Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Data

kristy Sustainability News

With March comes the first day of Spring (3/20), a great time to start a gardening project, however large or small (even a few potted herbs can lend some hyper-local flavor to your diet) or join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Did you know March 22nd is World Water Day? Read on to find out about this year?s food connection. And of course, St. Patrick?s Day is right around the corner, too; we hope you?ll be thinking green, not just wearing it!


Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Data The USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, a new digital report detailing USDA support for local and regional food projects between 2009 ? 2011, includes interactive maps, data sets, photos, video content and business and community case studies.

Hydrokinetic Power: The Next Wave in Renewable Energy? Momentum is building behind tidal and wave power in the U.S. with a groundbreaking project in New York City ? and dozens more in the works ? and new reports that wind and waves could power up to 15% of the nation’s electricity needs.

A Bird?s Eye View on Mountaintop Removal Mining: The Photography of J. Henry Fair An interview with environmental photographer J. Henry Fair, who shoots industrial scars on the land from high up in a plane. Fair discusses his photography, voting and environmental responsibility and why which toilet paper you choose is important.

SXSW Interactive March 9th – 13th: GRACE and Food+Tech Connect will host an innovators’ dinner at SXSW this year asking, “How can we make a better food future?” Will you be at SXSW? Look for us! If not, follow @EatSustainable or @FoodTechConnect to join the conversation.

World Water Day: March 22nd is the 19th annual World Water Day! Do you know how much water you actually consume every day? How can you change your diet and reduce your water footprint? Join the World Water Day 2012 campaign ?Water and Food Security? and find out more!

Fukushima Anniversary: It?s already been a year since the March 11, 2011 Japanese earthquake that led to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. There will be events around the United States to mark the tragedy, ranging from reflection to activism. Be sure to check listings for events near you.

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