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Grass Roots Food – Is Still Alive and Kicking

Touch the Soil News #849 (Feature photo – courtesy of Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture) While the movement is decades old, trying to re-visualize what healthy food grown locally looks is capturing the passion of young people. An unusual video has been put together by “Feast TV” in which the stories and economics of urban farming are captured. It is interesting how much activity there is in the urban food arena by non-profits.   Featured in the documentary are three enterprises: Urbavore Urban Farm. Founded in 2011, farmers Brooke Salvaggio and Daniel Heryer have created a bio-diverse oasis in Kansas City, Missouri. Their 13.5 acre farm is also their homestead.…

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Fort Worth, Texas – Attempting a New Milestone in Urban Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #427 Normally, when it comes to food and agriculture we get directives from places like the USDA or the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). But as we have been covering in our news pieces, the frequency of food and agriculture innovations are just as likely to come from city municipalities. Recently, the city of Fort Worth, Texas (a metropolis of 850,000) put out an interesting 14-page document concerning urban agriculture amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance. Worthy of note is a vision statement by the city at the introduction to the proposed ordinance: The City of Fort Worth wants residents to live longer and healthier lives.…

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Who do you trust – Local Food, Industrial Food, Big Government?

Touch the Soil News #336 A low lying but steady mega-trend in America is the liberalization of urban food and urban farming. The state of Arizona is considering a law that would allow schools to buy produce from community gardeners which would be exempt from more stringent health requirements. The exemption already applies to preschools and child-care facilities, some of which are growing and serving their own vegetables. The Seal of the State of Arizona reflects the historic importance of agriculture – de-regulating urban food is a big step. Arizona Senate Bill 1004 – which is called the Garden Produce Regulatory Exemption – exempts community gardeners and schools from the…

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