Vetter Family Creates the Grain Place Foundation

One of Nebraska’s pioneering families in organic farming has announced the formation of a new nonprofit foundation to advance farming in mutually beneficial relationship with nature and communities. The Grain Place Foundation was formed by the heirs of the late Don and Alice Vetter, who founded the Grain Place Farm, a 280-acre organic farm …

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New Prague organic foods store has a twist, but will it catch on?

Farmhouse Market has all the staples of a natural foods store — except the cashier. If successful, the New Prague market’s business model could provide a way for small communities to sustain stores that stock fresh, local food without high staffing costs. Members can enter 24 hours a day via a key card and use an iPad-like tablet to …



Marketing green products through package design

Color, icons, graphics and materials are just a few of the design elements that need to be considered when creating packaging for ‘green’ products in an omni-channel environment. The emerging shopping behaviors of millennial consumers—including product evaluation, selection, and channel preference—are having a significant impact on …

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Mushroom Cultivation: Pasteurising Bulk Substrate for Many Bags of Shrooms

So you’ve got your bag/jar of spawn, and you’re ready to turn it into many bags (or buckets) of mushrooms. Here’s a simple + effective way to go about that process. Firstly, take your bag or jar of spawn that you’ve either cultivated yourself, or bought from a mushroom supplier. Break up the spawn (easier to do without touching the … – Business Platform


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