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Farmers Market of the Future

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Visionary design unveiled for historic district of Toronto.

In Toronto, local architects recently won a design competition for a new farmers market building in the historic part of the city. The building is four stories tall with a roof covered in skylights and green vegetation. It utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system, in addition to natural daylighting and ventilation. The structure will be built to the Toronto Green Standard, and shows that......read more

Farmers' Market on Wheels

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Mobile farm trucks bring local, sustainable produce to the people.

If, like us, you're into eating sustainably and supporting local agriculture, but you're not as into driving across town to the closest farmers' market, then get stoked for the latest trend in food distribution: Mobile Farm Trucks. Like a CSA on wheels, Mobile Farm Trucks (or Mobile Farmers' Markets) deliver farm fresh produce to urban and rural communities. As Judi Gerber of......read more

Hearty Greens

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Give greens a chance.

Leafy greens get a bum rap. You're not going to find many die-hard fanatics of kale or chard. Mention to your household that you're cooking turnip, mustard, collard or beet greens for dinner, and you're likely to be met with a scrunched up face or two. At the Portland Farmers Market Blog, we stumbled on a great post from Jane Pellicciotto, who offers some convincing arguments in......read more

Going Nuts

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An Oregon couple's hazelnut orchard takes off.

In this week's NYT Mag, Christine Muhlke writes about the plight of Barb and Fritz Foulke, a middle-aged Oregon couple who left behind their professional careers to become hazelnut farmers. What they quickly realized is that growing, making, and selling food is a full-time job — and then some.  After a rough start involving broken down equipment and lots of second guessing ("If......read more

Stag Takes Dining Underground - and Beyond

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With a shared passion for sustainability, Stag Dining Group & SHFT team up at Sundance

The latest food rage that's sweeping the nation is taking place underground. Clandestine dinners are one-off events held at secret locations, where in-the-know guests rub elbows with like-minded diners. Next week, Stag Dining Group, Cocktail Lab, and FAIR. Spirits team up with SHFT at Sundance (in conjunction with Ford and W Residences Hollywood) to bring a shared......read more

Food Tripping Across America: Phoenix, AZ

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Little do you know what amazing food adventures await in this desert oasis

Follow the humble skyline of downtown Phoenix a few blocks North and you'll find yourself driving along Roosevelt Row, through the center of the arts district. Little do you know what food adventures await for you in this desert oasis in Southern Arizona.  Turn onto 5th Street and in one of the historic homes, you'll find JoBot Coffee. Grab a 'toddy'- cold brewed coffee and enjoy one of the......read more

Food Tripping Across America: Albuquerque, NM

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Taste the best of the local Southwest this weekend

Our next stop is Albuquerque, NM, situated off Interstate-40 and sandwiched next to the Sandia Mountains. If you’re traveling through New Mexico, definitely save your appetite for all that Albuquerque has to offer. And lucky for us, this weekend, Albuquerque is hosting the Chocolate and Coffee Fest, with the Southwest’s largest gathering of chocolatiers, coffee roasters, tea......read more

Food Tripping Across America: Dallas, TX

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Explore sustainable Texas with Food Tripping

Welcome to Dallas, TX. It’s been said that the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex is larger than Rhode Island. Try driving through it in less than half an hour without breaking the speed limit or sound barrier...or just slow down, get off the freeway and enjoy a day exploring Dallas, TX using the Food Tripping app. This day begins like many others: with a search to find the best-tasting, strongest......read more

OMA Designs Futuristic Farming Hub

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Abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, KY to be transformed into massive food and farming center

The site of an abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, Kentucky will be repurposed into an innovative 24-acre community farming hub by Rem Koolhaas's firm, OMA. Local farmers will be able to grow, sell, and distribute food at the $50M facility -- called "the Food Port" -- which is set to break ground in the summer. The masterplan for the site "reflects the full food chain," and includes spaces......read more

Because fungal outbreaks can completely wipe out their crops if they're not careful, farmers do two things. One, they spray with fungicide. And two, they test the soil for fungal spores. Neither action is ideal. Fungicide is toxic, and overuse leads to resistance. And testing can take time and be expensive. While farmers are waiting for their results back from the lab, their fields can already be......read more

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