How can cities leverage unused agricultural land to increase the supply of locally available food and create new jobs and farmers? What small scale urban agriculture solutions are bearing fruit? Is it possible to create an economically viable farming business on one or two acres of land? How can the USDA help? What are innovators in the sustainable urban agriculture space doing? What policy needs to be put into place to facilitate an active agricultural economy in a city and on its fringes?
These and other questions will be the focus of Seedstock’s upcoming Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond! conference, which is set to take place on March 19 – 20 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, CA.
The event will feature urban agriculture innovators, key policy makers, nutrition experts, and investors, who will partake in a two-day, outcomes-based conference to examine solutions to help cities, Riverside in this particular case, to galvanize their citizens, growers, advocates, government officials and other major stakeholders around the economic opportunities that can result from employing sustainable urban agriculture.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Glenda Humiston - California State Director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development
Bob Knight - Founder of Inland Orange Conservancy and Old Grove Orange, Inc.
Val Dolcini - State Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Colin and Karen Archipley - Archi’s Acres and Veterans for Sustainable Agriculture Training program (VSAT)
Paula Daniels - Founder of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council
David Rosenstein - Founder of EVO Farm and Chair of the Aquaponics Association – Western Region
Pierre Sleiman - Founder of Go Green Agriculture
Rickey Smith - Founder of Urban Green
Rodney K. Taylor - Director of Nutrition Services, for the Riverside Unified School District
Dwight Detter - Local Forager for Whole Foods Market
Daniel Aaron Francis - Riverside Permaculture Guild
Robert Hewitt - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Clay Monroe - Principal Account Manager for the City of Riverside Public Utilities Department
Fortino Morales III - Community Garden Coordinator at University of California, Riverside
Rick Pruetz (FAICP) - Founder of Planning & Implementation Strategies
REGISTRATION & TICKETS: A Limited number of Early Bird Tickets remain, so register quickly to reserve your spot!