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Farm Hack

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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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Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment: Plastics killing seabirds all over Pacific

Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment: Plastics killing seabirds all over Pacific | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
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Fast Food Imports are Linked to Rising Obesity in Persian Gulf

Fast Food Imports are Linked to Rising Obesity in Persian Gulf | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Wealth and fast food are changing the habits of people in the Persian Gulf leading to skyrocketing obesity rates...
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Brazil has laws that protect against 'Big Food' and 'Big Snack'

This makes great sense ... if Brazil can do it, why can't we emulate this ...

 

Under pressure from civil society organizations, the Brazilian government has introduced legislation to protect and improve its traditional food system, standing in contrast to the governments of many industrialized countries that have partly...

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Plantagon Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Tongji University in ... - EIN News (press release)

Plantagon Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Tongji University in ...EIN News (press release)We believe that we are in an ideal position, with our advanced research in design innovation, all agricultural areas, as well as in urban planning,...
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Going back to basics with organic farming - Citizen Matters

Citizen MattersGoing back to basics with organic farmingCitizen MattersS Laxminarayan, 36, a software engineer by profession, is also a part-time urban farmer. He aims to get people started on kitchen gardening.
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Debating the Local Food Movement - The Atlantic Cities (blog)

Debating the Local Food Movement - The Atlantic Cities (blog) | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Cities (blog)Debating the Local Food MovementThe Atlantic Cities (blog)But even that foodie capital has long since given up on the practice (one contributor: the advent of the automobile meant no one got around on horses anymore, which...
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Planting Roots in Abandoned Lots by Stacey Slate | SustainableFoodTrust

Planting Roots in Abandoned Lots by Stacey Slate | SustainableFoodTrust | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
http://t.co/EWTH4anQ Detroit, a burgeoning urban farming community converting abandoned lots, @FMCorg @edibleschoolyrd @ObeyClothingUK...
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Singapore’s Supertrees Light Up The Night

Singapore’s Supertrees Light Up The Night | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Starting this weekend, Singapore will shine, thanks to a canopy of artificial trees that tower hundreds of feet above the hot and humid city.
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MN VOICES | From Victory Gardens to urban farming in St. Paul, Diane Dodge ... - Twin Cities Planet

MN VOICES | From Victory Gardens to urban farming in St. Paul, Diane Dodge ... - Twin Cities Planet | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Twin Cities PlanetMN VOICES | From Victory Gardens to urban farming in St. Paul, Diane Dodge ...Twin Cities PlanetI meet Diane on a hot July morning and we walk together to a nearby bus stop.
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commmunity gardening: Detroit and Michigan State University

commmunity gardening: Detroit and Michigan State University | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Why not bring the resources of this great university to help the city utilize the untapped potential of the vast amount of vacant land and buildings to grow urban agriculture in a positive way. It is interesting that one of possibilities ...
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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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Palm Leaf Architecture is Both Historic and Contemporary

Palm Leaf Architecture is Both Historic and Contemporary | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Palm leaf architecture sounds obscure, but it is actually quite beautiful and environmental.
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Why the Modern Tomato Tastes Like Cardboard

Why the Modern Tomato Tastes Like Cardboard | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered the answer to the often-asked question: What happened to the tomato's flavor?
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Game, set and match to strawberries: The superfruit

Game, set and match to strawberries: The superfruit | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Strawberries, the traditional summer treat associated with Wimbledon could be serving up some unexpected health benefits.
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Harvesting the Sun | Harvesting the Sun

Harvesting the Sun | Harvesting the Sun | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Seeking to share horticulture’s scope and value with a wide readership, the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) has released Harvesting the Sun: A Profile of World Horticulture. This full-color, extensively illustrated 70-page report examines how horticulture touches all of us. Harvesting the Sun traces the farm-to-table journey using simple language and informative graphics.

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http://www.ishs.org/news » Shedding Light on World Horticulture and Seeking Commitments for a Positive Future

Horticulture has an image problem. Most people—when they think about horticulture at all—think of the subject in small terms, as merely a pastime synonymous with gardening. This misconception devalues one of humanity’s most significant scientific, economic, and aesthetic pursuits—and before you dismiss this as an exaggeration, imagine your physical and mental health in a world without fruits and vegetables, parks and play fields, flowers and trees.

 

 

 

http://www.ishs.org/news - International Society for Horticultural Science...

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Green roof design may help control urban runoff - Phys.Org

Green roof design may help control urban runoff - Phys.Org | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Green roof design may help control urban runoffPhys.Org(Phys.org) -- A research team in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech has released early results of an experimental study testing the effects of green roofs on...
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swisscleantech: UrbanFarmers AG announces launch of first commercial Aquaponic rooftop farm project worldwide

swisscleantech: UrbanFarmers AG announces launch of first commercial Aquaponic rooftop farm project worldwide | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
RT @swisscleantechD: Congratulations @UrbanFarmersCH ! http://t.co/SQDrqDYp Cool system visualization!
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Urban farming - The Advocate

Urban farming - The Advocate | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Urban farmingThe AdvocateChris Frink and Emily Taylor live in Goodwood Heights in a '50s-style brick house on a 1.75-acre lot they call Urban Insanity Farm.
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What's Cooking – the UK's potential food crisis - Bioscience Technology

What's Cooking – the UK's potential food crisis - Bioscience Technology | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
What's Cooking – the UK's potential food crisisBioscience TechnologyUK consumers could face dramatically reduced food choices in the future unless much more is done to cut greenhouse gas emissions, a hard-hitting University of Manchester report warns.and...
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Living green roof at Strarion Financial in Fargo - WDAY

Living green roof at Strarion Financial in Fargo - WDAY | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Living green roof at Strarion Financial in FargoWDAYFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A South Fargo bank may have one of the most unique rook tops in town.and more »...
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