2013 Local/Sustainable Agriculture News

December 19, 2013

Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses. But now, there’s a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity. Read more from NPR.

August 16, 2013

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab will support Hill Country, statewide fruit industry

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recently received a contribution allowing the purchase of a pre-existing facility in Fredericksburg by the Texas A&M University System that will support the state’s viticulture and fruit industries, according to an agency official. Learn More

July 8, 2013

American Farmland Trust’s I Love My Farmers Market Celebration

Many family farmers are struggling to stay financially afloat and face pressure from development that is destroying farmland. Farms closest to America’s cities—often the providers of the delicious local food found at farmers markets—are directly in the path of destruction. AFT’s I Love My Farmers Market Celebration is raising national awareness about local farmers markets and putting money directly in the pockets of family farmers. Check out theFredericksburg Farmer’s Market every Thursday – a fantastic Hill Country example.

June 3, 2013

Bipartisan Caucus Lays Groundwork for Food Movement

The bipartisan “farm-to-table” caucus landed a couple of key victories in its first legislative session, laying the groundwork for its effort to help small agricultural businesses crop up across Texas. More from Texas Tribune