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Welcome to Urban Agriculture & Food System Notesa new resource from Purdue Extension - Marion County

Hi there,

This is the first issue of a periodic newsletter which will bring timely, high quality resources about food and agriculture to your inbox. As urban agriculture educator for Purdue Extension - Marion County, I often encounter resources that may be useful for people engaged in local and urban food system development. This periodic email will allow me to share noteworthy information with you, highlighting local, regional, national, and sometimes even international resources. This first issue is a good example of the type of resources I plan to share: a guide to federal funding, a free farm law webinar series, a Purdue conference announcement, and more.
You received this email either because you indicated that you are interested in hearing from me about urban agriculture and local foods, or because I thought you might be interested. This newsletter will come at most once per week, and less frequently when I have fewer resources to share. If you are not interested in receiving these emails, feel free to unsubscribe at the bottom.
Thanks, and happy browsing!
Emily Toner

GUIDE: Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities

REPORT: ALICE Study of Financial Hardship

WEBINAR SERIES: Sustainable Farm Law

CONFERENCE: Indiana Small Farm Conference Registration Open

WEBINAR: Purdue High Tunnel Management

JOURNAL ARTICLE: Global assessment of urban ag
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GUIDE: Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities

A handy guide to federal programs offering support to urban and sustainable agriculture endeavors, provided by the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. “…the guide addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry. Thus, it can help farmers, entrepreneurs, community developers, conservationists, and many other individuals... "
REPORT: ALICE Study of Financial Hardship

Across Indiana, 37 percent of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation. For Marion County, that percentage is higher, 45 percent, and is disproportionately black and Hispanic families.

United Way of Central Indiana released this information in the Indiana ALICE Report last week. The report includes findings on households that earn below the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Threshold, a level based on the actual cost of basic household necessities in each county in Indiana.

WEBINAR SERIES: Sustainable Farm Law

Farm Commons, a sustainable farm law group based in Madison, Wis. offers free webinars on legal topics for farmers. There are 13 upcoming webinars from Dec. 8 til March 24 covering topics like “Put Your CSA On Strong Legal Footing,” “Sales Contracts for Farm Produce: Why and How,” and “The Beginning Farmer’s Introduction to Farm Law.”

CONFERENCE: Indiana Small Farm Conference Registration Open

On March 5-7, 2015, Purdue Extension is hosting the 3rd annual Indiana Small Farm Conference in Danville, Ind. There will be sessions and field trips focused on crop and hops production, beekeeping, hoop houses, livestock production, processing and marketing produce, small farm management, and more.

WEBINAR: Purdue High Tunnel Management

On Thurs., Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. Purdue Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist Liz Maynard is offering an hour-long webinar on crop selection and growing techniques in high tunnels.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Global assessment of urban ag

A study published this month in Environmental Research Letters suggests that urban agriculture, production falling within 12 miles of an urban area. The researchers’ objective was “…to produce the first global-scale, spatially explicit assessment of the current extent of urban and peri-urban croplands…”  Their findings showed that 60 percent of irrigated and 35 percent of rainfed croplands are within 12 miles of an urban area.
This email was compiled and distributed by:  
Emily Toner Purdue Extension – Marion County
Urban Agriculture Educator 1202 E. 38th Street, Discovery Hall Suite 201
Email:, Indianapolis, IN 46201
Phone: 317-275-9309
Twitter: @emilyeggleston
Facebook: Emily Toner

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