Only 10 spots remain for the Future Farm Field Trip on Day 2 (Nov. 11) of the Grow Local OC: Future of Urban Food Systems Conference. The field trip will of offer an excursion into the diversity of urban and state-of-the-art hydroponic and aquaponic agriculture operations in Orange County. Tour participants will be treated to lectures and sessions from pioneering farmers who are embracing innovative business models and growing systems to both increase food security and take advantage of the escalating demand for local food.
Presently scheduled stops on the field trip include:
Urban Produce LLC – an indoor vertical farming operation based in Irvine, California that uses advanced hydroponic technologies in a controlled environment. Urban Produce currently grows and sells organic microgreens that are available throughout southern California
The Riverbed – an aquaponics community farm in Anaheim, California that uses minimal water to operate and produce over 2,000 pounds of food for underserved residents.
Alegría Farm – an urban farm that 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.
Future Foods Farms – one of the largest aquaponic farms in the state, Future Foods Farms is located on 25 acres in Brea, California. The farm produces all organically grown products in several 2,000-4,000 square-feet greenhouses.
Register now to grab one of the last spots on the trip
On Day 1 (Nov. 10) of the conference, attendees will convene at the Portola Pavilion at California State University, Fullerton in Orange County, CA for a series of panels and keynotes that will address such topic areas as urban farming and local food access, the economic potential of indoor agriculture, local food policy, the benefits of community and school gardens, and more. The day will be anchored by a keynote address from Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, on the importance of agriculture and local food systems in cities.
For additional information, and to purchase Seed Saver Discount tickets for the field trip and conference prior to the Oct. 17 deadline, please visit:
Select Confirmed Speakers:
Karen Ross – Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
Mark Lowry – Director of the Orange County Food Bank
Rachel Surls – Sustainable Food Systems Advisor for UC Cooperative Extension
Ed Horton – President and CEO of Urban Produce LLC
Colin and Karen Archipley – Co-founders of Archi’s Acres and the VSAT Program
Derek Lutz – Asst. Vice President at American AgCredit
Aaron Fox – Asst. Professor, Urban & Community Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona
Frank Fitzpatrick – Owner of 5 Bar Beef
Glenn Tanaka – Owner of Tanaka Farms
Kimi McAdam – Asst. Dept. Administrator for Food and Nutrition Services at Kaiser Permanente
Chris Higgins – General Manager at Hort Americas
Tim Alderson – Executive Director at Seeds of Hope
Chef Adam Navidi – Founder, Future Foods Farms and Oceans & Earth Restaurant
Rishi Kumar – Co-founder and Director of The Growing Club
Christina Hall – Executive Director of OC Food Access Coalition
Jeremy Samson – Chair of Slow Food OC
Anna Maria Desipris – The Ecology Center/The Honeybee Hub
Erik Cutter – Managing Director of Alegria Fresh
Dwight Detter – Executive Director, Slow Money SoCal
Megan Penn – Executive Director of Orange Home Grown
Sara E. Johnson – Director of the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) program at Cal State Fullerton