Grow Local OC Conference: The Future of Urban Food Systems

Grow Local OC Conference: The Future of Urban Food Systems

Seedstock LLC The Grow Local OC Conference: The Future of Urban Food Systems will take place on Nov. 10 at California State University, Fullerton


Thu., Nov. 10, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 2016
$45 - $174

Location Info:

California State University, Fullerton - Portola Pavilion
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, California  92831
Slated for Thursday, November 10 (Conference Day) and Friday, November 11 (Future Farm Field Trip) at California State University, Fullerton, "Grow Local OC: The Future of Urban Food Systems" Conference presented by Seedstock and the OC Food Access Coalition will focus on the community and economic development potential of urban and local food systems efforts in Orange County - to improve food access and health outcomes, connect people to their food, and create new jobs and business opportunities by employing innovative business models and farming systems of the future.

November 10 (Day 1): Grow Local OC Conference Day

Attendees will convene in Portola Pavilion A-B at the Titan Student Union at California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, CA for a series of panels and keynotes that will address the positive community and economic development outcomes that can result from the creation of healthy and vibrant urban food systems. Confirmed speakers for the November 10 conference day include:

Karen Ross - Secretary of the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture
Mark Lowry - Director of the Orange County Food Bank
Rachel Surls - Sustainable Food Systems Advisor for UC Cooperative Extension
Chef Adam Navidi - Future Foods Farms, Oceans & Earth Restaurant
Rishi Kumar - Co-founder and Director of The Growing Club
Christina Hall - Executive Director of OC Food Access Coalition
Erik Cutter - Managing Director at Alegria Fresh
Megan Penn - Executive Director of Orange Home Grown
Jeremy Samson - School Garden and Chapter Chair, Slow Food OC
Dwight Detter - Executive Director, Slow Money SoCal
Aaron Fox - Asst. Professor, Urban & Community Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona
Chris Higgins - General Manager at Hort Americas
Sara E. Johnson - Director of the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) program at Cal State Fullerton

November 11 (Day 2): Future Farm Field Trip

The second day of the event offers a "Future Farm Field Trip." Participants will have the opportunity to tour a diversity of innovative urban and state-of-the-art agriculture operations across Orange County - from an aquaponic community garden to an indoor vertical hydroponic farm and more - that are utilizing innovative growing systems and business models to grow the local food marketplace in SoCal. Participants will be treated to lectures and sessions that examine urban farming and community garden operations that are embracing innovative business models to both increase food security and take advantage of the growing market demand for local food.

Presently scheduled stops on the field trip include:

*Urban Produce - an indoor vertical farming operation that uses advanced hydroponic technologies in a controlled environment to grow and sell organic microgreens throughout southern California
*Riverbed Farm - an aquaponics community farm in Anaheim that uses minimal water to operate and produces over 2,000 pounds of food for underserved residents.
*Future Foods Farms - one of the largest aquaponic farms in the state, the farm is located on 25 acres in Brea, California and produces organically grown products
*Alegría farm - the farm supports more than 60 cultivators growing over 50,000 plants utilizing hydroponic and natural, nutrient-dense configurations


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