10. Locally grown keeps rising - The Packer

10. Locally grown keeps rising

12/28/2012 12:39:00 PM
Chuck Robinson

“(Local food) is proliferating in the marketplace. ... Does the government need to be coming in and giving further incentives (for) what the market place is actively engaged in?” Guenther said.


April 23

Farm to School grants open for proposals

By Tom Karst, National Editor

Demand is expected to outpace supply for $3.5 million in the Farm to School Grant Program to be awarded this fall.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said the USDA will be accepting letters of intent through mid-May and grant proposals by June 15. “We will learn a lot from these applications and get a better sense of the magnitude of interest,” Merrigan said.

The grants, capped at $100,000 per award, will be awarded by this fall.

“Farm to school is pitch perfect on so many different levels,” Merrigan said in an April 17 press conference. “It allows kids to learn more about where their food comes from and who produces that food.”


April 30

Downtown New Orleans likes Rouses’ local focus

By Pamela Riemenschneider, Retail Editor

NEW ORLEANS — When Rouses Enterprises LLC designed its new downtown store, the Thibodaux, La.-based company highlighted its relationship with local growers.

Photos of the growers the company regularly sources from are displayed prominently in the produce department. ...

Rouses has expanded its local produce programs significantly over the past few years, including working with local hydroponic growers to source unique crops not normally cultivated in Louisiana.


May 21

Kroger goes local with Jackson Farming fruit

By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

A partnership between the Kroger Co. and Jackson Farming Co., Autryvile, N.C., will mean locally grown strawberries and melons this season at 16 supermarkets in the Raleigh-Durham area known as the Triangle.


June 4

Retailers go more local with rooftop greenhouses

By Pamela Riemenschneider, Retail Editor

The first of several supermarket greenhouse projects by BrightFarms Inc. is expected to bear fruit later this fall, and the New York-based company has several more in the works.

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