Healthy Soil, Healthy World

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a new report that analyzed the federal funding for “Sustainable Nutrition Science” – a field of research and education that is at the intersection of nutrition, food production and climate & environment – and found levels to be abysmally low, amounting to less than 25 cents out of everyContinue reading “Healthy Soil, Healthy World”

Floating Solar and Nature Towns

North America is in just beginning to adopt floating solar technology. The US Department of Energy has been promoting the technology, but we need more project developers who can further the technology and partnerships required. Asia is much farther along with installing floating solar than we are. Floating solar is a key technology for producingContinue reading “Floating Solar and Nature Towns”

Our food system is getting more fragile

The Central Texas food system is just 1% self-sufficient (i.e. locally supplied), and Winter Storm Uri exposed new fragilities. Supply chains for grocery stores, dependent on faraway producers, had bare shelves – if they were even open are getting more fragile. Trucks could not get through the icy streets to replenish supplies. At the endContinue reading “Our food system is getting more fragile”

USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)

What: USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) provides matching funds grants (i.e. 50% reimbursement) for adding value to farm commodities. How much: Maximum $75,000 USDA award for planning projects (desk studies only) for a budget maximum of $150,000 When: Applications due March 22, 2021.  Awards announced September 31, 2021.  Duration: 10-12 months Planning grants areContinue reading “USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)”