Entries by Robert Puro

Future of Urban Food Systems Conference Coming to OC in November; Early Bird Special Tickets Available

Early Bird Special Tickets are now available for a limited time for the Grow Local OC: Future of Urban Food System Conference presented by Seedstock in partnership with the Orange County Food Access Coalition.  The conference  is slated for Nov. 10 – 11, 2016 at California State University, Fullerton in Orange County (Hosted by U-ACRE). It will focus on the community and […]

Grow Local OC Conference to Explore Importance of Urban Farming in Cities

Across Southern California, a new breed of small farmer is emerging to not only take advantage of the growing demand for local food, but also to connect urban communities to their food. These farmers are nimble, resourceful and pushing the limits, often working on backyard plots within or on the outskirts of cities that are […]

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross to Keynote Orange County, CA Future of Urban Food Systems Conference

Organizers of the email hidden; JavaScript is required today announced Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, as the opening keynote speaker for the two-day event. Presented by Seedstock in partnership with the Orange County Food Access Coalition, the conference is scheduled for November 10-11 at California State University, Fullerton, and […]

“Grow Local OC” Conference in Orange County, CA to Examine Future of Urban Food Systems

(Orange County, CA) – Grow Local OC: The Future of Urban Food Systems, slated for Thursday and Friday, November 10-11, 2016, will explore innovative urban food system developments underway in Orange County and cities across the country that increase the supply of locally grown food in the marketplace, tackle food poverty and access challenges, improve […]

6 Simple Ways To Support Local Food And Farmers

Whether you are new to the local food scene, or you’ve been buying from your neighborhood farmers market for years, you’re making a big difference in the lives of small farmers and food distributors. But the food system is complicated. It’s not always clear how to spend your resources—whether to invest time or money—to best […]

Can Local, Urban Agriculture Scale? Hydroponic Farming Operation Urban Till Says, ‘Yes’

Sustainable growing methods are part of the very fiber of Urban Till’s operations, but the Chicago-based hydroponics farm isn’t an outgrowth of the organic food movement. In fact, it actually has roots in the traditional food industry. Founder Brock Leach comes from a background in food distribution. Before starting Urban Till with his friend, hydroponics […]

Seedstock in Partnership with OC Food Access Launch ‘Grow Local OC’ Community Food System Program

Today, Seedstock and OC Food Access Coalition jointly announced the launch of Grow Local OC. Grow Local OC is an Orange County, CA-focused local food and agriculture program designed to build awareness around the benefits of embracing a community food system wherein food production, processing, distribution and consumption are integrated to enhance environmental, social, economic […]

Uncommon Nonprofit Embraces Urban Agriculture to Break Cycle of Poverty

In 2011, Nancy Mintie, founder of Claremont, CA-based Uncommon Good saw in urban agriculture an opportunity to help fulfill her organization’s mission to break intergenerational poverty cycles and give people the tools to lift themselves up. Mintie says her embrace of urban agriculture in Uncommon Good’s ongoing efforts to promote health, wellness, education and sustainability […]

Can Cities Feed Themselves? A Look at Urban Farming in 5 Major American Urban Centers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that urban agriculture—the practice of cultivating and distributing food in population-dense areas—is all the rage. As Americans learn more about our food system and how it affects our health and the environment, many city-dwellers are looking for alternatives to pesticide-laden fruit and vegetables, GMOs and CAFOs. […]