Entries by AJ Hughes

Slow Food OC Builds Bridges and Community Gardens to Connect County to Agricultural Roots and Local Food

A member of Slow Food USA, Slow Food Orange County aids in the establishment of school and community gardens, fosters food-centered education and camaraderie, and highlights those who promote Slow Food principles. In keeping with the principles, Slow Food Orange County works toward the establishment of a food system that is fresh, seasonal and local; […]

Orange Home Grown Goes Beyond Farmers Market Roots to Spread Local Food & Ag Education in OC

“In Orange County, the local food system is not good at all—it’s behind the times,” says Megan Penn, co-founder and executive director of Orange Home Grown. Penn and the organization she leads are working hard to remedy that. Change is happening, says Penn, who believes that “food is the essence of everything.” Penn was raised […]

To Tackle Food Insecurity, Orange County Coalition Takes Broad Approach to Increase Food Access

To many, Orange County is known for high-end shopping, affluent neighborhoods and, of course, Disneyland. But submerged beneath the county’s oft-glittery surface is the insidious problem of poverty. According to U.S. Census statistics, median household income in Orange County is $75,998. However, 12.9 percent of county residents live in poverty (defined as annual income less […]

Agriculture Key to California Economic Summit’s ‘One Million Challenge’ for Workers, Water and Homes

In November 2015, the fourth California Economic Summit took place in Ontario, located in Southern California’s Inland Empire. Agriculture was a key component of the vision outlined at the event, which is designed to spur economic growth in the Golden State. The event is put on by the California Stewardship Network, a group promoting economic […]

Local Food Marketplace and New Technology Keys to Future of Agriculture in OC, Says Irvine Farmer

Farmer A.G. Kawamura is doing his part to preserve and foster the agricultural heritage in Irvine, California, a city of more than 250,000 in the heart of heavily-populated Orange County, just south of Los Angeles. Kawamura, the former secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is in charge of field production at family-owned […]