Where there’s muck, there’s brass. The truly valuable work usually isn’t the sexy, fun work. The real value is in the extra sales call to a customer, the attention to detail in the packaging or wording of an email, the detailed (and tedious) code to perfect Quickbooks automation, and probably a thousand other tasks you [...]
It wasn’t that long ago that people warned of weeds adapting to heavy herbicide usage. People likewise warned about antibiotic-resistant bacteria evolving from the mega doses of drugs given to animals in CAFOs. Today, more than 12 million acres of agricultural land is afflicted with super weeds and the only solution offered by the AgChem [...]
http://grist.org/list/scientists-build-energy-efficient-computer-out-of-crabs/ Crab computers? Delicious AND programmable? Sign me up! Until we get our crab-based supercomputers, though, we’ll stick with the classic, fast, and highly scalable LAMP technology stack.
On Saturday, a bunch of us volunteers (and a few real farmers with a tractor) planted dozens of different varieties of heirloom tomatoes at Millgrove Farms. Even the little kids were put to work! Many of these tomatoes will be sold through Growfood Carolina, Charleston’s local food hub!
What is FoodHub Pro? FoodHub Pro is software designed by and for food hubs. It’s single purpose is to help food hubs with the planning, aggregation, and distribution of locally grown and produced food. Aesthetically, it has to be simple with complete transparency in your data, efficient to use while remaining full featured, and helpful [...]
January is an exciting time of year for me. It’s time to buy seeds, start sowing some indoors, and prep garden beds for early transplants. We just got our big box of seeds from Sow True this week and I got a little excited, as usual. This January is exciting for another reason. FoodHub Pro [...]
My compost piles are famous! It was pretty exciting to be featured in the Charleston Post and Courier this past weekend, even if it was just for my backyard piles. My contributions to the local food movement are raising an organic garden, buying local, and writing great software. My neighbors’ bags of leaves or grass [...]
Good things for food in 2012! Organic food is expected to continue its relentless growth. Given that GMO crops have recently been linked to organ failure in laboratory animals, I’m not surprised. Food hubs are expected to keep popping up all over the place, too. GrowFood Carolina is a brand new food hub serving Charleston, [...]
Beta testing, woohoo! We’re proud to say that FoodHub PRO has entered the beta testing phase! Local food production and distribution now officially has software dedicated to making it more efficient, transparent, and effective. GrowFood Carolina is a new food hub in Charleston, SC and they’ve been automated from Day #1. GrowFood has been buying [...]
A deadly E.coli outbreak in Europe has killed several people and sickened hundreds more. While authorities found the source in cucumbers and believe it originated in Spain, they cannot yet track the source of this deadly batch of produce. Cucumbers grown in Spain are distributed throughout Europe, thereby multiplying the potential impact. The cucumbers are [...]
As a follow-up to this post, Russian is going to let their wheat export ban expire July 1, after being in place since last August. Severe drought and decreased yields lead to the ban, but 10% more acres were been planted and stockpiles in the country are rising. Russia anticipates exporting 10 million tons after [...]
I just heard anecdotally (from a manager at Boone Hall Farms in South Carolina) that the cost to run a refrigerated truck across the country from California to Charleston, South Carolina is $17,000. I am curious to find hard facts to back up this figure, but it’s an interesting starting place. Rising fuel costs will [...]
Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation is stepping up to help small farmers worldwide where governments are not. He’s invested $1.7 billion to date into small farmers’ education, better seeds, and more productive tools. The idea is to give them more food on the same land while preserving their environment. What’s more, he’s opened up [...]
Some bad news for crop yields and commodity prices: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-05/france-s-second-hottest-april-in-century-desiccates-farm-fields.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-05/food-prices-approach-record-high-as-grain-prices-fuel-inflation-worldwide.html Oil and food prices go hand-in-glove, and when coupled with decreasing crop yields we are facing what Lester Brown calls The Great Food Crisis of 2011.
Marion Nestle has an excellent article describing how our “cheap” food is actually expensive when external costs are included. Externalities include healthcare costs, safety and food illnesses, agricultural subsidies, etc. Read more here: http://www.foodpolitics.com/2011/04/externalized-costs/
FoodHub Pro is easy food hub management software that helps you plan, aggregate, distribute and account for locally produced food.
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