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.
The conference will serve to galvanize the citizens, growers, advocates, government officials and other major stakeholders in Orange County around the positive economic and community development outcomes that can result from the creation of healthy and vibrant local food systems in the county and on its fringes.
To register, click here: http://growlocaloc.eventbrite.com
November 10 (Day 1): Grow Local OC Conference Day
Attendees will convene 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
Rachel Surls – Sustainable Food Systems Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
Chef Adam Navidi – Future Foods Farms, Oceans & Earth Restaurant and Chef Adam Navidi Catering
Frank Fitzpatrick – Owner, 5 Bar Beef
Nate Storey – CEO of Bright Agrotech
Tim Alderson – Executive Director of Seeds of Hope
Ed Horton – President and CEO of Urban Produce LLC
Megan Penn – Executive Director of Orange Home Grown (OHG)
Rishi Kumar – Co-founder and Director of The Growing Club
Colin and Karen Archipley – Archi’s Acres
Christina Hall – Executive Director of OC Food Access Coalition
Dwight Detter – Executive Director of Slow Money SoCal
Sara E. Johnson – Director of the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) program at California State University Fullerton
Aaron Fox – Assistant Professor, Urban & Community Agriculture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Chris Higgins – General Manager at Hort Americas
November 11 (Day 2): Future Farm Field Trip
The second day of the event offers an Urban Food Systems 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 supply chain 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:
Irvine-based Urban Produce is an indoor vertical farming operation that uses advanced hydroponic technologies in a controlled environment. Urban Produce currently grows and sells organic microgreens that are available throughout southern California
Riverbed Farm in Anaheim is an aquaponics community farm that uses minimal water to operate and produces over 2,000 pounds of food for underserved residents.
Future Foods Farms
Future Foods Farms, located on 25 acres in Brea, California, produces all organically grown products in several 2,000-4,000 square-feet greenhouses and is one of the largest aquaponic farms in the state.
Alegría farm supports more than 60 cultivators growing over 50,000 plants utilizing hydroponic and natural, nutrient-dense configurations. The farm’s resource-efficient technologies demonstrate how urban microfarms can supply communities with locally grown, fresh produce while reducing transportation and preserving natural resources.