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COUNTY: Urban Farming receives $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola Corporation to promote self-sufficient gardening efforts - Heritagewest - Heritage Newspapers

COUNTY: Urban Farming receives $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola Corporation to promote self-sufficient gardening efforts - Heritagewest - Heritage Newspapers | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Heritage Newspapers is your source for all southeast Michigan 24-hour breaking news, local news, sports, entertainment and more. View weather updates, watch videos and photos. Keep up with News and local Sports.
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The Future of Urban Farms… or Community Gardens… or Are They ...

The Future of Urban Farms… or Community Gardens… or Are They ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Urban farming is certainly an emerging trend across the country, and has been implicated as a means of addressing community problems like vacant and blighted land, food deserts, obesity and malnutrition, and food illiteracy.
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Lagos and the challenges of urban farming

Lagos and the challenges of urban farming | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The fact that farming is a lucrative business in Lagos can be shocking information to many residence and visitors, who are of the opinion that Lagos is all about white-collar job in its various forms.
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Sweltering Heat May Wreak Havoc on Corn Crops

Sweltering Heat May Wreak Havoc on Corn Crops | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The blistering heat behind the bone dry soil is creating major problems for farmers across the corn-belt states. “We’re in a critical point, could be the beginning of the end,” said Dave Kestel, a   farmer.
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Organic Tomatoes Have Higher Antioxidant Content Than Non-Organic

Organic Tomatoes Have Higher Antioxidant Content Than Non-Organic | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Differences in organic versus non-organic fertilizers is cited as the reason why organic tomatoes were found to have higher polyphenol content.
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Windowfarms Raises $230K+ on Kickstarter to ... - Mr. Sweets Hydro

Windowfarms Raises $230K+ on Kickstarter to ... - Mr. Sweets Hydro | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
As of 11:20 a.m. this morning, Windowfarms, the open source hydroponic farming system and social network, has raised over $223822 dollars on Kickstarter. This is $173822 more than their goal, making Windowfarms ...
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WATCH: The Journey Of One Dish Of Food

WATCH: The Journey Of One Dish Of Food | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Extraordinary video of journey from farm to table ... locally  

 

When people discuss food miles, they are usually referring to large-scale channels of moving food across the country, if not farther. Barndiva Restaurant in Healdsburg, Calif.

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Summer-Blooming Bulbs You Should Plant in Your Garden

Summer-Blooming Bulbs You Should Plant in Your Garden | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Get bold, beautiful, and exotic summer blooms in your garden with these garden bulbs.
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New Hydroponic Produce Company Opens in Rapid City

New Hydroponic Produce Company Opens in Rapid City | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Hydroponics is a technique for growing plants without soil. After all the articles DLFN has posted on how to create healthy soil, you might wonder why we are so excited about hydroponics. Well, this method of growing has its ...
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Bicycles and urban design - July 4 | Energy Bulletin

Bicycles and urban design - July 4 | Energy Bulletin | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Bicycles and urban design - July 4. by Staff. Click on the headline (link) for the full text. Many more articles are available through the Energy Bulletin homepage. Cyclists Ride in Portland's Disaster Relief Trials Ifanyi Bell ...
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Farm Hack

Farm Hack | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

FarmHack offers farmers new opportunities to work together on tools and innovations that will make our farms more sustainable and efficient. We also seek to collaborate with engineers, designers, architects and other non-farmer allies who want to help strengthen sustainable agriculture.

Mainstream agricultural research and development tries to solve farmers’ problems with top-down, chemical and energy-intensive inventions. FarmHack seeks to solve problems by helping our community of farmers to be better inventors, developing tools that fit the scale and their ethics of our sustainable family farms.

The Principles of FarmHack: Cooperative innovation by farmers to address their farms’ challenges. Collaboration with allies such as designers + engineers. Research and development driven by the needs and insights of sustainable farmers. Bringing farmers and allies together face-to-face at Charrette Events on farms, in grange halls and at institutions. Idea sharing that is open source, over the internet and face-to-face.



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North Carolina is Building its Local Food Economy by Supporting Beginning Farmers

North Carolina is Building its Local Food Economy by Supporting Beginning Farmers | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
In North Carolina, there is no shortage of support for local food but there is a real need for young farmers able to produce it. In 2007, North Carolina’s Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) was struck by how much food the state imports from far away places. CEFS, which provides agricultural research and education for the state asked the question: Can we build a sustainable local food economy from farm to fork? To explore this question, a statewide Farm-to-Fork Summit was held and a campaign was born. The 10% Campaign is based on a simple idea. If just 10% of consumers’ food dollars are spent supporting local food producers, that money will stay in the state and lead to more economically and environmentally sustainable communities.

 

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Potential food crisis with global warming, UK scientists warn

Potential food crisis with global warming, UK scientists warn | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
UK consumers could face dramatically reduced food choices in the future unless much more is done to cut greenhouse gas emissions, a hard-hitting report warns.
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175 acres in Detroit could be used to grow timber | capitalpress.com

Capital Press Agriculture Newspaper is the most comprehensive online source of daily, farm and ranch news and classified ads for California, Idaho Oregon and Washington.
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Growing vegetables and herbs without soil - The Boston Globe

Growing vegetables and herbs without soil - The Boston Globe | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Jeff Barton and Phil Todaro are at the forefront of a movement toward locally sourced food. Their Hopkinton farm provides fresh tomatoes year-round to Whole Foods Markets, Roche Bros. and some Stop Shop stores.
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New Detroit Farm Plan Taking Root

New Detroit Farm Plan Taking Root | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
A scaled-back plan by a local entrepreneur envisions growing trees on city's blighted east side, returning thousands of vacant lots to tax rolls. (@aecmarketer RT @johncbussey: Back to the land: Is "urban farming" an answer to Detroit's travails?
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Child diabetes levels almost four times higher in China than in US

Chinese teenagers have a rate of diabetes nearly four times greater than their counterparts in the United States.
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Thousands of Indigenous Farmers Chased Off Their Land to Make Room for Biofuel Companies

Thousands of Indigenous Farmers Chased Off Their Land to Make Room for Biofuel Companies | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Not exactly what a green energy revolution is supposed to look like.
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A Moveable Feast - Urban Farm Online

A Moveable Feast - Urban Farm Online | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
You don’t have to wake up early on Saturday mornings to buy locally grown foods. Creative farmers have found a way to bring their produce to you. (Farm a la Carte is on Urban Farming!
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Power-Pipe Heat Exchanger Could Reduce Water Heating Costs by 40%

Power-Pipe Heat Exchanger Could Reduce Water Heating Costs by 40% | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Water heating costs can account for a large percentage of the energy demands of a home, but this new heat exchanger for recovering waste heat from drain pipes may put a dent in that.
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These Sexy Jeans are Made From Beer Bottles

These Sexy Jeans are Made From Beer Bottles | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Not only jeans ... using repurposed materials to keep bad players from landfills ...

 

NYC label I AM NOT A VIRGIN makes jeans from bottles, and shirts from food trays.

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Revolutionary Plots: Urban agriculture is producing a lot more than ...

Revolutionary Plots: Urban agriculture is producing a lot more than ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Rebecca Solnit is the author of twelve books including this essay. Urban agriculture: upscale fetish or revolution in the making? It depends in part on what you hope to cultivate. By Rebecca Solnit Orion Magazine July/August ...
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Fat of the land: how urban design can help curb obesity

Fat of the land: how urban design can help curb obesity | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Compared with our grandparents, feeding, clothing, and entertaining ourselves has never been easier: a one-stop weekly shopping centre trip in a car, facilitated by convenient parking and light-weight maneuverable shopping trolleys that allow us to...
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Bootstrap @ City Grown Seattle - What I Am Learning: Interdependence

Bootstrap @ City Grown Seattle - What I Am Learning: Interdependence | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Becky selling City Grown veggies at our neighborhood farmers' market   I think anyone who knows me would agree with me here: I am a bit of a control freak.

City Grown was the beneficiary of a much-needed “crop mob” work party a couple weeks ago, organized by our Washington Young Farmers’ Coalition. We are extremely grateful for the transformation of one of our farm plots, brought by the magic of many hands making light work. Organizing and directing that work party was a chance for me to step back and understand that I have to trust others to help me make this farm all it can be.

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New Microloans Could Give Young Farmers the Capital They Need - Environment - GOOD

New Microloans Could Give Young Farmers the Capital They Need - Environment - GOOD | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Beginning farmers don’t need much money to get started. But until now, the USDA had no way of giving them any loans at all.

the USDA announced that it's working towards the creation of a new microloan program that would hand out loans for less than $35,000. Applicants can use “simplified and streamlined procedures,” which means less paperwork for young farmers to wade through and less paperwork for the USDA to process. It’s exactly the sort of program that groups like the NYFC have been asking the USDA to put into place. 

“This is very much at the top of our list,” Lusher Shute says. “It's making an appropriate loan size and application for a new farmer who doesn't want to be in debt for hundreds of thousands, because they don't have a business to back it up.”

The program’s not specifically tailored for beginning or young farmers, though. The USDA’s notice about the programs say it’s meant to meet the needs of “very small family farm operations.” But those are the types of farms that new farmers, dedicated to organic agriculture, tend to be creating—at least for the moment—and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack praised “a new vibrancy across the countryside as younger people...pursue livelihoods in farming, raising food for local consumption” in the department’s announcement of the microloan program. The NYFC is going to be watching to make sure that young farmers who’ve been gaining experience by apprenticing on established farms qualify for the program. But right now, it feels like their work to reform these farm loan programs is paying off.

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