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Picking Up What the Farm Leaves Behind

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Touch the Soil News #268 What happens when six (6) recent college graduates – in fields not related to food – tackle food waste and attempt to re-invent the food chain? They create a company called Hungry Harvest and create a supply chain of food that is not cosmetically perfect – that would normally be trashed. Operating in the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore metro areas, these young entrepreneurs are working to save a portion of the 6 billion pounds of fresh produce thrown away every year. Their supply comes from a network of farmers and food distributors who are at the decision making point on what produce qualifies for…

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League of Urban Canners – An Interesting Food Enterprise

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Touch the Soil News #246 About four years ago, on a whim, Sam Christy and some friends harvested and canned a couple of hundred pounds of unwanted apples and grapes growing in yards and over driveways in Somerville, Massachusetts. The experience was satisfactory and so in the Spring of 2012 about 12 people came together to put together a more organized approach to identifying fruit trees and maintaining, harvesting and canning the fruit. The new group organized under the name of League of Urban Canners. They were somewhat surprised at how large of an impromptu fruit orchard existed close to their homes. The trees were disbursed on private and public…

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