Monday, Food+Tech Connect announced the winners of the Farm Bill Hackathon. But several other interesting projects were also created at the event, held December 3, 2011 in NYC. A final virtual project from the day will also be featured tomorrow.
An illuminating graphic on beef production and industry consolidation was created by Alexandra Tung, Chris Hunt, Nika Stelman, James Boo, Kate Schmidt, Brielle Maxwell, Nichelle Stephens and DD Maucher.
The group was interested in visualizing where each penny of a consumer dollar goes. What they learned was that more, and higher quality, data on the topic is sorely needed. But they did find strong supporting data from Food&Water Watch and the USDA of extreme consolidation in the meat industry, confirming a lack of enforcement of anti-trust laws.
FarmTab – a system to create a credit tab with farms – developed a free mobile app for farmers to use on smart phones on-site at farmer’s markets and farm stands. The program would allow consumers to pay in advance and carry credit with farmers, managed on the FarmTab platform. Michael Zick Doherty, Adam Krebs, Joshua Kleiner and Oscar Torez have pioneered the project, which can also be found here.
RJ Steinert, Britta Riley, Dominic DiFranzo, Diane Hatz, Ann Middleton and Albert Chao created graphics comparing the support available for beginning and existing farms. By looking at individual states, the group found some areas of the country far more supportive of new farmers than others.
And last but not least, apple farmers in the Hudson Valley now have a new private online group, designed so they can communicate more effectively with one another and share information. The project was created by Amir Shimoni, Oana Radulescu and Leanna Mulvihill.