Browsing All posts tagged under »farming«

Real Assets Junkie Goes Social!

November 22, 2011


In these straitened times, it’s always exciting to be able to announce a little growth, and Real Assets Junkie is fortunate to be expanding to two great blogs: –Seedstock.  The folks at Seedstock provide a unique platform for sustainable agriculture bloggers; their 20 contributors profile start ups, farms, urban agriculture and university research projects.  They’re […]

How D’you Make a Local Food System?

November 22, 2011


At a recent event, I got chatting to a delightful rancher couple about their Facebook page.  Though they recognized its importance to marketing their grass-finished beef, they’d never actually seen Mills Ranch’s Facebook page and weren’t entirely sure what it was.  “We know it’s on the computer, but our granddaughter takes care of it” they […]

Five Intriguing Agriculture Startups

November 1, 2011


At the recent Slow Money event, one of the highlights was listening to pitches from 30 ag entrepreneurs on everything from greenhouses to rice varietals.  Here are some examples: 1. StockBox Grocers StockBox places miniature grocery stores – refitted shipping containers – in food deserts, areas where full grocery stores are unavailable.  Each container is […]

Visiting a Non Profit Organic Farm

October 25, 2011


One of the few joys of traveling is stumbling upon unexpected places along the way.  Taking a detour on a soggy day in Wales, I followed signs for Amelia Trust Farm, an organic produce and sheep farm about 9 miles from the capital city of Cardiff.  As in many developed countries, farming has become a […]

A Startup Changing Cambodia’s Farming Landscape

October 24, 2011


A little over a year ago, I met two French economics graduates who had a cool idea, a ton of energy and plane tickets.  Traveling after graduation, they had fallen in love with Cambodia and decided that they wanted to transform the lives of the subsistence farmers that comprise more than half of the country’s […]

A New Movie on Detroit’s Urban Farms

June 12, 2011


It’s pretty hard to disagree with the idea of produce-based urban farms.  They are, after all, a hipper version of the vegetable patch you find in many a suburban garden, albeit larger and more sophisticated.  They also tap the current zeitgeist for reducing food miles by sourcing locally, and – in some cases – organically. […]

Does Sustainability Make Amish Farms Profitable?

May 28, 2011


What are you supposed to do when an 80-something year old Mennonite farmer starts unplugging things under the hood of your rental Prius?  If you’re interested in agriculture, you tend to end up being interested in the Amish at some stage, and – for a while – I lived an easy drive away from one […]