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Homegrown Riverside Recipe Contest

As part of Grow Riverside we are launching the “Home-Grown Riverside” recipe contest with this as the inaugural year.  The contest intends to highlight the abundance of local food in the Riverside area and inspire new recipes and ways of cooking throughout our greater Riverside community.  Puff Pastry Veggies

Home-Grown Riverside aims to connect with chefs, food entrepreneurs, cottage food providers and home cooks.

Contest winners will be announced at the Grow Riverside Conference.  The 1st place winner will have their recipe featured for distribution at Community Day.  Applications will be received from now until the end of May!  Please click here for contest details.

Please spread the word and share this contest on your list serves, garden councils, FB pages, linked-in pages and any other social media!

And, if you have not yet registered for the Grow Riverside Conference please register right away!  Go to the Grow Riverside website (http://growriverside.com) or the eventbrite page: http://growriverside.eventbrite.com

Thank you for your help!

Events and Happenings

New City Manager Completes Team

John Russo and Alex Nguyen

City Manager John Russo Completes Executive Team With Hiring of Alex Nguyen

Nguyen joins Al Zelinka and Deanna Lorson as Assistant City Managers in Riverside RIVERSIDE, Calif. –


Nguyen’s hiring completes the team of three Assistant City Managers who will work closely with Russo and supervise the operations of all City departments. Responsibilities have been divided up thusly:

Nguyen – Police, Fire, Library, Museum, and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services departments.

Lorson – Administration, Communications, Finance, General Services, Human Resources, Innovation and Technology

Zelinka – Community and Economic Development, Riverside Public Utilities, Internal Audits, Public Works

Read the full press release.

If you have questions, Contact: Phil Pitchford Intergovernmental and Communications Officer 951-826-5975 ppitchford@riversideca.gov

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Wine and music the perfect combination to celebrate and support the work of two local treasures: The Riverside Neighborhood Partnership – Neighbors Working Together To Make Where They Live Awesome Places, and the Riverside Concert Band.

Tickets are limited
Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Community Meeting Redevelopment Corridor University Ave.

This meeting is back on schedule and ready for your careful input.

University Ave Design CharetteThursdays May 14th and June 4th at Stratton Community Center at Bordwell Park 6:30 p.m. For more Info contact: Kaitlyn Nguyen 951-826-2430  or kpnguyen@riversideca.gov



Randall Lewis Seminar Series:

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required: http://research.ucr.edu/event/about.aspx?ec=CSSD05131

Note that the place of the seminar has moved. We will be meeting at the University Extension Center-Room E 1200 University Avenue, Riverside.

Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.

Neighbor Fest

If you didn’t make Neighborfest 1 when at Bobby Bonds last October, here’s your next closest chance to experience what hundreds of neighbors have been a buzz about.

Check out Neighborfest.


Grow Riverside

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Grow RiversideSave the Date. Grow Riverside and our sustainable, local agricultural future is open for discussion. Join us for this community conversation about a possible future for Riverside.

Second GrowRIVERSIDE “Dinner in the Grove” set for Saturday, May 16; to Deliver Farm-to-School Twist

Events, Happenings, News April 19, 2015

A recap of the week shows that working together makes things better.

RCTC closed the Spruce crossing on Monday. The closure route was problematic and the problems were shared early in the day when everyone noticed. Thanks to Beth Braker for taking the first step and alerting everyone. Thanks to Clarissa Cervantes,  Sergeant Celeste Neiman and and Eliza Echevarria at RCTC for correcting the problem and posting a revised closure route by 4 pm. the same day.

Traffic Issues on Watkins/Mt. Vernon

Lt. Rossi, Traffic Bureau has up’ed the enforcement efforts around Hyatt Elementary School.  Sgt Neiman is working with the School Resource Officer to inform the parents of their actions via a School letter.

The City Traffic Engineer was out at the STEM Academy at drop off and pick up on Thursday assessing the issues.

UCR and UNET Hosted a How To Be A Good Neighbor meeting for Student Group Leaders. Approximately 25 student leaders attended along with Councilman Andy Meldendrez, Gurumantra Khalsa, Code Enforcement, the UNET Squad, the Dean of Students and Director of Student Life.  All The players a student needs to know about when planning a party.

The neighbors have been asking what UCR is doing about student behavior. This was an excellent step in the right direction. This was a first outreach to students. It promises to become an effective tool for building community in the neighborhood.

Soliciting Ideas For A Neighborhood Project.

The City has $500 Small Sparks Grants. What could we do with $500 to make a difference? Deadline by April 30th. We can submit more than one project.

Following are a series of events and happenings for your consideration.

 UCR Visioning Workshop 2

UCR Visioning Workshop2

How do you envision UC Riverside in 2025? Do you have a big idea or even a simple one? Come share your ideas and aspirations at our next set of Future Campus Visioning Workshops! At Workshop #1 in February, we heard from many of you about a wide variety of challenges and opportunities of our existing campus. Visit us at planning.ucr.edu for a synopsis. At Workshop #2 in April, we will have more fun and interactive sessions where you may voice your ideas, opinions, concerns, and suggestions for making the Future UCR Campus an even friendlier, safer, and more inspiring place to live, learn, work and play. Even if you did not attend Workshop #1, please join the conversation this time.

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

NEIGHBORS & COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #2 (NIGHT) 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:15 pm) University Extension, Rooms A, B & C, 1200 University Avenue Dinner and free 3-hour parking included for those who register For additional info: planning.ucr.edu RSVP by April 16th, 2015 on our Study Website at planning.ucr.edu Questions? Email us at planning@ucr.edu or call (951) 827-2433.


East Side Heal Zone Walk By Faith Route

East Side Heal Zone Logo


Join residents of the East Side as they celebrate a community connecting health route.

The event starts at Park Ave Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday April 26th and goes from  2 p.m. – 6 p.m.




Drown Proofing Workshop

Drown Proofing ClinicThe Vivian Stancil Olympian Foundation will teach a drown proofing clinic on April 25th, 2015 at the Riverside Community College Cutter Pool from 10 a. m. to 2 p.m.


Call 951-486-1078 or 562-400-0959 for details.


Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Wine and music the perfect combination to celebrate and support the work of two local treasures: The Riverside Neighborhood Partnership – Neighbors Working Together To Make Where They Live Awesome Places, and the Riverside Concert Band.

Tickets are limited
Wine Tasting Fundraiser


Community Meeting Redevelopment Corridor University Ave.

This meeting is back on schedule and ready for your careful input.

University Ave Design CharetteThursdays May 14th and June 4th at Stratton Community Center at Bordwell Park 6:30 p.m. For more Info contact: Kaitlyn Nguyen 951-826-2430  or kpnguyen@riversideca.gov

Neighbor Fest

If you didn’t make Neighborfest 1 when at Bobby Bonds last October, here’s your next closest chance to experience what hundreds of neighbors have been a buzz about.

Check out Neighborfest.

Neighbor Fest 4

Grow Riverside

Grow RiversideSave the Date. Grow Riverside and our sustainable, local agricultural future is open for discussion. Join us for this community conversation about a possible future for Riverside.

Second GrowRIVERSIDE “Dinner in the Grove” set for Saturday, May 16; to Deliver Farm-to-School Twist

Grow Riverside Conference Focus On Local Agriculture

“Grow Riverside” Conference to Examine Economic, Community Benefits of Local Sustainable Agriculture in Urban Areas

The Future of Local Food will be the focus of a three-day conference in June 2015 in Riverside, CA, and is presented by Seedstock.

Grow Riverside 2015

One of society’s greatest challenges is to establish local, sustainable local food sources

Riverside, CA (PRWEB) January 14, 2015

Seedstock, in partnership with the City of Riverside, today announced it once again will present the “Grow Riverside” conference slated for June 11-13, 2015.

This year’s conference at the Riverside Convention Center sets its focus on “The Future of Local Food” with the goal of sharing vital lessons and information with many municipalities.

Using Riverside’s significant accomplishments over the past 12 months as a model, the conference will examine the City’s initial steps to build and strengthen its local food system as well as explore solutions to help other cities and local governments establish and bolster their own similar initiatives.

“The need to establish local, sustainable food sources continues to be one of our society’s greatest challenges, and it is a privilege to assist the City of Riverside in meeting that challenge,” said Seedstock co-founder and Grow Riverside event organizer Robert Puro.

“This conference provides the opportunity for growers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, investors, residents, career changers, and students – anyone with an interest in exploring solutions to sustainably increase local food in cities and their environs – to come together to identify the economic and community advantages of local sustainable farming,” he said.

Keynote addresses and panel discussions will afford conference attendees the opportunity to explore a variety of topics, including: Marketing Local Agriculture; Growing New Farmers and Entrepreneurs; Growing Opportunities and Ag Innovations in the Greenbelt and Beyond; Water Policy and Usage; and, Local Food Health Impact. Additionally, a series of local symposiums on sustainability, along with community farm-to-table dinners, will be presented throughout the next few months leading up to the conference in June.

“Building on the momentum of our 2014 event, the City of Riverside looks forward to our citizens, friends, and regional neighbors joining us in the mutually beneficial effort of establishing local, sustainable food sources in our communities,” said Councilmember Chris MacArthur, who represents Riverside’s historic greenbelt area. “We hope our 2015 conference, and the preliminary events leading up to it, will bring together farmers, entrepreneurs, food service businesses, city planners and all other interested parties into an arena of sharing ideas, establishing partnerships, and developing successful local, sustainable food programs.”

For additional information and to purchase early bird tickets, please visit http://www.growriverside.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.

About the City of Riverside
The City of Riverside made the navel orange a symbol of bounty and a household staple in California. Today the City maintains more than 1,000 acres of citrus groves. As Riverside continues to grow, so does local pride for the City’s rich agricultural history and consumer demand for healthful local foods. A full 11 percent of the city’s total acreage is designated for agricultural use, unparalleled for a Southern California city of its size. Riverside’s growers, local government officials, and residents are at the forefront of innovation as a city devoted to sustainable

Could Urbanisation and Biodiversity Be Compatible?

Grow Riverside and the Push for more High Density Development

Hiker With Dogs On Riverside TrailsWe know that the Friends of Riverside’s HIlls, the citizen supporters of Prop R and Measure C, the Santa Ana River Conservancy and the Riverside Land Conservancy understand the many reasons it makes sense to preserve open space and biodiversity .


Riverside Gage Canal Farmers always new this. The Gage Canal and local industry have a legacy worth revisiting today. After all, it was an agricultural economy that put Riverside on the map. We had land, water and markets. Now we still have water; there’s a lot less land but much bigger markets than ever. Experts agree, even urbanized  communities can become assets supporting biodiversity.

There is an increasing number of Grow Riverside advocates and stakeholders who appreciate the importance and the value of reinvigorating a locally developed, sustainable agricultural economy.  We have incredible opportunities within reach and there is something in this for everybody.

Eat Fresh, Buy LocalThe case can easily be made that agriculture is the highest land use to consider for our remaining ag lands. How many of the eighteen and a half million consumers in our So Cal region can we introduce to “Riverside Grown”? How many different classes of fans can we create? How many new locally owned businesses can we spark to fill a gap or offer a service. How man more servings of fruits and vegetables can we produce for our local community to consume? How quickly will this impact our health outcomes?

We have two important areas of prime agricultural land still available in Riverside.These remaining agricultural and open space lands are the basis for the prosperity we enjoy today. No one could have predicted the amazing benefits we enjoy from having UCR here, Without our citrus industry would we even have a UCR today?

Vote Here SignWhat if we choose a different path for the management of these assets? Despite the misleading ballot proposition to “save” the La Sierra Hills, this November’s election gives us an opportunity to voice a resounding “NO” to more high density development masquerading as open space preservation.

Defeating the measure for higher density development signals a resounding “YES” for a local, agri-based and potential billion dollar economy instead of more over development and negative impacts.

spreading the wordIt’s important to talk to your neighbors about this. Ask questions. Speak out. Write letters to everyone who should know about this and share with your networks.

You’ll be surprised how much agreement already exists around this opportunity. Our resounding community voice will signal a commitment to begin meeting all our of our community’s needs – jobs, education, poverty, food and health. .

A good question to start with might be:

How many servings of fruits and vegetables does it take for no one to ever go hungry in Riverside again?


Riverside Ranks In Top 10 Worst Cities To Start A Career

According to WalletHub’s 2014 Best Cities To Start A Career, Riverside ranks number 141 out of 150. Find out more here.

Best & Worst Cities to Start a Career

by John S Kiernan

Wallet Hub 2014 Best Cities to Start a CareerWhile the struggles endured in recent years by America’s youth pale in comparison to those suffered by young people in Spain and Greece – where unemployment rates in excess of 50% have spawned great social unrest – finding a job, let alone laying the foundation for a long and prosperous career, is far from simple in the current economic climate. With many employers adopting a wait-and-see approach to both the economic recovery and Obamacare and many young people refusing to adjust expectations in the face of stiff competition, the effective unemployment rate for Americans ages 18 – 29 is currently 15.5%. There is nevertheless reason for optimism among the graduating class of 2014 as well as the scores of young people who have become so disillusioned with the job market that they have given up their search for employment. Not only do more employers plan to hire recent college grads this year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, but hiring in general is also on the rise. Increased hiring obviously doesn’t guarantee employment, though. Young people still must learn how to maximize their employability. In addition to customizing cover letters and making social media accounts safe for work, that could very well entail finding a new place to live and work. While Americans in their 20s are now 40% less likely to move than they were 30 years ago, according to U.S. Census data, employment opportunities do vary significantly based on simple geography. So, in order to help recent college graduates find the best cradles for their burgeoning careers, WalletHub analyzed the 150 largest cities in the U.S. to determine the relative strength of their job markets, the attractiveness of their social scenes, and various other factors that are important to new job market entrants. A complete breakdown of our findings, additional information about the methodology we used to conduct this study, and expert financial management tips for young people can be found below.

Overall Rank

City Name

Quality of Life Rank

Professional Opportunities Rank

1 Washington, DC 3 3
2 Denver, CO 9 5
3 Irving, TX 32 2
4 Seattle, WA 4 20
5 Minneapolis, MN 11 24
6 San Francisco, CA 18 11
7 Austin, TX 8 30
8 Dallas, TX 27 27
9 Charlotte, NC 7 63
10 Houston, TX 30 23
11 Nashville-Davidson, TN 2 69
12 St. Paul, MN 36 14
13 Salt Lake City, UT 15 45
14 Raleigh, NC 5 72
15 Pittsburgh, PA 10 65
16 Atlanta, GA 1 106
17 Aurora, CO 106 1
18 Jersey City, NJ 47 11
19 Oakland, CA 75 4
20 Overland Park, KS 29 40
21 Tampa, FL 21 53
22 Boston, MA 23 51
23 Omaha, NE 24 50
24 Richmond, VA 19 60
25 Arlington, TX 79 8
26 Plano, TX 56 25
27 Fort Worth, TX 63 18
28 Orlando, FL 17 73
29 New York, NY 50 29
30 San Diego, CA 35 44
31 Tulsa, OK 69 15
32 Portland, OR 16 78
33 Fremont, CA 93 6
34 Los Angeles, CA 52 32
35 Kansas City, MO 48 35
36 Durham, NC 12 91
37 Anchorage, AK 53 37
38 Tempe, AZ 14 88
39 Oklahoma City, OK 44 47
40 Madison, WI 6 107
41 Irvine, CA 34 62
42 Fort Lauderdale, FL 42 53
43 Cincinnati, OH 31 74
44 San Jose, CA 112 7
45 Colorado Springs, CO 51 56
T-46 Columbus, OH 33 77
T-46 Miami, FL 67 35
48 Grand Prairie, TX 103 10
49 Pembroke Pines, FL 99 17
50 New Orleans, LA 26 96
51 Corpus Christi, TX 105 13
52 Tacoma, WA 116 9
53 Santa Clarita, CA 88 26
54 Chicago, IL 49 67
55 Chandler, AZ 62 52
56 Huntsville, AL 39 79
57 Huntington Beach, CA 114 19
58 Lexington-Fayette, KY 13 115
59 Scottsdale, AZ 58 66
60 Lincoln, NE 22 105
61 Knoxville, TN 37 98
62 Des Moines, IA 77 53
63 Grand Rapids, MI 40 101
64 Little Rock, AR 38 97
65 Louisville, KY 54 86
66 Sioux Falls, SD 20 116
67 Bakersfield, CA 107 33
68 San Antonio, TX 64 75
69 Yonkers, NY 130 21
70 Long Beach, CA 128 22
71 Gilbert, AZ 71 70
T-72 Garland, TX 122 28
T-72 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 100 43
74 Baton Rouge, LA 56 93
75 Worcester, MA 109 39
76 Amarillo, TX 86 59
77 Phoenix, AZ 80 71
78 Greensboro, NC 28 134
79 Glendale, CA 124 34
80 Newport News, VA 111 49
81 St. Louis, MO 46 113
82 Vancouver, WA 120 40
83 Indianapolis, IN 41 120
84 Aurora, IL 78 83
85 Virginia Beach, VA 55 110
86 Peoria, AZ 108 61
87 Lubbock, TX 60 103
88 Newark, NJ 136 31
89 Philadelphia, PA 90 76
90 Providence, RI 61 111
91 Sacramento, CA 84 85
92 Memphis, TN 66 108
T-93 Norfolk, VA 70 99
T-93 Boise City, ID 45 121
95 Rochester, NY 43 132
96 Anaheim, CA 135 42
97 Baltimore, MD 96 82
98 Oxnard, CA 140 38
99 Chesapeake, VA 119 64
100 Wichita, KS 94 87
101 Chattanooga, TN 82 104
102 Tallahassee, FL 24 148
103 Garden Grove, CA 149 15
104 Fontana, CA 131 68
105 Shreveport, LA 68 117
106 Birmingham, AL 85 102
107 Oceanside, CA 137 56
108 Chula Vista, CA 139 58
109 Buffalo, NY 65 129
110 St. Petersburg, FL 113 94
111 Mobile, AL 104 99
112 Springfield, MO 72 122
113 Glendale, AZ 121 84
114 Albuquerque, NM 73 124
115 Santa Ana, CA 145 48
116 Jacksonville, FL 81 123
117 Winston-Salem, NC 59 140
118 Santa Rosa, CA 127 89
119 Spokane, WA 95 112
120 Henderson, NV 74 133
121 Cape Coral, FL 134 79
122 Montgomery, AL 91 118
123 El Paso, TX 133 95
124 Mesa, AZ 138 81
125 Jackson, MS 92 125
126 Hialeah, FL 150 46
127 Reno, NV 76 142
128 Honolulu, HI 110 119
129 Moreno Valley, CA 141 92
130 Brownsville, TX 144 90
131 Fort Wayne, IN 86 137
132 Las Vegas, NV 98 135
133 Milwaukee, WI 83 145
134 Fresno, CA 132 114
135 Toledo, OH 115 130
136 North Las Vegas, NV 122 127
137 Laredo, TX 118 131
138 Tucson, AZ 117 136
139 Augusta, GA 102 141
140 Ontario, CA 143 109
141 Riverside, CA 128 128
142 Cleveland, OH 97 149
143 Fayetteville, NC 101 147
144 Columbus, GA 89 150
145 Detroit, MI 126 143
146 Akron, OH 125 144
147 San Bernardino, CA 148 126
148 Stockton, CA 141 138
149 Port St. Lucie, FL 146 139
150 Modesto, CA 147 146

Detailed Breakdown by City

WalletHub Best Cities To Start A Career

Gathering “Wild” Food In the City: Rethinking Foraging In the Urban Ecosystem

Urban ForagingPublished today, these exploratory studies point to the importance for planners, managers and scholars to understand urban green spaces as not only providers of services, but also providers of material products.

In the USA, influential landscape architects of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, such as Frederick Law Olmsted and his student Charles Eliot, advocated the creation of networks of urban parks connected to each other and, through river corridors, to green spaces beyond the boundaries of urban settlements. These planners argued that public spaces with large amounts of vegetation were essential elements of healthy, functional cities.  These new landscapes emphasised aesthetics, relaxation, recreation, and refuge, reinforcing emerging notions about which human–nature interactions belonged in the city and which in the country.

Productive practices were defined as rural and, therefore, inappropriate inside the city and city parks. Thus, cities such as Columbus, Ohio materially and discursively erased subsistence gardening and rules prohibiting foraging in parks became commonplace (McLain et al.) Further, development and maintenance of the great urban parks demanded centralization and professionalisation of their care. Decision-making powers and management authority were vested in municipal governments and professional park managers.

With the popularisation of the concept of sustainable development in the late 1980s, Grow Riversideplanners saw the need for community involvement. They began to experiment with green space policies that explicitly seek to integrate social, economic, and ecological concerns in urban environments, recognizing and incorporating interstitial, raw, or ‘feral’ lands into park creation and protection. Such places, including the street trees and other vegetation that characterize these spaces, are important for meeting the community and ecosystem needs of low income urban neighbourhoods that do not have large expanses of undeveloped land or existing parks. These shifts in the conceptualisation of urban nature and human roles in it have, to some extent, created openings for the return of productive practices such as farming, horticulture and bee-keeping to public green spaces. However, urban foraging has received little attention in by planners of urban green spaces

Today, foragers in this unique study In Baltimore, Seattle, NYC and Philadelphia ranged from less than 5 years in Baltimore to more than 80 years in Seattle.  Income levels varied widely ranging from less than US$10,000 to more than US$250,000 and ethnic and racial diversity is common.  Foraged products consisted of whole plants (or fungi) or were derived from a variety of native and non-native species, above- and below-ground parts: bark, flowers, fruit, leaves, roots, stems, etc. Prominent among the non-native species are many edible fruit and nut species including common apple (Malus domestica), Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima), European or sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), European plum (Prunus domestica), and European pear (Pyrus communis). Edibles, including berries, fruits, nuts, greens, and young shoots, were by far the most frequently mentioned type of product in each study site.

In some cases, foragers’ ethnicity and/or place of origin appear to condition which products are foraged. For example, Chinese immigrants sought ginkgo nuts (G. biloba) in Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia; African-Americans in Baltimore and Philadelphia foraged young pokeweed shoots (Phytolacca americana); and American Indians in Seattle harvested evergreen huckleberries (Vaccinium ovatum) and nettle leaves (Urtica dioica). Managers in the Philly II study also describe talking with foragers of Italian, Hispanic, and Eastern European origin, many seeking prized species for family recipes (e.g. morel mushrooms (Morchella  spp.) and greens common in Europe) or carrying on traditions of foraging practised in their sending countries (e.g. harvesting mushrooms).

Most conservation practitioners interviewed in these studies had a negative or, at best, ambivalent view about the desirability of allowing or encouraging foraging, particularly in parks or natural areas. Of the four cities, Seattle and Philadelphia are the furthest along in rethinking the role of foraging in urban green spaces. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is actively seeking to rehabilitate former apple orchards in city parks, trees that it had neglected for decades. In 2012, the city approved the establishment of an experimental food forest in a neighbourhood park, and the Parks and Recreation Department recently updated its regulations to permit foraging, provided that quantities harvested are small. Philadelphia has followed a similar path and is supporting efforts by the non-profit organisation, Philadelphia Orchard Project, to establish public orchards in sites throughout the city, including revitalization of the Woodford Orchard in East Fairmont Park. The re-establishment of fruit picking in Fairmont Park brings the city back full circle to the late 1800s, when the park’s commissioners welcomed thousands of school children every Nutting Day, a local holiday at the time, to the park to harvest chestnuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts (Gabriel 2011). At the same time, Philadelphia seems quite hesitant to expand foraging beyond these forms of agricultural produce harvesting, with other types of foraging prohibited on park lands.

Published today, these exploratory studies point to the importance for planners, managers and scholars to understand urban green spaces as not only providers of services, but also providers of material products.

Free access is currently available to ‘Gathering “wild” food in the city: rethinking the role of foraging in urban ecosystem planning and management’ by Rebecca J. McLain, Patrick T. Hurley, Marla R. Emery and Melissa R. Poe at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2013.841659 which features in a Special Issue of Local Environment.


Grow Riverside Community Events

Kick Off at 8.a.m.

Volunteers for trash pick up and weeding sign in and pick up your tools.

We’ve got a mega load of mulch arriving courtesy of Tim at Burrtec Industries.  We’re going to apply it where needed. Nice to see some of what we send them coming back to our gardens.

UNA University Neighborhood News January 18, 2014
You Should Know . . .
Grow Riverside Is Underway.

We have set up a promo code for our loyal readers to receive an additional 20% off the ticket price. Use promo code: GrowRiversideFriend when registering at http://growriverside.eventbrite.com

Wildlife Is Part of The Neighborhood

(01/10/14) at about 3:30pm, a possible mountain lion or bobcat sighting occurred in the field to the rear of the UCR Materials Science & Engineering Building.  UCPD responded and was unable to locate the animal. According to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, mountain lions are typically quiet, solitary and usually avoid people.

UNA Working Group Digging Deeper Into Best Practices
Neighbors, City Staff, Students began in depth inquiry. Source material below.

26 in 26:  A Neighbor Designed Neighborhood Plan
Introduction at February UNA Meeting.
What Do You Love About the Neighborhood?
Community Garden Council
There are many exciting initiatives related to gardening on the horizon (one being the GrowRiverside Conference – details below). We look forward to gathering to hear about what is happening with each of the respective gardens/sustainability groups each of you are involved with.

Our monthly meeting was suppose to be happening this upcoming Monday, but it was decided at the last garden council meeting to reschedule since several people are involved in activities to honor Dr. King this Monday. One  of those activities being the 3rd Annual MLK Jr. Day of Service being hosted by Arlanza Community Garden (for more details, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/735272693157495/)

WHEN:  Monday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: RCC Alumni House located at 3564 Ramona Drive, Riverside 92506
In addition to the typical round table sharing out, FEATURED SPEAKERS at our next meeting will be Harmony Wolf with the Tequesquite Community Garden and Fortino Morales with the UCR Community Garden. They will be discussing their thoughts regarding the possibility of creating a garden coordinator role through Americorps.  Your input will be greatly appreciated.
Please let me know if you would like to be added to the agenda or if you have an event happening before our next meeting that you would like to share with the group.
Jessie Fuller
6:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
3431 Mt Vernon Rd
Riverside, CA 92507
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Scientist Farmer Blows Lid Off Secret Food and Soil Impacts

Scientist Farmer Howard Vlieger  

How much do you know about the food you eat? What about gardening & lawn care?

Sunday, January 19, internationally recognized speaker Howard Vlieger addresses these questions, drawing from his insights and experiences. A third generation farmer and “student of the soil”, Vlieger shares his hands-on knowledge of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and its chemical partner glyphosate. He will discuss the impacts of these two on soil, crops, animals eating the crops, and human health. Genetic engineering and the resulting genetically modified organisms have huge implications for every aspect of their use. Howard is co-author of a first-of-its-kind scientific study on the effects of feeding non-GMO and GMO grains to hogs for their lifetime as meat animals.

Surprise guests Brett and Dave Wilcox are a father-son team from Huntington Beach, www.runningthecountry.com , passing through Riverside on their journey for

a GMO-Free USA!


WHERE: Universalist-Unitarian Church of Riverside, 3525 Mission Inn Boulevard, Riverside, CA

DATE: January 19, 2013

TIME: 2:00 pm. Formal program starts at 2:30 pm.

Includes Q&A and non-GMO refreshments

HOSTS: Co-sponsored by UUCR’s Green Sanctuary and Label GMOs IE.

FOR MORE INFO: Call Siri Khalsa at Nutrition News, 951.784.7500.