Germany Kicks In $22.6 million To Help an Almost Impossible Situation

Positive Future News #898 (Feature Photo – The Horn of Africa – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The Horn of Africa, a region encompassing areas of four countries, is home to 141 million people. The region is experiencing an extended drought, conflicts over water and pasturelands and locust infestations. The outcome of these dire circumstances, is…

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The Farm Without Borders

Positive Future News #897 (Feature Photo – Farm Without Borders – Courtesy Interfaith Neighbors) Located in Asbury Park, New Jersey, is the Farm Without Borders. The farm’s produce is given away to local residents. The produce is accessible to residents 24 hours a day. The farm and its operations are overseen and financed by a…

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Food Banking Footprint

Touch the Soil News #1786 (Feature Photo  – Food Distribution in San Antonio Texas – USDA Public Domain) Did you know that most food banking in America, is orchestrated and aided by a national organization called Feeding America? Feeding America works with 200 large regional food banks, the further serve over 60,000 local charitable feeding…

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Farming in Front and Backyards – Still a Good Idea

Touch the Soil News #1785 (Feature Photo – Urban Farming – CCA SA 4.0 International) Renting your neighbors’ backyards to farm, and paying homeowners in produce, is still working concept. Especially since climates in the city can be warmer earlier and later in the season to extend the growing window. Alberta Farmer News journalist Alexis…

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Deep Insight into Controlled Environment Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #1783 (Feature Photo – Controlled Environment Agriculture – Public Domain) Rhode Island is limited in its land resources. The state is experiencing competition amongst some very large vertical indoor enterprises, Ellen Lieberman of the Rhode Island monthly has put together a great piece of journalism that explains what’s going on. You…

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Touching the Soil – The Hope of a Better World

Touch the Soil News #1782 (Feature Photo – School Gardening – CCA 2.0 Generic) WPTV5 from West Palm Beach brings an interesting story of how one non-profit is engaging grade school children to learn and help others through gardening. You can read the story and watch the video here: https://www.wptv.com/community/rosarian-academy-students-gardening-program-benefits-homeless

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USDA Establishes Federal Committee for Urban Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #1781 (Feature Photo – USDA Logo – Public Domain) The USDA just announced its formation of a national scope committee for Urban Agriculture.  AgFunder news brings us the story here: https://agfundernews.com/urban-agriculture-usda-appoints-first-ever-advisory-committee-for In Addition the USDA has already created an Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. You can watch their video…

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The Changing Face of Growing Food

Historically, conventional farmers established relationships with the USDA – to sign up for federal programs and guidance. So how would that work for a non-traditional farming operation in the city? While the USDA is working on expanding its outreach to urban farming, perhaps you should see what your state offers. Local 21News brings the story…

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What About Autonomous Farm Carts?

Touch the Soil News #1779 (Feature Photo– Burro Robotic Cart –  photo courtesy of Burro  https://burro.ai/robots/) Small mechanical vehicles, to help with farm tasks including harvests, are attracting millions of dollars of venture capital in the race to capture farm dollars. AgFunder News, brings an interesting story of investors coming together to provide funding to…

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