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Emerging Farming Model – It’s About Jobs and People Over Profits

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Touch the Soil News #216 The entry of non profit oriented enterprises into food and farming is a theme we have frequently covered. There have been so many stories of connecting food, farming, jobs and social responsibility it has become a growing trend. Perhaps – in time – a mega-trend. RecoveryPark is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Detroit. To implement its vision of employing military veterans, ex-convicts, recovering addicts and others having trouble finding employment – they are starting a large urban commercial farm. Called RecoveryPark Farms, there will be greenhouses, hoop houses and hydroponic systems on 60 acres of blighted Detroit Land. About 35 acres of the project is…

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Shooting for $50,000 Gross off 20,000 Square Feet (1/2 acre) Webinar

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Touch the Soil News #212 The folks at SPIN Farming are hosting another Webinar featuring Adithya Ramachandran of Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens. If you are a market gardener or know of someone who wants to be – don’t miss this Webinar.   Date: November 19th – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time Webinar Reservations: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8198689142476943618 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Village Farms – The Changing Face of Fresh Produce

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Touch the Soil News #170 Village Farms is one of the world’s largest greenhouse fresh-produce operations with some 250 acres of greenhouses under food production – tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant. CEO Mike DeGiglio in a recent video explains that in the 1980’s only 1 percent of retail tomatoes came from greenhouses. Today roughly 80 percent of retail tomatoes come from greenhouses. Awsome is the reaction to these super-size greenhouses – (photo courtesy of village farms) Village farms boasts that its produce ripens on the vine longer, allowing natural sugars to develop and that they have the shortest times from hand-harvest to grocery store. Recently, Mike DeGiglio was interviewed in…

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Flash Announcement – Special SPIN Farming Webinar

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Touch the Soil News # 160 If you’ve ever wanted to become an urban farmer / market gardener here’s a chance to participate in an online webinar that gives you the scoop of how to do it with a minimum of capital outlay and a maximum of return. Following are the Details:   What: SPIN farming is hosting a Webinar featuring Jared Regier of Chain Reaction Urban Farm.   When: August 27, 2015 (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (make sure you log in according to your own time zone).   How: Click on the following link to register and get other details: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1043325852552174850 SPIN Farming is “production” oriented to…

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Food-Chain News Roundup

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Touch the Soil News # 149 Billionaires and Food Vietnam’s only billionaire, Pham Nhat Vuong, through his investment company Vingroup, is putting together a $46.5 million dollar greenhouse food enterprise. Up till now, Vuong has been involved in property development – making agriculture a total departure from his norm. Helping in the project is Israeli company Netafim. Netafim builds out greenhouses and is the world’s leader in drip irrigation products and technology. Vuong represents just one small investor, among a growing flock of investors looking to harness their dollars in food and agriculture. Greenhouse food production near cities attracts billionaire Farmers Open Grocery Store Two Canadian farmers – Simone Rudge…

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Organics by the Numbers – Is it Time to Consider a Career as an Organic Farmer?

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Touch the Soil News # 144 The Organic Trade Association (OTA) represents over 6,500 organic businesses across all 50 states. Members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, retailers and others. The OTA recently reported on the current state of Organics. “Our latest industry data show robust demand and great opportunity for the organic sector,” said Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of OTA. Thanks to the work of the OTA, the following information is made available about organics in America. U.S. Organic Sales reached $39.1 billion in 2014, up 11.3% over 2013. (see Info Graphic #1 below) Organic non-food sales reached $3.2 billion in 2014, up…

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