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Annual Local Foods Conference set in Mitchell
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A three-day conference focusing on local foods is being held in Mitchell this year. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture says the 2016 South Dakota Local Foods Conference will provide workshops and networking opportunities for producers, local food enthusiasts and resource providers of specialty crops and ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Food politics Local food Food South Dakota Nutrition Farmer Sustainable agriculture
University of Akron's Art Bomb Brigade to unveil its second mural at Chill
The Art Bomb Brigade, a community arts program run by the University of Akron's Myer's School of Art, will unveil its second mural at Chill, Akron's gourmet ice cream shop. AKRON, Ohio -- The University of Akron's Art Bomb Brigade is putting the finishing touches on an ultra contemporary mural at Chill, Akron's new gourmet ice cream shop. The work will be unveiled Sunday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. during the Akron Farm and Flea Market at 51 East Market and Maiden Lane in Akron. The market runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features music by local musicians ZACH and the Fourons. Local food, fare and craft vendors will also be available. The Chill mural is being painted by university alumni artists Rosa Maille, Matt Miller, David Pluck, Leah Prischak, Francisca Ugalde and Ryan Weiss. The artists are working with the illustrator and skateboarder, Jay Croft, an Akron native. Croft is a longtime zine creator, blogger, painter and designer, as well as the visual merchandiser for VANS "OFF THE WALL" shoes. "Art Bomb works to bring together Akronites, teachers, artist, and community organizations to create positive change in our city," said Art Bomb director and university associate professor of art education, Elisa Gargarella, in a news release. "Art Bomb serves as a model to the region for how public art can transform communities into more sustainable, more creative, more economically rich and more culturally engaged places to live and work." Art Bomb is a community arts program run by the university's Myers School of Art. The group was awarded a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge to impact the community through murals created by art students, university alumni and local artists. Art Bomb's first major mural was created at the Downtown Akron Laundromat on South Main Street this past summer.
4 points by The Plain Dealer | Art Visual arts Arts Music Ohio Local food University of Akron
Asheville author looks to preserve Appalachia's 'Victuals'
Through the food of Appalachia, Ronni Lundy tells the story of her home region.       
12 points by USA Today | Appalachia Local food Appalachian Mountains Food Farmer North Carolina Appalachian culture
Letter: Weigh in on agritourism bill
Weigh in onagritourism billThere is a bill before the state Senate to redefine agritourism. ​Last year, the definition was successfully revised and placed into law. It provides a means for farmers to engage in related agritourism ventures to help sustain their farms, while adhering to local ordinanc...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Town Law Legal terms Farm Local food Accessory Definition The Quiet
Farm-grown floral business blooms at Meghan Wingenfeld's all-local Wild Fox and Flower (photos)
Meghan Wingenfeld runs a floral CSA and creates arrangements for weddings, events and home decor. Her farm is based in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Valentine's Day is a time surrounded by flowers, but Meghan Wingenfeld has another project up her sleeve. Since 2015, she's run her floral business, Wild Fox and Flower, which hosts a community supported agriculture (CSA) subscription. Like food CSAs that prepare bundles of produce and other goods on a regular basis, she offers her seasonal, locally-grown flowers for pick-up and delivery from mid-June through October. "Flowers have always been important to farmers and our environment, but actually knowing your flower farmer is a fairly new idea," says Wingenfeld. "I've created a place that Clevelanders can get to know me, their farmer. I love building these relationships and cherish the looks on the faces of our members when they see their bouquet."  Wingenfeld knows flowers. Growing up on Canal Corners Farm and Market, which is part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Countryside Conservancy farms, she planted her first garden at the age of 8. When she took her flowers to the farmer's market for the first time as an adult, they were selling out every time. She enrolled in a local startup mentoring program, Bad Girl Ventures, and launched her business. In addition to her CSA, she also creates arrangements for weddings and special events. Much like the "eat local" food movement, Wingenfeld says the advantage of buying local flowers is that customers can know where their blooms were harvested, the farm's labor practices and whether or not they used pesticides. And as that local movement continues to grow, so does the demand for Wingenfeld's flowers. She now grows more than 25 varieties.   Wingenfeld returned to Cleveland in 2012 after wanderlust took her to Minneapolis, New York City and San Francisco. "I came back to Cleveland because I missed working with my family on the farm," says Wingenfeld. "Now that I'm older, and run my own business, I'm understanding how hard it is to run a family business and to find that work-life balance. It's totally worth it." More than just a growing business, Wild Fox is a creative outlet for Wingenfeld. Because her stock depends on what's available during the time of year, every bouquet is built around the season. No two are the same, especially when Wingenfeld forages wild flowers beyond her garden, too. "I love that the people I work with are totally open to letting me try new things," she says. "Every bride I've worked with has said, 'Here are my colors, I totally trust you.' Having local flowers is a newer concept, and I think they like that they're grown on a farm."  Wingenfeld gets to see the trends up close and personal. She offers a few insights on what's hot in local floral and tips for creating your own bouquet. What's popular. Everyone loves peonies, and the season's really short here. Sunflowers bouquets are always really popular. I get a lot of requests for classic flowers, like gladiolas, because everyone has a memory tied to them. What's trending. "The rustic, farm look has been popular, but I'm seeing a shift toward becoming a little more elegant. People are straying away from using mason jars for everything. They want flowers that are fresh from the farm, but also want to mix it with something a little more dramatic. Let shapes and seasons lead. When it comes to my business, I can't guarantee anyone certain flowers. I like to plan weddings and events more by color palate and shape. Details that show movement are really popular right now. I like cosmos because they're not just straight flowers, they arc and make everything more interesting. Backyard bouquet. If you want to put together a bouquet from your yard, look at the different shapes, colors and textures, and find something that is solid and creates a line that draws the eye up, like a branch. You can also find something common, like Queen Anne's Lace or grass, that has a soft shape. Then add your flowers. Think outside the box. It's important to look outside and find things you wouldn't normally think of as flowers. I like to use kale, and I've used cabbage before. I've used branches from pear trees, hops, broom corn and rye. When you see things that you normally wouldn't use in a bouquet, look at the shape of it and try it out. You never know what might work. Also on Flower farmer Meghan Wingenfeld is girly, gritty and stylish: Fashion Flash
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Local food Community-supported agriculture Flower Flowers Farmers' market Farmer
Rick Bayless, FamilyFarmed cook up plan to grow local food
When Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill opened almost 30 years ago, according to the celebrity chef, Chicago was a "wasteland for local agriculture." Before the proliferation of farmer's markets and surge of farm-to-table marketing, Bayless pleaded with farmers in Illinois and Wisconsin to just sell...
532 points by Chicago Tribune | Local food Rick Bayless Frontera Grill Chicago Farmer Sustainability Food Form of the Good
Kenilworth Farmers Market may need to move
As a $20 million upgrade to the Shops at Kenilworth kicks into high gear, the mall owner has told members of the center's small seasonal farmer's market they may need to move. Owings Mills developer Greenberg Gibbons warned merchants of the potential conflict toward the end of last year. President...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Local food Market Farmers' market Street market Shopping mall Grocery store Business and financial operations occupations Supermarkets of the United States
Fresh Start Farms program helps refugees find community
After 200 years of being owned and worked by the same family, there’s both change and stability at the Stone Farm in Dunbarton.The duty of turning the soil and tending to the crops will now be handed down to a new group of farmers. But the land will remain a farm as long as someone wants to plant a...
35 points by Concord Monitor | Agriculture Farm War Local food Refugee The Refugees
Downtown Summerlin home goods store West Elm partners with artists
West Elm is one of the newest shops in Downtown Summerlin, located near the Red Rock Resort end and next door to Ethan Allen. The store partners with local artists so that regional accents are included. It currently features three artisans.
131 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Las Vegas metropolitan area Local food Nevada Clark County Nevada Farmers' market Las Vegas Nevada
Farm-City celebrates farmers and fall in Howard County
The fall season has officially arrived bringing with it pumpkins, scarecrow-making and Howard County's annual Farm-City Celebration. Started 13 years ago as a way to showcase farmers and how farms work, Farm-City is a group effort that brings together county government agencies, the public school...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Local food Halloween Ellicott City Maryland Howard County Maryland Pine Farm Farms Town
Where will Eastern Market go from here?
What planners call the Food Innovation Zone would see multiple new buildings built north and northeast of the market.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Farmers' market Detroit Residential development Residential area Local food Market Sustainability Economics
Eastern Market evolution tied to development
What planners call the Food Innovation Zone would see multiple new buildings built north and northeast of the market.        
1239 points by Detroit Free Press | Farmers' market Detroit Residential development Residential area Local food Market Sustainability Economics