Local Food News — World

The Rise of the It Bird

If I had never seen Janet Bonney reënact the mouth-to-beak resuscitation of her hen Number Seven, who had been frozen solid in a nor’easter, then was thawed and nursed back to life—being hand-fed and massaged as she watched doctor shows on TV—I might never have become a chicken person. But a few years ago I happened to watch a documentary called “The Natural History of the Chicken,” which opens with the story of Bonney and Number Seven, and for the first time the thought of owning chickens entered my mind. The New Yorker story.

 

Good Food Nation Bill in Programme for Government

Pete continued, ‘Nourish believes the Good Food Nation Bill will be an excellent opportunity to protect and progress a rights-based approach to food. A statutory duty on Ministers to create a

towards a food system where we all have access to good food that meets our dietary needs with dignity and choice, and that treats the environment and producers fairly – including through access to land.’ Nourish Scotland news release.

 

British film crew documents American Harvest Eatery’s ‘farm to fork’ approach

A Springfield restaurant that specializes in the use and preparation of locally sourced food may soon be more famous across the Atlantic Ocean than it is in the capital city. A crew from the Travel Channel was in the Springfield area Aug. 17-19 to film a program called “Flavours of the USA,” a series that airs primarily in the United Kingdom but can also be seen in Germany and France. The episode featuring Springfield’s American Harvest Eatery and a Chicago restaurant will air in September and will focus on the “farm to fork” philosophy of the establishments. The State Journal-Register story.

 

Local food products up for awards

Coastal spring lamb and Mash Tun Crackers are both finalists in this year’s New Zealand Food Awards. Coastal Spring Lamb and Coastal Lamb, the brainchild of Turakina farmer Richard Redmayne, is a finalist in four categories – one for chilled foods, one for primary sector products, one for business innovation and one for export innovation. Mash Tun Crackers are one of seven finalists in the Novel Ingredients Award. The awards have been going since 1987, and are organised by Massey University. New Zealand Herald story.

 

Why fresh produce should hit the tourist trail

The report highlights numerous ways in which local communities are developing significant income from food tourism. There are examples such as Tebay and Gloucester motorway service stations that include farm shops selling local produce reflecting the strong local producer networks in those areas. Then there’s the Cornish village of Padstow, which has developed a strong reputation as a local food destination enhanced by celebrity chefs, and Amble in Northumberland, which has a growing food and drink offer that is fully integrated into local economic development plans. Produce Business UK story.

 

The power of local produce

A year on, as well as promoting teamwork and community spirit – with a view to increasing tourism in the area – promoting local producers has been a key focus of Cong Food Village. Mr Keane explains there are countless benefits for local communities of supporting locally produced food. “When I become a chef 20 years ago nobody cared who made my butter or my salt. Now I know who makes my salt personally and I know who makes my butter. “I can trace everything I buy, and it’s the same in the village, we can all trace everything back to source so instead of giving money to a big multinational, you’re encouraging the community by giving money to a farmer or local butcher or a fisherman. Galway Independent story.

 

Farming policy debate intensifies

The debate over the future direction of UK farming policy post-Brexit has intensified, with influential conservation bodies putting forward strong views last month on where they believe Government support for the sector should be targeted. While the National Trust emphasised the need to bolster farming’s green credentials, the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s (CPRE) New Model Farming paper focuses more on its social and health aspects, urging support for small producers including new entrants, nearness to markets and particular support for fresh-produce suppliers, pointing out: “We eat too few fruits and vegetables yet national production has decreased and imports have risen.” Horticulture Week story.

 

How food policy may feature in the White House after November

Food activists may bemoan the low profile given to food in the current campaign but they cannot accuse the outgoing US President of ignoring food issues. Indeed, making the battle against childhood obesity a priority was a defining feature of the Obama presidency, while reform to nutritional labelling and the recent introduction of nationwide GMO labelling legislation reflects the high priority given to food policy during President Obama’s two terms in office. Just Food analysis.

 

First all-Ireland luxury sleeper train begins week-long rail tour

While guests will be dined and entertained on board at night, head chef Alan Woods promises the finest local produce dominates the menus — they include Killarney venison, Donegal turf-smoked salmon and crab cannon, and warm Kildare wild elderberry and plum compote. Irish Examiner story.

 

Humanure: the end of sewage as we know it?

Laura Allen, a 33-year-old teacher from Oakland, California, has a famous toilet. To be honest, it’s actually a box, covered in decorative ceramic tiles, sitting on the cement floor of her bathroom like a throne. No pipes lead to or from it; instead, a bucket full of shavings from a local wood shop rests on the box next to the seat with a note instructing users to add a scoopful after making their “deposit.” Essentially an indoor outhouse, it’s a composting toilet, a sewerless system that Allen uses to collect her household’s excrement and transform it into a rich brown material known to fans as “humanure.” Allen is a founding member of an activist group devoted to the end of sewage as we know it. Her toilet recently made an appearance in the Los Angeles Times—which might explain why she didn’t seem surprised when I emailed her out of the blue to ask if I could use it. The Guardian story.

 

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A ravenous suffix

Locavore has been one of the most popular new food words of the 21st century since its explosion in popularity in 2007 when it was Oxford University Press’ Word of the Year. As eating locally has gone from trend to common practice, locavore boosted the lexical stock of the -vore suffix, spawning new words and reviving older ones. The opportunivore eats anything available: It’s essentially a rebranded dumpster diver. Vegivores are not-quite vegetarians, eating occasional meat or fish: You could also call these flexible eaters flexivores. The Boston Globe story.

Local Food News — Ontario

It all started with Max…

From those bright-eyed beginnings, our real food team has grown (a lot!) and Real Food for Real Kids now serves fresh, nutritious, and delicious meals and snacks every day to over 15,000 kids in child care centres and elementary schools in the GTA. A wise woman once said, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” We like to think we can hear her cooking, too! Real Food for Real Kids website.

 

Metro Inc bolsters its locally sourced food program, allowing smaller producers to supply chain

As food margins get thinner amid a deepening price war among grocery retailers, Metro Inc. has bolstered its sourcing capabilities to get more local produce from Ontario suppliers, a program similar to one it rolled out in Quebec three years ago. Canada’s third-largest grocery retailer says its enhanced local purchasing policy will allow much smaller farmers and food producers in the Ontario to supply to the chain, a move that allows the company to carry a higher percentage of local produce in its stores during key growing seasons. Financial Post story.

 

A Food Lovers Guide to Ontario’s Favorite Swim Spots

If all the sun and sand is working up on appetite on the beach, look no further than the Casero Food Truck operating right on site. Using locally sourced produce and meat (Kilannan Altbier battered Georgian Bay whitefish tacos, anyone?), this Mexican-style food truck will have you coming back for seconds. And make sure to try one of their fresh, made from scratch paletas! Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance post.

 

Eastern Ontario Local Food Challenge!

(Re)discover local food in Eastern Ontario during the second annual Local Food Challenge August 12 to 28. Throughout the two weeks,  residents are challenged to (re)discover the local food sources in their community by choosing more local food and sharing their local food experiences online.  All participants are eligible to win prizes from local sources. Participants must register no later than August 24 to report the local products that they pick, buy and catch from August 12-28. Sustain Ontario post.

 

Together We’re Bitter Brewing

As a multi-stakeholder co-operative, we’re running things a little differently. Workers and community supporters own the business and have a say in how things unfold at TWB. Our aim is to make our community a more vibrant place to live by celebrating the intersection of creativity and craft beer. There’s a co-operative brewing. Website.

 

Campus food providers under pressure from student tastes to revamp menus

The University of Toronto’s downtown campus will cut ties with its food service provider, Aramark, later this summer and start running most of its on-campus dining options itself, the latest school to satisfy what appears to be a growing appetite for fresh meals. Chefs, for example, will cook soups and sauces from scratch instead of ordering from a production facility, Macdonald said. Such changes were called for by students, faculty and staff in focus groups leading up to the decision not to renew Aramark’s contract, she said. BC Local News story.

 

Local groups launch Food Policy Council to create sustainable food system

On the morning of June 16th, local groups took the first step toward creating a more sustainable food system, unveiling the Middlesex-London Food Assessment and announcing the creation of a food policy council. The collaborative team of London Community Foundation, the Middlesex-London Health Unit, the City of London and Middlesex County, proudly unveiled the Community Food Assessment this morning at Covent Garden Market. Alongside the presentation of the assessment, the Middlesex-London Food Policy Council was announced with a call for applications asking Londoners who are passionate about food to submit an application to join the council. London Community Foundation post.

 

Local Food Week – Investing $1.5m in Ontario’s Agri-food Sector

During Local Food Week this June, the Greenbelt Fund announced over $1.5m in new investments in projects across Ontario to increase the purchase of local food. Investments ranged from increasing the local field-grown produce sold in Subway sandwich shops during the harvest season, to launching a local food hub in Temiskaming, to developing a daily meal sourced entirely from Ontario products for Dana Hospitality’s broader public sector clients. Greenbelt Fund post.

 

Rural Summit explores strategies to retain and attract youth to rural, remote and northern areas of the province

Youth from across Ontario joined community, business and municipal leaders at the Rural Ontario Summit at Stratford Rotary Complex this week. With its theme of Building the Future, the daylong session focused on attracting and retaining the next generation to the province’s rural and northern communities. Workshops explored issues like education and training, jobs and entrepreneurship, social infrastructure and civic leadership. Stratford Beacon Herald story.

 

Protecting Farmland Forever

Ontario Farmland Trust recently released Protecting Farmland Forever, its new video featuring local farmers, land owners, and farmland advocates who make the important connection between local food and preservation of local farmland. Video.

 

Adding value through the Species At Risk Farm Incentive Program

The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program is a cost-share program that is designed to help farmers implement on-farm projects aimed at enhancing, protecting, or creating habitat for species at risk, such as the Snapping turtle or Monarch butterfly. The program promotes a number of on-farm best management practices to support species at risk that can be applied to croplands, grasslands, wetlands and woodlands. Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association post.

 

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Andrew Coppolino’s top 10 reasons for shopping at farmers’ markets

While supermarkets – both small and large – have taken their cue from farmers’ markets and have attempted to feature more local food (and good on them for doing so), farmers’ markets are one of the best ways to find great local food in season. They have a long and important history of bringing people, food and commerce together. So, in descending order, here are my top ten reasons for shopping your local farmers’ market. CBC News story.

Local Food News — World

The Guerrilla Grafting Movement

There is a group of fruit lovers in San Francisco that practice something known as “guerrilla grafting” –  they graft fruit bearing branches onto fruitless, ornamental trees across the Bay Area city. Having access to free fruit sounds like a wonderful idea, considering the number of homeless people who can rarely afford a decent meal, but guerrilla grafting is actually illegal. Oddity Central post.

 

Yardfarmers follows 6 young Americans as they move back home to farm their parents’ yards

Yardfarmers, which was created by Erik Assadourian, a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute and a sustainability researcher and writer, aims to follow six young Americans as they move back in with their parents to grow food in their parents’ yards and/or other neighborhood greenspaces. It’s an intriguing proposition, and one which may help to bring urban farming and backyard farming out from under the Portlandia hipster umbrella and put it back in the forefront of conversations about sustainability and food systems. Treehugger story.

 

New 1LOCAL Index brings transparency to food scene

In 2014, PASA launched its Real Deal Project to understand the concept of “local food.” The project sought to understand how consumers and food purveyors define local, what values are embedded in the concept of local food, and what food businesses are doing to communicate their local practices. This lead to the development of 1LOCAL Index, consisting of an online self-assessment, a customized infographic report and a best-practices toolkit. Farm and Dairy story.

 

Chickens Key to Living Backyard-to-Table

As Americans look to eat more natural, homegrown food, the farm-to-table trend is popping up in backyards. And for families embracing the backyard-to-table movement, chickens are a key element, according to Tractor Supply Company, the nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer. During its springtime Chick Days event, Tractor Supply serves as a one-stop resource for families who want to get started raising backyard poultry. Through April, baby chicks and ducklings are available at most Tractor Supply stores nationwide. Marketwired press release.

 

OOOOby Taranaki hopes to rebuild local food sources with homegrown goods

A business focused on rebuilding local food sources is looking for homegrown providers. Ooooby Taranaki, Out of our own Backyards, will begin delivering locally-sourced produce to Oakura, Omata and New Plymouth on Wednesday May 25 and if business booms then Ooooby partners Ursula Bil-Tetink and Emma Thorp hope to spread the business throughout the region. Taranaki Daily News story.

 

Food policy conference planned at UC Riverside

There will be a break-out sessions on the following topics: Farming the 21st Century, Securing Capital to Grow Agribusiness, Connecting Local and Health, Resources for Food & Agriculture Production, GIS Mapping to Connect Growers and Landowners, Community Engagement Workshop, Farming on Less than 10 Acres, Ag Land Lease Agreements, Local Food Procurement Policies, and Career Opportunities in Food & Agriculture. University of California post.

 

Sodexo’s “Vermont First” Commitments Bearing Fruit as Local Product Purchases See a Significant Increase

Under the “Vermont First” program, Sodexo works with farmers, distributors, processors, state government, non-profits and supply chain players within the farm to table economy to increase the amount of local food grown and sold in the state and beyond, contributing to growing Vermont’s economy. Sodexo has already completed many of the commitments it pledged to at the launch announcement, including developing a plan to meet the production needs of Vermont farmers and creating a steering committee of Vermont stakeholders to discuss issues of procurement, marketing and meeting cutover demand. CSRwire.com press release.

 

When Whole Foods asked for local produce, more than 100 growers applied

Whole Foods Market announced last month that it was seeking local produce, meat, baked goods, body care goods and more to sell at its first store in the Lehigh Valley, expected to open this fall at the Costco-anchored Hamilton Crossings shopping center in Lower Macungie Township. The high-end grocery store that claims to sell only the healthiest and most natural products received 109 applications from suppliers by the April 6 deadline, spokeswoman Annie Cull said. Allentown Morning Call story.

 

In packaged food, local players beat multinationals in market share

The year 2015 has been a good year for homegrown food brands like Amul, Britannia, Mother Dairy, Parle, among others, as there has been a clear trend amongst consumers preferring Indian brands over their foreign counterparts. In fact, only three international brands (Mondelez, PepsiCo and Nestle) figured in the top ten players by market share across packaged foods, as per data from market research firm Euromonitor. Business Standard story.

 

Sacramento Kings, Legends Hospitality Announce More Local Arena Food Partners

The Sacramento Kings and Legends Hospitality announced three more local restaurant partners joining the food and beverage program at Golden 1 Center – the future home of the Sacramento Kings opening in October. These three restaurants represent the Kings and Legends extended commitment to sourcing local ingredients and supporting the regional economy, all while highlighting the best of Sacramento. NBA.com  story.

 

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America’s most densely-packed restaurant city may surprise you

You can’t swing a lobstah in Providence without knocking over a bowl of chowdah. What’s it like to live in a place where there are more restaurants per capita than anywhere else? “Because of the student population here (Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University), there are lots of cozy places geared to a tight budget,” says Jamie Coelho, associate editor at Rhode Island Monthly, where she writes and edits the publication’s local food newsletter, The Dish. Yahoo Canada Finance story.

Local Food News — World

Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

By signing the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, we, the mayors and representatives of local governments,  commit to the following: 1. We will work to develop sustainable food systems that are inclusive, resilient, safe and diverse, that provide healthy and affordable food to all people in a human rights-based framework, that minimise waste and conserve biodiversity while adapting to and mitigating impacts of climate change; Pact.

 

Royal orders to buy homegrown food and save the countryside

The Prince of Wales has urged shoppers to shun imported food in favour of purchasing British food whenever they can in order to support family farms and save the countryside. Heir to the throne Charles called on the public to harness their consumer power via an impassioned plea over “our living, breathing, working countryside”. The Prince, who met Yorkshire farmers at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate this summer, is frequently outspoken on countryside affairs and in his latest dispatches wrote: “On a sufficient scale the purchasing decisions of individuals can and do change markets. Yorkshire Post story.

 

UC Davis Grads Hope Henlight Shines Light On Needs For Small Farmers

U.C. Davis graduates are shining a light on hunger with a small solar invention they’re taking to a competition this week in Germany. So the group invented the Henlight, a tiny, solar-powered light for small farmers, and to use in their coops. “It is meant to stimulate the photoreceptive cells in the chickens brain,” said Emily. Light helps hens lay eggs. In the winter, our feathered friends lay fewer eggs, because there is less daylight. CBS Sacramento story. Website.

 

Milking it: event identifies an appetite for homegrown food

A one-day market and food event in Temple Bar next month celebrates Dublin food and the majesty of milk. The NCAD Garden soup will be part of the Dublin Made Me Market, a day-long free market put together with Dublin 2020. It will bring under one roof the people finding and making food in the city. There will be commercial producers alongside guerilla farmers who look at even the tiny forgotten spaces as opportunities to turn the city into an abundant place. Along with that allotment soup we’ll have freshly pressed apple juice from the Falling Fruit Project, Keoghs Crisps and Dublin-roasted coffee. Irish Times story.

 

A chef’s ‘long romance’ — with a garden

In many ways, Armstrong’s Alexandria garden is much like his father’s. He intended for it to be a small side-project, but it has since grown to a point where it helps sustain his restaurant. Its fruit trees, herb bushes and vegetable plants inspire dishes on the ever-changing menu. “It’s a small space, but similar to what my father was doing, we pack a huge amount into it,” says Armstrong, who spends about an hour a day in the restaurant’s fenced-in garden. “We change the menu here every day anyway, and a lot of it is just driven by what I get. The garden will be the deciding factor about how a dish works.” WTOP story.

 

RipeNearMe Is the Tinder of Foraging Apps

Created by husband and wife team, Alistair and Helena Martin of Adelaide, Australia, RipeNearMe provides a platform for people to buy and sell a variety of fruits and vegetables available in their areas as well as register their own produce and food. The co-founding couple formed the concept for RipeNearMe after noticing the majority of their neighbors’ citrus fruit trees were being left to the birds. Martin then realized the amount of money he and his wife were already spending at the supermarket on these fruits, and both knew something had to change. “We figured there must be a way to connect people to the fruit trees and produce that grows around them,” explained Alistair Martin. Thus, RipeNearMe was born. Paste Magazine story.

 

Waitrose offers ‘ugly’ fruit and vegetables at discount rate

Waitrose, the upmarket chain owned by the John Lewis partnership, is launching a range of “ugly” looking seasonal fruit at discounted prices for use in cooking. The “class two” produce will be either visually flawed or oddly shaped, according to Waitrose, but otherwise perfect for eating. But because the plums, strawberries, raspberries and other items are not ideal in appearance, they will be marketed for use in cookery and jam-making at a reduced price, in packs costing 50p to £1 less per kilo than their perfect-looking equivalents. Independent story.

 

Appetite for Patriotism Is Transforming Moscow’s Restaurant Culture

Before the ruble started to collapse late last year, Natalya Tuktarova ran a European-style gastro pub in downtown Moscow. It specialized in tart flambés and Italian wines. Then came Western sanctions and Vladimir V. Putin’s retaliatory ban on food imports from Europe and the United States. A homegrown food trend is taking hold and helping restaurants that cater to a new appetite for patriotism. See how three businesses in Moscow started and thrived despite sanctions. New York Times story & video.

 

Putting Fresh Food On The Table At The Norman Farmer’s Market

“ I did grow all of it for a long time, but, I can’t now because I’m a little bit too old and I don’t have enough help to get it done because my children are disabled,” Elam said. “Right now I have four different farmers more or less that I buy from, truck patch farmers that I buy from. And that supplies my market with my uh, homegrown.” Growers face challenges in getting a consistent supply of produce to the markets. Elam had problems this year with watermelons and corn and especially tomatoes because of floods in the Dibble area where they source much of their produce. “ When it flooded down there and the dam broke, they lost some big fields,” Elam said. “That cut us back on our tomatoes that I was hoping to get and some of the corn, some of the watermelons.” KGOU story.

 

Thank you! Together we can make a difference in the fight for food education

I wanted to give you an update on the Food Revolution Day petition which more than 1.6 million of you signed – that’s truly incredible; thank you again. Every single country on the planet was represented which, believe me, is no mean feat. Just to refresh your memory, the petition calls for compulsory food education for every child at school. At a time when diet-related disease is a major killer globally, I believe that this is every child’s human right. Jamie Oliver re Change.org petition.

 

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How food shapes our cities

Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world. Carolyn Steel TED Talk.

Local Food News — World

Why the Next President Will Need a National Food Policy

Last November, we published an op-ed article in the Washington Post calling on the president to establish a National Food Policy (NFP). Given that the production and consumption of food has a bigger impact on Americans’ well-being than any other human activity, our premise was that it deserved the same attention as such well-established federal policy areas as national security, the environment, education, or healthcare. Yet, despite its increasingly evident importance to the health of our people and our environment, the U.S. has no NFP — no plan or agreed-upon set of principles — for managing American agriculture or the food system as a whole. Medium post.

 

The big business behind the local food

Consumers’ appetite for local foods is exploding. Overall, local foods generated $11.7 billion in sales in 2014, and will climb to $20.2 billion by 2019, according to Packaged Facts, a market research firm. Not only has there been huge growth in the number of farm-to-table restaurants and farmers’ markets, but grocery chains and big box retailers, including Wal-Mart, are elbowing their way in, aggressively expanding and marketing their locally grown offerings for sale. Fortune story.

 

California Legalized Selling Food Made At Home And Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses

A government official appears at a man’s door.  The man has been breaking the law: He has sold bread baked at home. This isn’t a page from Kafka—it happened to Mark Stambler in Los Angeles. For decades, Stambler has followed traditional methods to bake loaves of French bread.  The ingredients are simple: distilled water, sea salt, wild yeast and organic grains.  Stambler even mills the grain himself.  To make it easier to steam loaves, he built a wood-fired oven in his own backyard.  Stambler’s loaves came in first place at the Los Angeles County Fair and the California State Fair. Soon after that, Stambler got the idea to expand his hobby into a home business, which became Pagnol Boulanger.  Word of mouth spread.  In June 2011, The Los Angeles Times profiled Stambler and his bread in a full-page feature. Unlike his bread, that profile was bittersweet.  He was busted the very next day. Forbes story.

 

California Homemade Food Act

A city, county, or city and county shall not prohibit a cottage food operation, as defined in Section 113758 of the Health and Safety Code, in any residential dwellings, but shall do one of the following: (1) Classify a cottage food operation as a permitted use of residential property for zoning purposes. (2) Grant a nondiscretionary permit to use a residence as any cottage food operation that complies with local ordinances prescribing reasonable standards, restrictions, and requirements concerning spacing and concentration, traffic control, parking, and noise control relating to those homes. California Assembly Bill No. 1616.

 

Welsh food centres team up to support £7bn plan

Wales’s three food centres are to collaborate to support the Welsh government’s Food and Drink Action Plan to grow the sector by 30% to £7bn by the year 2020. Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector post.

 

More women taking up hunting; quest for local food, cultural shift behind growth

More women are taking up the largely male-dominated sport of hunting to stock their freezers with local foods and as cultural influences, including movie heroines and marketers, make it more socially acceptable. Many of the new female hunters did not grow up hunting and are joining spouses or boyfriends in the sport, researchers say. Hunting outfitters are tapping into that. Movies like “The Hunger Games,” ”The Hobbit,” and “Brave,” which feature skilled female archers, have driven more girls and women to the sport, researchers say. Global News story.

 

JetBlue Has A Real, Working Farm At JFK Airport In New York City

JetBlue, everyone’s favorite airline if only because you get unlimited snacks, announced something a bit unexpected late last week. It’s not a new destination, nor some kind of fun sale—but an urban farm, based right outside the JetBlue terminal at New York City’s decidedly un-pastoral JFK airport. This past Thursday, discount airline JetBlue revealed that the company has set up a 24,000-square-foot farm just outside Terminal 5 in JFK airport, in Queens, New York. It’s actually an interesting design; because the farm is set up on concrete, there’s no natural soil to be used, so containers or planters are a must. The beds are made of 2,300 black plastic milk cartons bolted together, and the soil is, appropriately enough, mostly constructed of mulch made from composted food waste donated by restaurants in Terminal 5. Modern Farmer story.

 

‘Farm To Air’? Why JetBlue Is Farming At A New York Airport

“If it sounds crazy from the outside, it sounds mind-blowingly dumb inside an airport community. A lot of people raised their eyebrows,” Sophia Mendelsohn, JetBlue’s manager of sustainability, says. But she decided to go for it anyway, in part because the company was already making soil with composted JetBlue food waste in the Hudson Valley. The Salt story.

 

Ten amazing food market stalls around the world

Everyone knows markets offer great foodie experiences, but finding top produce needs local knowledge. We asked bloggers and food experts for their favourites – whether you fancy sushi, sausage or chai with a twist. The Guardian story.

 

Halloween event happening at Discovery Harbour: Pumpkinferno

Pumpkinferno got its start at Morrisburg’s Upper Canada Village three years ago, with attendance averaging more than 36,000 people annually. As well, the eastern Ontario entry has won multiple awards, including Ottawa Tourism’s Best New Company of the Year and Ontario’s Best New Event from Festivals and Events Ontario in 2013. Orillia Packet & Times story.

 

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The World’s First Robot Farm Requires No (Human) Farmers At All

Indoor farming, hyper-futuristic and spotless high-tech farms, have long been pegged as a possible future of farming. They’re low-profile, easy on the environment, and can be made to produce massive quantities of food, especially quick-growing crops like lettuces, very easily. The newest mega-farm is enormous, yes, but interesting for another reason: It’s run entirely by robots. One of the newest, from a Japanese company called SPREAD, takes that whole idea a step further by fully automating the entire process. According to Co.Design, SPREAD, which already operates a few indoor farms around Japan, will open a new, enormous “vegetable factory” outside Kyoto sometime in 2017. The new farm will focus on lettuce, which grows easily indoors and in these environments, and will be able to pump out 10 million heads of lettuce in a year, more than three times as much as the next largest SPREAD farm. Modern Farmer story.

Local Food News — Canada

Federal Elections: 4 Parties are in Favour of a National Food Policy

Food Secure Canada distributed a questionnaire to the five main political parties in September on the issues in our Eat Think Vote campaign. The Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Green Party responded to our questionnaire, the Conservatives did not.  Some additional information was extracted from their political platforms. Food Secure Canada post.

 

Food Security: Is it better to ‘eat local’ or global?

Thanks to the recent agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the issue of food security has made its way into the election campaign. Dairy and poultry producers were concerned that Canada’s system of supply management would disappear under the new deal and they warned that if that system was lost, a big part of our food security would go with it. As it turns out, supply management largely survived the seven years of negotiation over the TPP but beyond eggs, milk and cheese, Canadians are eating from an increasingly globalized menu. There’s concern that our reliance on global food trade makes Canada’s food system less secure. But not everyone studying food security shares that concern. CBC Radio, The 180 interviews.

 

Growing tomatoes in Espanola at Christmas?!

Using state-of-the art design and technology, an all-season greenhouse is now bearing fruit and vegetables, including cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, in Espanola. Cambrian College’s applied research division, Cambrian Innovates, along with its partners, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Greenhouses Canada, a partner of Helios Whitefish River First Nation, have collaborated to design, build and test this all-season greenhouse using energy-efficient techniques and materials. Northern Life story.

 

Province Announces New Local Food Entrepreneurs Receive Funding at Great Manitoba Food Fight

Three Manitoba-made products received funding and other support after winning at last night’s Great Manitoba Food Fight, highlighting the many exceptional and delicious locally made foods produced in the province, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced. “We want to help food entrepreneurs see their creations on store shelves for everyone to enjoy,” said Minister Kostyshyn. “Each year, the Great Manitoba Food Fight uncovers some of the best new food ideas in the province. It also gives the innovative people behind them a jump start to take their product to the next level, toward commercial success.” Wire Service Canada news release.

 

Community agriculture goes corporate with new agrihood housing developments

Community agriculture is going mainstream, and big business has taken note. No longer limited to a few gardening boxes on an old parking lot, the trend is taking centre stage in housing developments being built around the idea of community-grown local food. The agriculture-based developments, or so-called agrihoods, have already sprung up across the U.S. and now they’re starting to take root in Canada. One of the first is being established on an old cattle farm about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, where Frosst Creek Development Co. is building 129 homes along with four hectares of fruit orchards, berry patches and vegetable gardens. City News story.

 

Local P.E.I. food companies booming

Consumers turning to local for food they can trust. Local food has been the talk of the food media for years, and now some P.E.I. companies are finding consumers are ready to put their money where their mouths are. P.E.I.’s locally sourced and produced food market is in a boom, and much of it is coming from independent business. “When you know a local producer and you trust what it is they’re producing, certainly that is easier in a place like P.E.I. where you would have a better chance of knowing where your food is coming from.” CBC News P.E.I story.

 

New BuyLocalNB app connects people to locally grown food in New Brunswick

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick has released a smartphone app that helps connect New Brunswickers with local growers, producers and retailers. The council says the app focuses on getting visitors to farms, markets and other places where they can experience local food, products and crafts in their neighbourhoods. The free app, titled BuyLocalNB, is available on Android devices and will soon be available on iOS devices. The Canadian Press story.

 

Atlantic Canada coming into its own as wine

In case you’ve not heard, Atlantic Canada is having a moment. It is, by many counts, a region to watch — fast becoming a culinary destination in its own right, and now too for wine. The judging for the seventh annual 2015 Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards occurred last Friday and the winners of the competition will be announced later this month. The Chronicle Herald story.

 

Inverness farm land could be offered to immigrants

A group in Inverness County devoted to increasing local food production has begun an inventory of municipal land that could be offered to immigrants. Jim Mustard of the Pan-Cape Breton Food Hub said the group is working with the county’s municipal staff to see whether there’s any public land available. The idea, he says, is to identify pieces of land, locate them on a map, and then work with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture to understand the soil types. The goal, he says, is to figure out the food production potential of each piece. CBC.ca Nova Scotia story.

 

Next Step for Food Policy in Canada

Join us for a stimulating conversation with food system leaders from across Canada to explore next steps for food policy and advocacy. We will kick off the conversation with brief presentations on the post election landscape (Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada) and opportunities for policy and food system change (Dr. Rod MacRae, York University). How should we leverage opportunities to advance FSC’s four election campaign planks (food insecurity in the north, basic income, school food and new farmers) and a national food policy for Canada? Food Secure Canada post.

 

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An Economic History of Leftovers

Irma Rombauer said she wrote The Joy of Cooking with “one eye on the family purse.” Maybe it’s not surprising, then, that the original 1931 edition had so much to say about leftovers. Rombauer carefully inventoried all the recipes in the book that could serve as vessels for leftovers, and she enthusiastically detailed her favorite all-purpose techniques, such as folding chopped leftovers (it didn’t really matter what) into waffle batter or mixing them with cream sauce and stuffing them into hollowed-out vegetables. These tips resurfaced in editions of The Joy of Cooking published well after the Depression, but the tone on leftovers steadily shifted. The Atlantic article.

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Beer freezies being brewed up in Fredericton

It all started a few weeks ago when Lawrence began experimenting with other types of freezies, such as apple cider, yogurt and berry and vegetable juice. Then he decided to try beer ones, based on customer feedback. His latest invention, dubbed the Dooryard Shandy Sorbet Freezie, is made with Fredericton-based Picaroons Traditional Ales’ Dooryard Summer Wheat Ale. The beer is simmered lightly into an organic lemon, lime and honey-infused sorbet and then frozen, said Lawrence. “You’re not going to get drunk off them — fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on who you’re talking to,” he said. CBC News Fredericton story.

 

Barn doors open for local food

On Aug. 22 and 23, over 70 farms and ranches across Alberta will be open to the public, with special tours and agricultural activities from hay rides to food tastings to introduce urbanites to rural Alberta. Agriculture is Alberta’s largest renewable industry, with more than 43,000 farms on 50.5 million acres of land exporting over $9 billion in products and produce every year. That being said, Alberta is also the most urbanized province in Canada, with over 80% of the population living in cities. Edmonton Sun story.

 

Urban foraging: A sidewalk salad

John Winter Russell hasn’t gone more than a few steps from the Georges Vanier métro station and already he has spotted enough to fill a salad bowl. The Montreal chef and urban forager finds food in the most unexpected of places: in the crevices between paving stones and broken asphalt, in overgrown laneways and abandoned lots, in parks and untended garden beds and city planters. Montreal Gazette story.

 

‘Bee hotels’ spread across Canada

If bees had a tourism industry, it would be buzzing. Following the 2014 success of Canada’s first pollinator bee hotel, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have announced that they’re expanding their fleet of bee-friendly rooftop resting places for solitary pollinator bees, which make up 90 per cent of the world’s bee population and pollinate one-third of the food we eat. In addition to the existing refuge that sits atop the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, six more pollinator bee hotels will be built across Canada, from Whistler to Winnipeg. An additional ten are destined for public green spaces. Canadian Geographic story.

 

Local fare goes global

Be it Italian Day, the Buskerfest or night markets, food plays a significant role in the lives of Vancouverites. While sushi is certainly one of the most popular dishes in town, the city’s culinary scene offers much variety. Michelle Ng, food lover and founder of Vancouver Foodie Tours, says the culinary cuisine has changed a lot over the last decade. Vancouver’s culinary scene seems to be defined by people’s lifestyles and the geographic peculiarities. According to Ng, Vancouver’s food scene is primarily characterized by eating local, fresh ingredients. New Canadian Media story.

 

Matt presents Pan-Canadian Food Strategy Petition

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present two petitions today. The first is in support of a pan-Canadian food strategy. The signatories point out that Canada is notable among its industrialized comparators in our absence of a comprehensive food policy. The signatories to this petition call upon the Government of Canada to implement a pan-Canadian food strategy to support farmers, improve access to healthy and local food, and to market Canadian food at home and abroad. Matthew Kellway MP Beaches—East York post.

 

Choosing Local Food Is Casting Vote For World We Want To Live In

Robinson has been run off her feet serving customers and baking, but saw many opportunities to add products and grow the business. She simply didn’t have the time to do any of it. “I’m excited to have time to do things I couldn’t do before,” said Robinson. So Hayes and her husband Geoff, an IT specialist laid off from Tim Hortons, have thrown themselves in. Geoff, a hobby cook, is finding unique and local products to showcase in the market, including honey vinegar from Toronto Honeybee Rescue, ice syrup from Niagara and maple syrup from Deerfield Farms in Burlington. Hamilton Spectator story.

 

Time to table an overarching national food policy

Diana Bronson, executive director of Food Secure Canada, challenges any and all future candidates in the as-of-yet unannounced but inevitable fall federal election to get on board with a national food policy. Four actions this challenge centres around are: study the feasibility of a basic income floor as a first step to improve the lives of four million Canadians who are food insecure, create real solutions to the northern food-cost crisis with northerners at the table, invest in a universal healthy school food program so that all kids can learn well, and support the next generation of farmers who will provide sustainable, local food. Chronicle Herald opinion piece.

 

Food safety is important, but so is locally sourced meat

We need regulations that support local food systems, not hinder their development. One-size-fits-all solutions do not work because small-scale abattoirs that handle five or 10 cattle per day cannot and should not be subject to the same rules as industrial facilities that slaughter hundreds and thousands. Instead, we should be looking into on-farm slaughter methods and the use of mobile abattoirs. These offer a more humane alternative to provincial or federal abattoirs, and are more easily adapted to local meat producers’ needs. Montreal Gazette opinion piece.

 

Supply managed system touted in buy local campaign

If Canadians want to buy local food, they need to support the concept of supply management. That is the premise behind campaigns launched this spring by egg, dairy and poultry associations to protect the program that Canada has defended at every trade negotiation since the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade was in place. The campaigns emphasize how family farms working under a quota system can deliver fresh food to Canadians, said Alison Evans of Egg Farmers of Canada. Western Producer story.

 

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Your Food: Weighing the costs of eating ethically

If you are what you eat, there’s no shortage of Canadians seeking eco-salvation through their stomachs. Walk through just about any grocery store and you’ll see ads for “local” produce, “free-run” eggs and “pasture-raised” beef. The variety of choice suggests consumers are thinking more about the food they eat: not just its nutritional content, but also how it was produced. Global News investigative report.

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Cows and Fish

The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, more commonly known as ‘Cows and Fish’: strives to foster a better understanding of how improvements in grazing and other management of riparian areas can enhance landscape health and productivity, for the benefit of landowners, agricultural producers, communities and others who use and value riparian areas. Website.

Eat Think Vote campaign focuses on food policy

“Eat Think Vote” is the political slogan adopted by Food Secure Canada, an alliance of organizations working to end hunger and promote accessible, healthy food through sustainable food systems. As of Monday, the group will begin inviting federal candidates across the country to sit down to a community-cooked meal and talk seriously about the need for a better food policy in Canada. Toronto Star story.

‘It’s about time’: The plan to grow fresh produce in Nunavut

A group of Toronto students will spend the summer in Nunavut, building a greenhouse where they hope to grow fresh produce for local people to eat. Food is hard to come by in Canada’s North. The cold climate and short growing season don’t allow most plants to grow, so there are few options for those living so close to the Arctic Circle. Produce has to be transported in by boat or plane, leading to prices most southerners would consider exorbitant. Fresh fruits and vegetables generally cost about four times as much as in the rest of Canada. CTV News story.

7K Panorama Ranch allows guests to eat, drink and be merry

The tagline for the 7K Panorama Ranch, located about 40 minutes outside of Calgary toward Millarville, is “for the joy of gathering.” Mike and Deb Kaumeyer hope to transform their beautiful space in the rolling Foothills into an experiential food hub, welcoming students and other guests looking to cook, share a meal, feed a horse or stick their hands in the dirt. CBC News Calgary story.

You Gotta Eat Here to feature Battista’s Calzones in upcoming television show

Battista’s Calzone Company will be the centre of attention on Alberta Avenue on July 6, when cameras descend to tape an episode of the Food Network Canada show, You Gotta Eat Here. In preparation for the exposure, co-owners Liv Vors and Battista Vecchio have been sprucing up the five-year-old business, which is now complete with a bust of Caesar. The television program merely adds to the excitement around the shop, where Vors and Vecchio have recently expanded to include retail production, with their frozen products now available at the Italian Centre Shops in Edmonton. Edmonton Journal  blog.

The Hellmann’s® Real Food Movement is taking action against food insecurities in Canada

A recent Hellmann’s survey revealed that while 1 in 5 Canadians are living in a food desert only 50% of Canadians have heard the term.  A food desert is defined as an area where affordable, high-quality fresh food is difficult to access. Although the problem impacts Canadians throughout the country, it is more prevalent in the North, where fresh tomatoes can cost up to 7x more than an urban centre. Canada News Wire story.

Vancouver, Edmonton two of biggest players in Canada’s food truck scene

What is Canada’s food truck capital? Well, it’s not Toronto or Montreal, which have both between a little slow to embrace the street food trend. If you look at it strictly from a per-capita basis, Charlottetown, PEI – with its seven food trucks – leads the country. But it’s in the west that the food truck scene is truly booming. In 2015, Vancouver issued more licenses for street food than any other Canadian city. Global News story.

Farm land inside Winnipeg dwindling, committee votes for review

Currently, 29 per cent of Winnipeg’s land is zoned agricultural, but the amount of farm land is rapidly dwindling as many properties are converted to urban uses. The committee voted in favour Tuesday to authorize city staff to look more closely at food security issues, establish a Winnipeg Food Policy Council and take a hard look at land use that, according to the report, “could be reserved for agricultural and compatible uses considering existing development constraints.” CBC News Manitoba story.

ALR land can be used to establish breweries, according to new rules

New government regulations will make it easier for farmers to add or enlarge processing facilities on agricultural land and to establish breweries, distilleries and meaderies under terms similar to wineries. Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act will allow farmers to process, cook, freeze and pack their crops on land in the Agricultural Land Reserve provided that at least 50 per cent of the farm products are grown on the farm or are supplied by a co-operative of farmers. Vancouver Sun story.

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Vancouver’s Foodie Culture Thriving-But….

Almost three quarters of Vancouverites say they eat out or get take out at least once a week or more often. That is just one of the findings of a comprehensive Ipsos survey released today by Yellow Pages (TSX:Y), a leading digital media and marketing solutions company in Canada, to mark the Vancouver launch of YP Dine, a new mobile app dedicated to the restaurant and dining sector. Designed with “foodies” in mind, the YP Dine app helps Canadians make dining choices based primarily on mood and/or activity. Things such as “happy hour”, “weekend brunch”, “lunch with coworkers”, “late night eats” or “quick dinner fixes” to name a few. Stockhouse story.

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Who do Canadians trust with their food? Local growers get top marks, new poll finds

The exclusive Ipsos poll for Global News shows the vast majority of Canadians (83 per cent) said it’s important they know where their food comes from. When it comes to what food producers Canadians trust the most, local growers and farmers get top marks, with 95 per cent saying local markets and butchers are doing a good job ensuring the quality and safety of their food products, followed by 94 per cent saying the same for produce and wheat farmers. Global News story.

 

NDP’s Local Food Act aims to get more B.C. food into hospitals

The B.C. NDP plans to introduce legislation this week to promote local food consumption in B.C. and set requirements for local products at public-sector facilities, such as hospitals and residential care homes. The Local Food Act is meant to ensure an increased and stable demand for local food, improve public awareness of B.C.-made food, and bolster the province’s food security, among other goals. NDP Agriculture critic Lana Popham said one of the changes would be requiring 30 per cent of hospital food to be from B.C. CBC News British Columbia story.

 

Insights from the first Food Environments in Canada Symposium and Workshop

The Food Environments in Canada Symposium and Workshop took place in Saskatoon, SK from May 21-23. The diversity of the speakers as well as of the audience members provided a rich outlook of the state of food environment research in Canada. Those present at the conference included local community organizers, faculty in various Canadian universities, scientists, public health representatives, as well as graduate students in fields of sociology, public health, planning, and food systems, among others. Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable post.

 

Farming School Grounds

Some wondered if school farms would be a viable economic model and wondered whether they would resolve the distribution challenges of buying from local farmers. Others were curious to see if the farms would more readily engage youth and school staff in their food system. As these schoolyard farms grow, the clearest successes have been in hands on education and leadership skill development. Farm to Cafeteria Canada post.

 

Localize program comes to Toronto

In recent years, grocers have been keen to highlight the number of local offerings they sell. But one program has taken it upon itself to actually rate the “localness” of these products. Three-and-a-half years ago, Meghan Dear launched Localize because she was frustrated with not being able to tell where the food she purchased came from. With the Localize program, products are accompanied by bright orange Localize labels that carry scores out of 10 for their “localness.” Canadian Grocer story.

 

Food and the City

It’s an exciting time for food in Halifax.  In recent years, Halifax has joined the long list of Canadian cities that are engaging with food security and community food project. Across Canada, there are over 60 municipal food policy initiatives. Inspired by these initiatives, the Halifax Food Policy Alliance (formerly the Halifax Food Strategy Group) was born.  Nearly two years ago a group began meeting with the goal of getting food on the municipal agenda.  A formal steering committee was formed in September 2014 with representatives from the city of Halifax, Capital District Public Health, Ecology Action Centre, United Way, Seaport Farmers Market and the community at large.  Our current work includes the creation of toolkits for communities to undertake a food assessment, research into and support for policy initiatives and program to support healthy food systems in Halifax, and the completion of a Halifax-wide food assessment. Haligonia.ca post.

 

Food Is Better, When You Know the Facts

Localize removes the awkward barriers that keep people from knowing more about their food. We empower shoppers to make quick, educated choices while helping grocers better communicate what the local products are in their store. Our labels highlight key details about every product, and our Localize score gives you a quick measure of how local a product is to you. Website.

 

Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs: a preliminary analysis of how Canadian cities and regional districts are involved in food system change

Municipalities and regional districts are key players in the Canadian food system. In a cross-Canada survey, we found that 64 local and regional municipalities are working to improve the food system, using a mix of municipal policies, programs and civil-society interventions. Still more Canadian municipalities are engaged in food systems work, but operate without the benefit of the types of organizational arrangements identified in this research. Report.

 

Local food, beer and art coming to the historic uptown Saint John building

Three New Brunswick businesses are teaming up to bring a mix of local food, beer and art to an historic buildingin uptown Saint John. Historica Developments, owners of the Canterbury Carpark, a Victorian-era commercial building in the Trinity Royal district of Saint John, announced Thursday that Picaroons Traditional Ales, Real Food Connections and a Buckland Merrifield Art Gallery will occupy the main floor of the building. “We have local food, local beer and local art. I really don’t think it gets much better than that,” said Brideau. CBC News New Brunswick story.

 

Community Food Security Hub Newsletter

This Community Food Security Hub newsletter contains information about their partners and research projects, including food costs across Canada and Sustainable-Local Food Systems in Manitoba. Newsletter.

 

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Farmed and Dangerous

Innocent sheep, and my heritage flock in particular, stood for everything good. Shropshires are symbolic of our ancestors, pioneers, history, peace, old-fashioned farming, homesteads, real food and family values, longevity. How could a federal government agency wreak such a horror upon these precious things? Edible Toronto story.

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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.

 

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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.