Center provides place for food businesses to begin

joan 2014It takes a lot of work to start a new business, especially when that business involves food. Licensing, health concerns, finding suppliers, and even finding a kitchen that has the proper equipment to prepare the food are all things that have to figured out by people who want to start their own food businesses.

Joan Nelson is the executive director at the Allen Neighborhood Center. She spoke with the Food Fix about the Center’s Incubator Kitchen program that is giving local farmers a place to expand into new areas, and is letting small businesses get off the ground.

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Purdue students address hunger in Haiti with hydroponic food system

Photo: Rachel Sparks
A prototype of the hydroponics system. Photo: Rachel Sparks

By Kasey Worst

As part of a senior  project, Rachel Sparks and a team of other students at Purdue University, designed a hydroponics system that could fit inside of a shipping container.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants where no soil is needed. Instead, nutrient-filled water is delivered to the plants. The delivery method varies by system.

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Researchers developing new kinds of wheat


Can modern genetic research help find ways to produce wheat that is resistant to heat and drought?

Jared Crain is a graduate student in interdepartmental genetics at Kansas State University, Kansas. Crain and his colleagues are exploring the potential of genetic sequencing to find climate change resistant wheat crops.

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Michelle Napier-Dunnings: Underserved Farmers


There are numerous challenges faced by the people who bring you your fresh produce. They have to meet rigid standards, obtain pricy certifications and work hard to gradually “move up the food chain,” by getting more land and diversifying their crops over a period of years.

Underserved farmers are those wjp are outside the typical idea of a farmer – women, veterans, minorities. As a result of who they are, they face challenges in both getting into farming and moving up in ot.

Michelle Napier-Dunnings is the executive director for Michigan Food and Farming Systems. She talked about this often unrecognized group of farmers with The Food Fix.

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Ellis Adams: Social Dynamics of Crop Adoption

Focus Group in Linthepe

Malnutrition remains a significant problem in less developed countries. It is the leading cause of death and illness among mothers and children.
Legumes like beans and peas are very nutritious. They can seem like a magic bullet for solving malnutrition problems.

But it’s not so simple. Farmers don’t just adopt a new crop overnight.

Ellis Adams, a doctoral student in geography at Michigan State University,  received funding from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovations to explore the social learning and community dynamics of planting the pigeon pea in Malawi.

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