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The Most Impacting Food & Ag Discovery of the Century

Touch the Soil News #331 Do we really know why food has to travel thousands of miles? Why does food on an average dinner plate have to be a concoction that may be sourced from several continents? For most of us, we think that the answer to this question is simply that it cannot be produced locally. Research at the University of California at Merced under the direction of Professor Elliott Campbell has just proved us all wrong. Using satellite images and soil data banks across the nation, it was discovered that 90 percent of Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their…

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What Are Food Hubs? Can They Help You Become A Successful Local Farmer? (Part 2 of 2)

Touch the Soil News # 141 The growing development of food hubs is materially populated with not-for-profit visions that do not seek high returns, but primarily the cash flows necessary to keep the doors open. In Part 2 of this food hub coverage we’ll take a brief look at five (5) successful food hubs and their operations. Information about these food hubs came from a research project by the Wallace Center. It is encouraging to see enterprises and communities support a change from the industrial food system. Red Tomato food hub, Plainville, Massachusetts Red Tomato has annual sales of approximately $4 million with 7 employees. Red Tomato, established in 1997,…

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Green Sense Farms – Deeper Insight to the Change Coming

Touch the Soil News # 133 When it comes to raising food, most farmers think about things like land, tractors, harvesting equipment and chemicals. For some crops this may not change much. For other crops, particularly lettuces, micro-greens and herbs, the future may be totally different. Green Sense farms, working with Royal Phillips – a global leader in lighting – is taking a completely different approach. Capital expenditures for setting up farming include specialized LED lighting, a large indoor facility, growing towers and a physical location that puts them within 100 miles of 20 million people. Photo courtesy of Green Sense Farms – from left to right Rob Schlyer -…

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Home Gardens and Local Food – Can they Carry More Responsibility?

Touch the Soil News #114 –– includes 2 videos If there is one urban farmer trying to make a go of it, there are thousands. If there is one home gardener trying to make a difference, there are millions throughout the nation. America has millions of acres in lawns and vacant city lots (estimates are over 40 million acres). Most urbanites have access to water for gardens. Access to assets that can produce food may be a welcome buffer as national interests around the world are scurrying to control farmland and food production for their respective homeland security interests. This brings an entirely different investment mindset coming to the table.…

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The Argument for Small Farms to Replace Industrial Farms Just Got More Convincing

Touch the Soil News #107 – Includes 2 videos A few years back I had a conversation with a local produce-stand owner with a storefront in the city. He also held a degree in economics. “Good economics is 1,000 people farming 1,000 acres, he said. “Bad economics is one person leveraging equipment, chemicals and minimum-wage employees to farm 1,000 acres.” If cash is not flowing, the nation cannot maintain its individuals, the larger economy or its infrastructure. A decentralization of the food chain may not only lead to more fresh local foods, but a re- invigoration of cash flow sustaining more people. So what is the potential for small-farm enterprises…

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