The State of Colorado plans to transform the flood irrigation farmers use to grow crops into an efficient and sustainable power source. The “small hydropower” project was recently launched in Denver and is taking advantage of new federal grants nationwide to spur innovation around water, soil and drought. The goal of the project is to pressurize flows of agricultural water and produce hydro-power for more efficient irrigation. If successful, it could greatly reduce the amount of water required to sustain agriculture in many semi-arid western states. To read the article, click here.
It’s time to ready your garden and get your plants into the ground! Here’s a simple 5-step guide from the MacDonnell family at Round Pond Estate that will have you filling your garden with nature’s bounty in no time. You can read it online or download a printable PDF to share with your friends and family, to get them excited about planting your own backyard garden. To learn more, click here.
Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. Publishing stories to shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture, in an effort to build economically and socially just communities. Founded in January 2009, Civil Eats is a community resource of over 100 contributors who are active participants in the evolving food landscape from Capitol Hill to Main Street. To learn more, click here.
Farmigo wants to empower people to create a better way to eat, by creating farm-to-neighborhood access to fresh food from local farmers, bakers, and butchers. You can learn new ways to bring friends and neighbors together to support local farmers by becoming a local organizer or attend community events with farmers, chefs, and good food advocates. To learn more, click here.
Eileen Gordon lives in the Napa Valley with her husband, chef Michael Chiarello, and their family. She understands that “sustainable food isn’t just a catch phrase – it’s a way of life” and she’s created Dirt-to-Dine Adventure Camps for kids at Connelly Ranch and Barnraiser, a crowd funding site and community to “power the good food movement one project at a time” to share her passion for supporting farmers, educators, chefs and local food producers and creating a “new, healthier, more sustainable food system”. To read the article, click here.
Have you ever wanted to grow your own food right at home, all year-round? Learn how to build a greenhouse using an old trampoline and 3 more great ideas for using other recycled materials. It’s cheap, easy and fun! Help protect the environment and enjoy your very own produce. Download easy step by step instructions and photos here.
There are only a handful of educational, networking, social media forums and conferences that focus on women in agriculture. One of the newest ways that the USDA is connecting women is through the new #womeninag mentoring network. All you have to do to join in the network is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can share your stories and offer suggestions on how we can build a new generation of women leaders in agriculture. To learn more about the program, click here.
The National Young Farmers Coalition recently released a new guide for farmers, designed to provide an introduction to land trusts and explain the process of partnering with a land trust to access affordable farmland.
Finding and securing land to farm is one of the biggest challenges that beginning farmers and ranchers face in starting a career in agriculture, and the guide explains how these groups can be powerful partners in a farmer’s search for affordable farmland. To learn more, click here.
Napa residents can now put food scraps and food-soiled paper in their brown compost cart, right along with yardwaste. Kitchen pails will be delivered over the next few months, but food scraps can now be added directly to the brown cart. Designed to provide residents with an easy way to dispose of all the food scraps that collect from preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning out the refrigerator of unwanted leftovers or spoiled food. You can even include paper towels, napkins, paper plates and coffee cups! Leftovers are processed into organic compost that’s used as a soil amendment for landscaping, gardens, farms & vineyards, closing the loop locally and sustainably! To learn more about the program, click here.
The new Farm to School Act and the proposed renewal of federal child nutrition programs should make this an important time for kids and healthy eating. 2015 is an important year for food in schools and the impact of decisions about childhood nutrition and obesity in America. That’s because actions on state and federal levels in three areas will have a profound effect on what could become one of the most important classrooms for every child in every school in America, the cafeteria. To read more, click here.