Grow Local OC: The Future of Urban Food Systems Conference
Slated for Thursday, November 10 (Conference Day) and Friday, November 11 (Urban Food Systems Field Trip) at California State University, Fullerton, the Grow Local OC Conference: The Future of Urban Food Systems 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.
Thursday, November 10, 2015 at California State University, Fullerton 
Registration8:00am
Conference Introduction

Speakers:

Jason Reed - Founder of Seedstock
Christina Hall - Executive Director of the OC Food Access Coalition
Robert Puro - Co-founder and CEO of Seedstock
8:45am
Citrus Sponsor Address: Kaiser Permanente

Speaker:

Kimi McAdam - Assistant Dept. Administrator for Food and Nutrition Services
9:00am
Keynote Address: "The Importance of Agriculture and Local Food Systems in Cities"

Speaker:
Karen Ross - Secretary of the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture
9:15am
Connecting Stakeholders to Foster a Robust Local Food System

Speakers:

Frank Fitzpatrick - Owner of 5 Bar Beef
Christina Hall - OC Food Access Coalition
Mark Lowry - Orange County Food Bank
Kimi McAdam - Kaiser Permanente
Glenn Tanaka - Tanaka Farms

Moderator:

Dwight Detter - Slow Money SoCal
9:55am
Networking Break11:10am
Community Development and Access to Healthy, Local Food

Speakers:

Tim Alderson - Solutions for Urban Ag
Sonora Ortiz - Downtown Santa Ana Farmers' Market
Jeremy Samson - Cultivate Together and Slow Food OC
Megan Penn - Orange Home Grown

Moderator:

Rickey Smith - Urban Green LA
11:30am
Farm-to-Fork Lunch sponsored by Oceans & Earth Restaurant in Yorba Linda12:30pm
Keynote: The Urban Agriculture Opportunity

Speaker:

Rachel Surls - Sustainable Food Systems Advisor for UC Cooperative Extension
1:30pm
Urban Farming and the Creation of Community and Economic Capital

Speakers:

Anna Maria Desipris - Urban Farmer at Farm to Fork
Aaron Fox - Urban and Community Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona
Rishi Kumar - The Growing Club
Sara E. Johnson - U-ACRE Program Director at Cal State University, Fullerton

Moderator:

Rachel Surls - Sustainable Food Systems Advisor at UC Cooperative Extension
2:10pm
Networking Break3:05pm
Controlled Environment Farming in the City

Speakers:

Eric Cutter - Alegria Fresh
Ed Horton - Urban Produce LLC
Chef Adam Navidi - Future Foods Farms
Nate Storey - Bright Agrotech

Moderator:

Chris Higgins - Hort Americas
3:25pm
Panel: Finding funding for Local Food and Farming Endeavors

Speakers:

Mary Abad - Slow Money So Cal
Colin and Karen Archipley - Archi's Acres and AISA
Derek Lutz - American AgCredit
Paul Smith - U.S. Small Business Administration Office

Moderator:

Robert Puro - Seedstock
4:35pm
Conference Summation5:40pm
Networking Reception at Oceans & Earth 6:15pm
Friday, November 11, 2015 at California State University, Fullerton
The "Future Farm Field Trip" will offer a limited number of attendees an excursion into the diversity of innovative urban and state-of-the-art agriculture operations across Orange County.8:30am - 4:30pm
About 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. This crop of fresh, healthy foods is showcased at Chef Adam Navidi’s catered events, his Oceans & Earth Pop-Up Restaurant Concept, the community Future Foods Farms CSA and at a number of local farmers’ markets.
About Urban Produce

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. The company's objective is to build Urban Farms worldwide, bringing fresh produce back to the cities where consumers can buy and eat locally grown product, all while creating jobs in the community and simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint.
About Riverbed Farm

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.
About Alegría farm

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.