Farm to Fork

Crowdsourcing May Fund Urban Gardens Across America

Whole Kids Foundation, PACT,and Indiegogo are teaming up to help build urban sustainable gardens across the U.S. The “Urban Gardens Across America” campaign enables donors to fund the garden projects of their choice through the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo. Each garden will have its own campaign page, and Indiegogo will host a partner page housing all the individual garden campaigns. read more

Will Allen Grows A Million Pounds of Food

Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. read more and see videos

Farm to Fork at Microsoft: Serving Great Food, Grown Locally

As an employer of 94,000 people in over 100 countries around the world, Microsoft is keenly aware that the dining choices offered at its campuses can be a positive part of their effort to be a more sustainable business. At the Puget Sound campus they started a program in July 2012 called Farm to Fork that partners with more than 60 regional farmers, ranchers and fishers to supply the dining hall with fresh options for our 41,000 employees in Puget Sound. Read more

Farm to Fork videos on University of CA TV

Agriculture isn’t just about sowing the land; it’s about finding solutions to modern problems facing our food supply.  With farmland shrinking and a hungry population growing, what’s being done to ensure an abundant food supply that will be healthier, last longer, taste better?

Nine Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming has two 10 minute episodes you can view now with episodes 3 and 4 scheduled for the next two weeks. View here

 

The Farm on Top of the City

On a rooftop farm in Brooklyn one sunny afternoon, dozens of tomato plants heavy with fruit swayed in the wind, a farmer stooped over rows of dandelion greens and the customers kept coming. They climbed through the door to the 65,000-sq.-foot roof of the Brooklyn Grange Farm, in the city’s navy yards, across the water from Manhattan, and without fail they exclaimed with delight. “I love it. This is beautiful!” said Giovanni Cipolla, a grey-haired man who bought a bunch of dandelion and remarked that the only other place he could buy greens this fresh was Italy.

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California’s Food Literacy Resolution Sparks Fight Between Grocers And Advocates

In California, legislative resolutions tend to reflect universal sentiments: We embrace literacy. We disavow dating violence. But when Sacramento Assemblyman Roger Dickinson introduced a resolution to dub September Food Literacy Awareness Month, the details of the motion set off a virtual food fight.

Several lobbyists for growers and grocers stepped up to oppose the language in the resolution during a hearing last week, confirming that in a state where half of the nation’s fruit, nuts and vegetables are grown, seemingly uncontroversial statements about food draw intense scrutiny.  More…