Entries by Kate Edwards

Hydroponics and Healthy Soil Propel OC Grower’s Urban Microfarm

Launching and running an economically viable urban farm is difficult under even the most favorable conditions. In Orange County, where land prices are at a premium and homes cannot be built quickly enough to fulfill resident demand, the prospect of finding available land and launching a profitable urban farming venture is viewed by many as […]

5 Local Farms Surviving and Thriving in Orange County

Farming in Orange County is a challenge. Arable and available land is not only scarce, but oftentimes prohibitively expensive. Tenant farmers continually butt up against the relentless encroachment of urban development, which forces them to relocate their operations over and over again. But despite difficulties, farmers in the county persevere and even thrive. The growing […]

A Family Farm for All of Orange County

Tanaka Farms located in Irvine, CA, with its daily influx of visitors participating in educational farm tours and picking their own fruits and vegetables from its fields, has become a de facto family farm for all of Orange County. And, with production agriculture sadly on the wane in the county, farmer Glenn Tanaka is more than happy to offer […]

6 Food Orgs Working to Fight Hunger and Build Community in Orange County

Given its aura of affluence thanks to popular culture, it comes as a shock to many when they learn that Orange County has a surprisingly serious hunger problem. According to Feeding America’s most recent Map the Meal Gap 2016 data, 10.9 percent of county residents (approximately 335,000 people) experienced food insecurity in 2014. Of that […]