Local Foods

Local Foods, Organics
9:49 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Farm Bill Programs Target Aid for Smaller Farms

The new farm bill includes more money to promote local food and farmers markets.
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The Farm Bill was passed in February. But now, piece by piece, it’s taking effect. We’re beginning to see how parts of the farm bill are doing more to help farmers go small.

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Marketing the Farm Experience
10:39 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Agritourism a Growing Opportunity

Blake Bohlender attended a three-day camp at Laughing Buck Farm near Fort Collins, Colorado
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Farms aren’t just for food any more.

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A Sustainable System
1:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Aquaponics Brings Produce and Fish Under One Roof

At All Seasons Harvest near Cedar Falls, Iowa, lettuce, kale and herbs are grown in nutrient-rich water fertilized by tanks of farmed tilapia fish.
Credit Pat Blank for Harvest Public Media

Farmers all over the country are using hydroponic technology to grow produce indoors, year-round, in nutrient rich water. And fish farmers around the globe have figured out how to raise their catch in tanks. Now, some operations are combining the two, raising both produce and fish.

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Local Foods, Urban Markets
11:48 am
Fri May 9, 2014

USDA to Use Rural Development Money for Local Food Connections

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says local food projects in cities that show a direct benefit to rural producers can be considered for USDA loan guarantees.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the USDA announced a new effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.

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Multi-Part Series
11:18 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Local Food Challenge

Students at Waukon High School in Iowa grow carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables for school lunches in an on-campus greenhouse.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Harvest Public Media’s three-part series takes a look at the growing national popularity of local foods.

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Macomb Food Co-op
10:23 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Local Foods from an Online Source

Instead of waiting until it can buy or rent a building to sell local foods, the Macomb Food Co-op has opened an online store.

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Change in Leadership
9:19 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

"Rebooting" SEIA Local Foods Movement

An effort is underway to “reboot” the local foods movement in southeast Iowa.

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