Urban Farms and Indoor Ag Operations to Highlight Seedstock Conference’s "Future Farm Field Trip"

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Two-day conference in Orange County, CA, to include tour of hydroponic and aquaponic urban farms. Event is ideal for farmers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and others.

The urban agricultural landscape here is one from which all conference attendees can learn ... successful ways to grow food on small plots and bolster local food systems in their own home towns.

Seedstock’s “Grow Local OC: Future of Urban Food Systems Conference” presented in partnership with the OC Food Access Coalition, and scheduled for Nov. 10 – 11, 2016, at California State University, Fullerton, will explore the community and economic development potential of fostering local food systems in cities.

The “Future Farm Field Trip” on Day 2 (Nov. 11) of the conference offers 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.

“To farm in the urban environs of Orange County where available and arable land is scarce requires grit, resourcefulness, and innovation,” stated Seedstock co-founder Robert Puro. “The local urban agricultural landscape here is one from which all conference attendees can learn efficient, effective and successful ways to grow food on small plots and bolster local food systems in their own home towns.”

Presently scheduled stops on the field trip include:

  • Urban Produce - 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

              

  • Riverbed Farm - 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.

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 early bird tickets for the field trip and conference prior to the Sep. 12 deadline, please visit:

http://growlocaloc.eventbrite.com

For sponsorship opportunities, please send inquiries to: sponsor [at] growlocaloc [dot] com. If you are interested in participating as a conference speaker, please send your request to: participant [at] growlocaloc [dot] com.

About Seedstock:

Seedstock is a social venture that fosters the development of robust and sustainable local food systems through consulting services and the use of a variety of tools, including the news and information blog Seedstock (http://www.Seedstock.com) and live events. Seedstock works with government agencies, municipalities and all private sector stakeholders to create a sustainable food ecosystem of innovation, entrepreneurship and investment.

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