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smarterplanet:

Can Urban Farming Go Corporate?  |  Reuters
Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate.
In June, Lightfoot’s company,BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain’s supermarkets year-round. The goods will grow in what the company says will be the country’s largest rooftop greenhouse farm, a high-tech hydroponic operation that will boost yields, allowing the company to face-off with organic vegetables trucked from California, cutting thousands of miles from the supply chain while aiming to provide a fresher product at a competitive price.

smarterplanet:

Can Urban Farming Go Corporate?  |  Reuters

Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate.

In June, Lightfoot’s company,BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain’s supermarkets year-round. The goods will grow in what the company says will be the country’s largest rooftop greenhouse farm, a high-tech hydroponic operation that will boost yields, allowing the company to face-off with organic vegetables trucked from California, cutting thousands of miles from the supply chain while aiming to provide a fresher product at a competitive price.

apartmentgardeningproject:

I would not have believed it if I hadn’t witnessed it myself.  

Hail storm in June.  

Winnipeg…this Dennis the Menace routine is getting old.

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2 years ago with 4 notes

Via gardenup

Tagged: local food bj's

gardenup:

US: BJ’s Wholsale Club goes local BJ’s Wholesale Club announced that its locally grown produce program, “Farm to Club,” will be available in each of its 195 clubs in all 15 states where its clubs are located. The program, which provides BJ’s Members with quality, fresh produce from their state’s local farms, is rolling out this spring and summer. Farm to Club produce includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables including zucchini, tomatoes, corn, green peppers, yellow squash and cucumbers and will be clearly marked with a special “Farm to Club, Locally Grown” seal.While there is no official standard to define “local,” BJ’s defines “local” as grown within the state. Buying local produce benefits BJ’s members, their communities, and helps to preserve local farms. Locally grown produce is picked at the peak of its flavor, and since the produce doesn’t have far to travel, its nutritional value and freshness are preserved. Buying local also helps the area’s economy by building up the local agricultural industry and by helping keep money within the community.“As a buyer at BJ’s, I strive to provide the very best produce for members,” said Rob Johnson, Produce Buyer for BJ’s Wholesale Club. “The Farm to Club program is very good for both the members who buy the local fruits and veggies and the farmers who are growing our food.”The Farm to Club program is rolling out now through summer 2012, and as the weather and growing season for each vegetable and fruit varies from state to state, so do the dates Farm to Club produce becomes available. Currently, Farm to Club produce is available in all Florida Clubs. Source: www.perishablenews.com

gardenup:

US: BJ’s Wholsale Club goes local 

BJ’s Wholesale Club announced that its locally grown produce program, “Farm to Club,” will be available in each of its 195 clubs in all 15 states where its clubs are located. The program, which provides BJ’s Members with quality, fresh produce from their state’s local farms, is rolling out this spring and summer. Farm to Club produce includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables including zucchini, tomatoes, corn, green peppers, yellow squash and cucumbers and will be clearly marked with a special “Farm to Club, Locally Grown” seal.

While there is no official standard to define “local,” BJ’s defines “local” as grown within the state. Buying local produce benefits BJ’s members, their communities, and helps to preserve local farms. Locally grown produce is picked at the peak of its flavor, and since the produce doesn’t have far to travel, its nutritional value and freshness are preserved. Buying local also helps the area’s economy by building up the local agricultural industry and by helping keep money within the community.

“As a buyer at BJ’s, I strive to provide the very best produce for members,” said Rob Johnson, Produce Buyer for BJ’s Wholesale Club. “The Farm to Club program is very good for both the members who buy the local fruits and veggies and the farmers who are growing our food.”

The Farm to Club program is rolling out now through summer 2012, and as the weather and growing season for each vegetable and fruit varies from state to state, so do the dates Farm to Club produce becomes available. Currently, Farm to Club produce is available in all Florida Clubs. 

Source: www.perishablenews.com

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2 years ago with 62 notes

Via fuckyeahenvironmentalism

Tagged: local food

fireonthemountain:

fuckyeahenvironmentalism:

A good new years resolution.
The Low Carbon Diet:
Buy fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat and milk from local farmers, participate in a Produce Share or CSA
Choose cakes and bread from local bakeries or make your own from scratch
Resist international supermarkets for food that you can buy from your own community =[ sad but true
Pick nationally produced foods over exotic ingredients (unless it’s a special meal or unless its mass produced by shitty agribusiness i.e. soy, corn, wheat in many cases…eat local and eat organic)
Eat less meat. Either smaller portions or fewer times a week (not true for all, some people eat correct size or smaller portions, obesity is not the only dietary issue in America and we must be sensitive of it, regardless though Americans eat supersized portions that are skewed in the direction of meats, dairy, and carbs). 
Consider trying soya milk and yogurts over dairy and make your own fermented foods (ie almond milk yogurt, kefir, or kombucha) ORR raise a dairy goat!
Grow your own! this is one of the most important things you can do.
Pick organic whenever you can afford to re-arrage your spending so that your money goes to things that your body depends on  (NEEDS) (nutritious & organic food) instead of things that you simply want
Go outside, exercise, meditate and be mindful

emphasis done in bold by moi

fireonthemountain:

fuckyeahenvironmentalism:

A good new years resolution.

The Low Carbon Diet:

  • Buy fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat and milk from local farmers, participate in a Produce Share or CSA
  • Choose cakes and bread from local bakeries or make your own from scratch
  • Resist international supermarkets for food that you can buy from your own community =[ sad but true
  • Pick nationally produced foods over exotic ingredients (unless it’s a special meal or unless its mass produced by shitty agribusiness i.e. soy, corn, wheat in many cases…eat local and eat organic)
  • Eat less meat. Either smaller portions or fewer times a week (not true for all, some people eat correct size or smaller portions, obesity is not the only dietary issue in America and we must be sensitive of it, regardless though Americans eat supersized portions that are skewed in the direction of meats, dairy, and carbs)
  • Consider trying soya milk and yogurts over dairy and make your own fermented foods (ie almond milk yogurt, kefir, or kombucha) ORR raise a dairy goat!
  • Grow your own! this is one of the most important things you can do.
  • Pick organic whenever you can afford to re-arrage your spending so that your money goes to things that your body depends on  (NEEDS) (nutritious & organic food) instead of things that you simply want
  • Go outside, exercise, meditate and be mindful

emphasis done in bold by moi

next thursday in the yo!

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3 years ago with 174 notes

Via mothernaturenetwork

Tagged: local food farmers farmers markets produce jobs

mothernaturenetwork:

Need a job? Become a farmer.The growing demand for new markets highlights the lack of new farmers entering the agricultural business.

mothernaturenetwork:

Need a job? Become a farmer.
The growing demand for new markets highlights the lack of new farmers entering the agricultural business.

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3 years ago with 5 notes

Via umdwatershed

Tagged: local local food how to why time

umdwatershed:

10 Reasons to Eat Local Food by Jennifer Maiser
Eating local means more for the local economy. 
Locally grown produce is fresher. 
Local food just plain tastes better. 
Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen.
Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic. 
Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. 
Buying locally grown food is fodder for a wonderful story.
Eating local protects us from bio-terrorism.  
Local food translates to more variety. 
Supporting local providers supports responsible land development.

umdwatershed:

10 Reasons to Eat Local Food by Jennifer Maiser

Eating local means more for the local economy. 

Locally grown produce is fresher. 

Local food just plain tastes better. 

Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen.

Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic. 

Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. 

Buying locally grown food is fodder for a wonderful story.

Eating local protects us from bio-terrorism.  

Local food translates to more variety. 

Supporting local providers supports responsible land development.

mauricesmall:

The future of urban agriculture is not about the 10-mile diet

The ’garden block’ concept embeds pockets of food growing within the urban fabric.Rendering: Daniel NairnRendering of garden block

reminds me of new jack city.  sb

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