Ideas, stories and resources for re-linking the food chain.
The National Drought Mitigation Center reports that even with short-term rainfall this winter, severe drought will continue throughout much of California. How can local food systems help address this? By increasing the supply of these same crops, grown locally.read more
Food, farming and technology organizations are gathering at a number of events this fall to discuss the future of the way we eat. CEO Erika Block is participating in several of these conversations around the country, sharing Local Orbit’s perspective on building the New Food Economy.read more
Human brains are wired for story; this is what makes us human and enables us to learn, communicate, remember and act. In “Wired for Story,” Lisa Cron writes “Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution—more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to.”read more
Erika’s presentation illustrates how the consumer demand for local food is growing despite distribution challenges and the recession. She introduces the concept of a shifting landscape whereby restaurants, hospitals and governments are creating initiatives to increase their local buying power. Erika also shares Local Orbit’s vision for relinking the food chain.read more
We are looking forward to joining the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in hosting a free Webinar about innovative models for admin-ajaxrelocalizing food systems later this month. On April 22, Erika Block and Noah Fulmer will lead a discussion about regional food distribution systems and a review of local models that are active throughout the country.read more
To Sustain Agriculture in Drought-plagued California, Look to Michigan’s Developing Local Distribution Infrastructure
California just can’t catch a break when it comes to water. As the New York Times noted recently, thousands of California Central Valley acres now feature dusty fields where tomatoes and melons once grew. Without any water, fields are simply being left fallow.read more
March 19 and 20, on the heels of Local Orbit’s Hub Camp in Los Angeles, is the inaugural Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond! conference, focusing on innovations in the traditionally agricultural Inland Empire.read more
Most of the people launching these startups have little “traditional” food distribution experience. They are mission-driven and focused on keeping food dollars in their communities. Local Orbit has made its mark creating online marketplaces for local food distribution startups. In the process, the company is been in a unique position to work with entrepreneurs developing a wide variety of business models in 12 states. There are common bottlenecks that Local Orbit found were slowing down its customers:read more
There are only a few days left to make your voice heard on proposed FDA regulations that will affect small farms all across the
United States. These changes could ultimately, directly affect the emerging regional and local foods systems that we are working to build by placing undue regulatory burdens on small farms.
The viability of our local farms is reaching critical importance. The reason is simple, America’s farms provide an unparalleled abundance of fresh, healthy food, but they are rapidly disappearing. America is losing more than an acre of farmland every minute.read more