Indy Farmer Addresses Urban Food Deserts

Check out this Agri News article about New Age Provisions.  Located on the East side of Indy, Mario Vitalis is an “urban farmer” who is making efficient use of hydroponics to grow fresh veggies for local families and restaurants.

Urban farms are a cost-effective way to produce inexpensive, healthy, FRESH food for city folks.  This system uses shipping containers converted to hydroponics growing environments – recycling in more ways than one!

Check out the story:  Local Farm Brings Hope to Food Desert

 

Isaac Newton and Pi

The concept of Pi as representing the circumference of a circle has been around for *thousands* of years. Isaac Newton revolutionized the concept as part of his development of Calculus.

Yes, this is very nerdy. But it’s also fascinating – the history of Pi, and how Isaac Newton revolutionized a concept that had been used for thousands of years.

Bowery Farming – Vertical Produce Farming

The video is a little simplistic, but the point is important – the best way to grow produce (lettuce, spinach, and other quick-growing “salad” crops is near the consumer.  In a city, that means converting a warehouse to a vertical farming operation.  How do you feed a city and reduce urban food deserts?  You launch vertical farming.

(Ag) Myth-Busters

Myth-busters: Farm policy misconceptions debunked (link)

Ag News article by Tom Doran about the four most prevalent myths surrounding farm subsidies.

  • Myth:  US Farm Policy gives preferential treatment and payments to corporate agriculture
  • Myth:  Farm Subsidies to go large food agribusinesses
  • Myth:  Farm policy gives preferential treatment to “the big five or six grains.”
  • Myth:  The government subsidized the sugar industry

Please read the article for more detailed explanation of each of these myths.  You’ll need a little familiarity with how the farm program works in order to fully understand the article, but worth the read.