The organizers of the Grow Local OC Conference: The Future of Urban Food Systems, slated for Nov. 10 – 11 at Cal State University, Fullerton are excited to announce that Rachel Surls, the Sustainable Food Systems Advisor for University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County, will deliver a keynote address on the state of urban agriculture in Southern California.
From backyard gardens, to urban agriculture, Rachel is involved in a variety of projects related to urban food systems. Since 2013, she has worked with UCLA students to conduct the “Cultivate LA” survey of urban agriculture in Los Angeles. She recently led a UCANR team that carried out a state-wide needs assessment of urban farming. Rachel is a member of the leadership board of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and has been active in their urban agriculture working group which has successfully advocated for policies that support growing food in the city. Rachel and a co-author recently published a book on the local history of urban agriculture, titled “From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles.”
To hear Rachel discuss the state of urban farming in SoCal – from policy that is helping to pave the way for more urban ag development to steps that cities can take to increase urban farming capacity – register now for the upcoming Grow Local OC Conference, by clicking on the following link: http://growlocaloc.eventbrite.com.