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Over 50% of Gardeners Now in a Warmer Zone, Says USDA

Over 50% of Gardeners Now in a Warmer Zone, Says USDA | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
What does the newly-released USDA Hardiness Zone mean for gardeners?
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US/California: Conventional farmers drop their plows in favor of conservation

US/California: Conventional farmers drop their plows in favor of conservation | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

A visit to one mainstream California farm that has stopped plowing turns up a surprising reason for the increasingly common change: It comes with a dollar sign.


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GrowUp Urban Farms

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Home of GrowUp, London's leading aquaponic farming company.
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What should your CSA contract include? [Template inside]

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How a chicken coop became a cozy family home

How a chicken coop became a cozy family home | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Use what you have may be the first tenet of DIY green living. This family took that notion and ran with it.
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Raising vegetables indoors without soil? Inventive Appleton man puts passion toward hunger relief

Raising vegetables indoors without soil? Inventive Appleton man puts passion toward hunger relief | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
In New York City, it's possible to order delivery of nearly any product available. So, more than two years ago, Alex Tyink, who then lived in a second floor apartment, ordered a bunch of two-by-fours.
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Hydroponic farm in Brooklyn serves up fresh veggies for food bank

Hydroponic farm in Brooklyn serves up fresh veggies for food bank | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
CAMBA’s food pantry feeds 5,000 hungry Brooklyn residents, with help from a very local farm.
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Organic Farm Replacing Hamm’s Brewery In St. Paul - CBS Minnesota

Organic Farm Replacing Hamm’s Brewery In St. Paul - CBS Minnesota | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The Hamm's Brewery in St. Paul closed in 1997, and now one of the vacant buildings is being renovated into an urban farm.
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What does CSA mean for growers? [Workbook inside]

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GreenFest booth at UNLV with VIA and Diverse CIty Civitan

GreenFest booth at UNLV with VIA and Diverse CIty Civitan | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
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DIY: Make Your Own Wildflower Seed Bombs: Gardenista

DIY: Make Your Own Wildflower Seed Bombs: Gardenista | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Guerrilla gardening may use the language of civilian warfare, but floral beauty is the uniting cause. Alex Mitchell shows us how to make truffle-sized seed bombs, to spread wildflowers and cheer.
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Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans - Highest since 800,000 Years

Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans - Highest since 800,000 Years | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has exceeded 402 parts per million (ppm) during the past two days of observations, which is higher than at any time in at least the past 800,000 years, according to readings from monitoring equipment on a mountaintop in Hawaii. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is the most important long-lived greenhouse gas responsible for manmade global warming, and it is building up in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.

 

Once emitted, a single molecule of carbon dioxide can remain aloft for hundreds of years, which means that the effects of today's industrial activities will be felt for the next several centuries, if not thousands of years. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, such as methane, warm the planet by absorbing and redirecting outgoing solar radiation that would otherwise escape back into space.

 

In 2013, atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide briefly hit 400 ppm for the first time in mid-May, but this year that symbolic threshold has been crossed even earlier. This means it is more likely that the annual peak, which typically occurs in mid-to-late May, will climb further above 400 ppm for the first time.

 

Although crossing above 400 ppm is largely a symbolic milestone, scientific research indicates that the higher that carbon dioxide concentrations get, the more global temperatures will increase, resulting in a wide range of damaging effects. These impacts will range from global sea level rise to a heightened risk of heat waves, severe droughts and floods, according to a recently released comprehensive assessment of climate science produced by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

 

Modern carbon dioxide monitoring began in 1958 on the peak of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano, which is more than two miles high. At that time, carbon dioxide concentrations were at just 313 ppm. They have risen rapidly and steadily since then, both at Mauna Loa and at other observatories around the world. The chart documenting this rise is perhaps the most iconic in all of climate science, known as the "Keeling Curve" for Charles David Keeling, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist who began and maintained the monitoring program.


According to the Keeling Curve website, carbon dioxide concentrations spiked to 402.20 parts per million on April 7, whereas data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showed a slightly lower level of 402.11 parts per million on the same day. Both data sets indicate that daily carbon dioxide measurements have been at or above 400 ppm since March 29, and the graph appears on course to stay above 400 ppm throughout the rest of the month and into the next.


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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, April 11, 2:46 PM

For such an intelligent species, we are certainly slow learners. Thanks for this articulation of the issue.

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Boston Doctors Can Now Prescribe Bike-Share Membership To Patients

Boston Doctors Can Now Prescribe Bike-Share Membership To Patients | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
How did no one think of this before?
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How about fresh produce ... live foods ...

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Big Week for Live Foods ... New Sites in LV & SF

Big Week for Live Foods ... New Sites in LV & SF | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
This is going to be a HUGE week for our operations.  Las Vegas is installing our first restaurant location at the Honey Salt in Summerlin.  There are several more locations that are being evaluated...
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Webinar Recording: Starting a CSA

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ECF Farmsystems

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Target Launches Organic Food Program · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Target Launches Organic Food Program · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
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Good news.
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Would you shop at Target for your organic food? 

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Earth Day Network and ForestNation Launch New School Fundraiser | EDN Educators' Network

Earth Day Network and ForestNation Launch New School Fundraiser | EDN Educators' Network | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Why should students sell candy bars or wrapping paper for school fundraising when they could sell tree saplings instead? Earth Day Network and ForestNation have teamed up to change school fundraising for the better by encouraging students to sell tree-growing kits.
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Crazy idea, but so much better for our kids.

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Why Eating Seasonally and Locally Is Better for You (and Your Wallet)

Why Eating Seasonally and Locally Is Better for You (and Your Wallet) | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Health experts and chefs both often say you should eat "seasonally," or include foods in your diet that are grown at the same time of the year you eat them. For example, that means squash in the summer and fall, and artichokes in the spring. Eating seasonally is important, and carries benefits to your health, the planet, and your wallet. Here are some of them.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 17, 8:22 AM

Most of us already know that locally grown tastes better it is healthier????

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St. Paul aquaponic company produces organic vegetables year-round

St. Paul aquaponic company produces organic vegetables year-round | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The land of sky blue waters has become the land of bright green vegetables
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Water challenge spurs firms to act | Albert Lea Tribune

Water challenge spurs firms to act | Albert Lea Tribune | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Thousands of tilapia fish are swimming in huge blue tanks here in ...
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San Francisco is Now LIVE ...

San Francisco is Now LIVE ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Our San Francisco partner Local Greens sent us these pictures of the installation at the Whole Foods in Oakland .  This is our first placement of live towers in the Bay Area.  The Living Herb...
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USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

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Release No. 0058.14Contact:Office of Communications (202)720-4623 USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers 

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 – Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

"USDA is committed to the next generation of America's farmers and ranchers because they represent the future of agriculture and are the backbone of our rural economy. As the average age of farmers continues to rise, we have no time to lose in getting more new farmers and ranchers established." said Secretary Vilsack. "Reauthorizing and expanding the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is one of the many resources the 2014 Farm Bill gave us to build America's agricultural future. Through this program, we can build a diverse next generation of farmers and ranchers."

BFRDP is an education, training, technical assistance and outreach program designed to help farmers, ranchers and managers of non-industrial private forest land – specifically those aiming to start farming and those who have been farming or ranching for 10 or fewer years. It is managed by the National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). NIFA will competitively award grants to organizations conducting programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply (applications are due June 12, 2014).

Priority will be given to projects that are partnerships and collaborations led by or including non-governmental, community-based, or school-based agricultural educational organizations. All applicants are required to provide funds or in-kind support from non-federal sources in an amount that is at least equal to 25 percent of the federal funds requested.

By law, at least five percent of available funding will be allocated to programs and services for limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged beginning farmers and ranchers and farmworkers. Additionally, another five percent of available funding will be allocated for programming and services for military veteran farmers and ranchers.

BFRDP was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, receiving $100 million to be awarded over the next five years. The program was originally funded through the 2008 Farm Bill. Since then, NIFA has awarded more than $66 million through 136 grants to organizations that have developed education and training programs. More than 50,000 beginning farmers and ranchers have participated in projects funded by BRFDP.

NIFA is hosting two upcoming webinars for interested applicants on April 30 and May 6 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The first webinar will focus on general guidelines for the program, while the second webinar will focus on the funding allocations for socially-disadvantaged and military veteran farmers and ranchers.

Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. More information is available at: www.nifa.usda.gov.


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http://www.nifa.usda.gov/

 

NIFA grants openings, closing

Listed below are NIFA grants that have been opened for applications in the last 30 days or will close for applications in the next 30 days. The grant names are linked to grant summary pages, which include links to the RFA and other information. Summaries for all of our grants, both open and closed, can be found on our Grant Search page.

 

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/recentReleasedGrants.cfm

 

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Urban farming at NE Portland's Madison High goes beyond Portlandia stereotype (photos)

Urban farming at NE Portland's Madison High goes beyond Portlandia stereotype (photos) | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The urban farming course at Madison High School isn’t just about playing in the garden.
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Calcium in Aquaponics

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3 Out Of 4 Food Shoppers Care About Sustainability In Their Supermarket Decisions

3 Out Of 4 Food Shoppers Care About Sustainability In Their Supermarket Decisions | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Americans are strongly in favor of foods that are better for society and the environment. And they want to know if they're eating GMOs.

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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, April 4, 11:21 PM

Auch US Amerikaner wünschen sich mehr Nachhaltigkeit bei der Kaufentscheidung im Supermarkt

Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 5, 11:33 AM

Hopefully, food manufacturers will catch-up with the public...!

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, April 10, 7:42 PM

It is good to know that so many Americans are concerned about the food they eat.