Category Archives: Local Food (Foodmiles)

FarmShare White Paper

This document is intended to provide an overview of the potential application of internet-connected sensor devices and a blockchain-based alternative ownership model in the context of a rural agricultural community. The proposal builds upon the existing business model known as Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), which aims to create mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and local communities by involving CSA members/subscribers in the production and decision-making processes.The FarmShare application serves as a platform for facilitating collaboration between farmers and shareholders, which has generally proved difficult for CSA organizations relying on traditional modes of planning and communication.

This looks to be the start of a very interesting discussion on the combination of Blockchain technologies in Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA).

The resulting benefits in areas such as decentralisation, localisation and resiliency should be great. As with all young technologies there will be pitfalls along the way. But the innovation in the cryptofinance space has been rapid and there is already several project that are making rapid progress.

Source: FarmShare White Paper — Medium

Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming?

CLF teamed up with the Video and Film Arts Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to produce Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? films in 2010, which explore important issues in our food system.

Looking at the differences in the comments of the actual farmers is incredible. You can literally see the passion & enjoyment of the people that have made the change.

Original resource: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-livable-future/news_events/multimedia/out_of_pastore.html

Local Food Systems

This has been around for a while, but I thought it’s worth sharing as it is still highly relevant.

“Local food economies are our best hope for checking the drift toward the total global economy. Food is where these economies begin. A revolt is underway across this country – a revolt of the small producers and consumers. Some of the most important politics today are happening at the farmers market.”

Boskoi – mobile food foraging

I just came across an excellent free, opensource mobile app that helps you explore and map the edible landscape wherever you are. It is based on the Ushahidi Framework and named after Boskoi the greek word for grazer or browser the app lays out a map of local fruits and herbs and allows users to edit and add their own finds.

The app is made by the foragers at Urban Edibles in Amsterdam and comes with quite a few foraging guidelines.

Links

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Changes in zoning laws for urban agriculture

Zoning laws in some jurisdictions are a stumbling block for many urban (& community) agriculture projects. While some local Government bodies are sympathetic and some even encourage the creation, there are a substantial number who are indifferent at best.

This program on Chicago (IL) based station WBEZ explains what changes are taking place in the city of Chicago.

 

You can listen to the story or visit the webpage to read a summary