Sustainable Agriculture

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

New $500K fund for Ohio sustainable agriculture

A new investment fund announced Thursday will make $500,000 available to grow opportunities for sustainable agriculture in Ohio. OEFFA Executive Director Carol Goland said she expects most of the successful applications for business loans to be in the $5,000 to $50,000 range. During the first year, the minimum funded amount will be $2,500 and the maximum will be $250,000, she said.

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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

 

Then There’s This: Back to the Garden

Austin’s burgeoning food scene is not just for foodies anymore.

That’s thanks in large measure to the pushing and prodding and spoon-feeding that went on behind the scenes to get some meaningful language about food added to the Imagine AustinComprehensive Plan. If there’s one thing that can bring everybody to the table, it’s food.

It’s true that the overall comp plan has its share of skeptics – just this week, Travis County Commissioners expressed misgivings about it – but most people would be hard-pressed to criticize the chapter that addresses building a sustainable local food system. (Plus, it’s difficult to criticize the plan when your mouth is full.)  More…

The Machine and the Garden

WE are prisoners of the metaphors we use, even when they are wildly misleading. Consider how political candidates talk about the economy. Last month President Obama praised immigrants as “the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.” Mitt Romney says that extending theBush-era tax cuts will “fuel” a recovery. Others fear a “stall” in job growth.

Call it the “Machinebrain” picture of the world: markets are perfectly efficient, humans perfectly rational, incentives perfectly clear and outcomes perfectly appropriate. From this a series of other truths necessarily follows: regulation and taxes are inherently regrettable because they impede the machine’s optimal workings. Government fiscal stimulus is wasteful. The rich by definition deserve to be so and the poor as well.  More…

By growing food, Occupy the Farm helps a movement grow up

It doesn’t take an agricultural expert to know that you can’t grow vegetables without water. So it wasn’t surprising that after hundreds of people marching under the banner “Occupy the Farm” took over a University of California (UC) agricultural testing station on the edge of Berkeley, Calif., April 22, UC officials responded by shutting off water to the site. The next day, a late-season storm brought a half-inch of rain to the San Francisco Bay Area, irrigating the thousands of vegetable starts in the ground and lifting the spirits of the urban farming activists who are determined to save the site from development. Score: Occupiers, 1 — UC administrators, 0. More…