazette story.


USDA Announces over $90 Million Available to Support Local Food Systems, Specialty Crop Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of more than $90 million in competitive grants to help strengthen local and regional food systems, develop new market opportunities for producers, and support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, flowers and nursery crops (known collectively as specialty crops). These grants programs are administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and include the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program. AgNet West story.


Get Ready For A Food Experience | From Foraging to Fine Dining

You may fancy yourself meandering through the beautiful Cork countryside on a Food Lover’s Gourmet Foraging Weekend. In the expert hands of food champion Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School, and innovative award winning Chef Kevin Aherne of Sage Restaurant, you’ll discover the food you can pick for free, and learn what to do with it in the kitchen. Then you will eat it, of course! Good Food Ireland post.


‘Food LINC’ To Boost Farm Sales, Grow Local Foods Sector In Ten Regions

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials today joined 15 national and regional philanthropic partners to announce a new initiative to bolster the supply chain for local food systems around ten key U.S. cities. The project, dubbed ‘Food LINC’, will connect demand for local food in ten urban areas with supply from farmers and ranchers, strengthening each region’s local food business sector and also increasing consumer access to healthy, local food. The announcement was made at the Wallace Center’s National Food Hub Conference in Atlanta. PerishableNews story.


South Downs National Park food products may be brand protected

Plans to ‘brand’ protect food and drink produced in the South Downs National Park have been a given a boost by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss. On a visit to Butser Ancient Farm she learned that the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is pursuing European Union (EU) protection for local food and drink products. “We want to protect them and their geographical location, by registering them with the EU. “It’s a bit like Champagne, only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region can be so called. This protection is vital to safeguard local products. Petersfield Today story


Grow your indoor garden all year round

This May, IKEA is introducing an indoor gardening series that lets you grow your own tasty lettuce and herbs in water. Developed in collaboration with agricultural scientists in Sweden, KRYDDA/VÄXER series includes everything you need to get sprouting and keep your garden growing – even in the winter! How it works? Just keep an eye on the water level. That’s all. Ikea post.




Italy to change law to make all supermarkets give unsold food to needy

Italy is set to pass a law that will make supermarkets donate their waste food to charities. It will become the second European country to pass such laws after the French introduced a bill in February which bans supermarket throwing away or spoiling unsold food. The bill has recieved widespread bipartisan support and is expected to pass the lower house of the parliament on Monday before a final vote in the Senate of the Republic. Independent story.


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