Entries by AJ Hughes

SoCal University’s Aeroponic Garden Challenges Food System Status Quo

A prominent university in Southern California is utilizing aeroponics to challenge the food systems status quo on campus. The University of Southern California (USC) Teaching Garden was established this spring to supply fresh produce to the university’s on-campus restaurants, dining halls, catering services, and hotel, while also teaching students and staff about flavor and sustainability. The garden utilizes aeroponic […]

4 OC Farms Using Innovation to Meet Market Demand and Increase Food Access

Orange County, California, named for abundant orange groves long since paved over to make way for residential and commercial development (and Disneyland), is striving to reconnect with with its agricultural roots. New farmers and entrepreneurs are emerging to take advantage of growing demand for local and hyper-local produce and help communities overcome food access challenges. […]

OC-based Specialty Produce Co. Fights Food Waste, Helps Community

Though involved to a greater extent in the sourcing and national distribution of exotic produce, Los Alamitos-based Frieda’s Specialty Produce has deep roots in Orange County and a commitment to helping the local community eat healthy, fresh food. Founded in downtown Los Angeles in 1962 by Frieda Caplan, the company moved to its present location […]

Where Once a Revivalist Tent Stood, An Educational Community Farm Rises

On ground where a revivalist tent once stood, Orange County’s agricultural heritage is being resurrected in the form of an emerging community farm that grows over 40 varieties of fruits and vegetables from chocolate cherry heirloom tomatoes and chard to kale and strawberries. The farm, situated on the property of the Heritage Museum of Orange […]

At Homegrown Produce and Prepared Goods Exchange in Central Orange County, Everyone Must Swap

The main principle for an effective food swap? No looky-loos—everyone must participate. “You can’t come and not swap,” says Sarah Whittenberg, who runs the Central OC Food Swap in Santa Ana, CA. “We want to make sure that everyone there is interested and engaged.” At the Central OC Food Swap participants exchange homegrown local produce […]

Community Garden Rises in Stanton to Bolster Health Outcomes and Increase Food Access

A desire for better health outcomes among Orange County’s youth population was one of the main drivers for the development of the Stanton Community Garden. “We want to increase the number of healthy children in Orange County,” says Orange County United Way volunteer engagement manager Kautrina Morgan. “That’s the big picture.” The City of Stanton […]