Category Archives: Food

Building Riverside’s Local Food Future

Wear Your Stretchy Pants!  Join Us In Building Riverside’s Local Food Future

Showcasing the Bounty of Locally-Grown Fruits and Vegetables

Grow Riverside Community Dinner RUSD KitchenMeet Chef Ryan Douglas. His accomplishments have been admired on several levels including commendation from First Lady Michelle Obama and an invitation to help launch the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative. Chef Ryan is the culinary ambassador and professional expert chef for the FRESH Meals @ Schools project administered by the California Department of Agriculture.

Saturday evening’s locally-sourced menu will be specially prepared by RUSD’s Executive Chef Ryan Douglas and staff. As Executive Chef, Douglas creates fun, fresh menus to positively impact the health and well-being of the 43,000+ students across the district. With more than 30 years of experience in institutional cooking, kitchen management, and senior administration, Chef Ryan’s expertise in culinary arts and nutrition provides inspiration to recipe platforms showcasing the bounty of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Enjoy a delicious sampling of the locally-sourced talents at this Saturday’s Dinner in the KITCHEN from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. This is a farm-to-fork meal you do not want to miss (and come wearing your stretchy pants)!

Tickets for Dinner in the KITCHEN are available HERE.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet for the 3rd Annual GrowRIVERSIDE Conference: Cultivating Our Future, it’s not too late to catch the early bird special!  Learn more


Dinner In The Kitchen

Dinner In The Kichen

RUSD Central Kitchen Food MasteryEnjoy an evening of friends, entertainment, fabulous locally-sourced food and mocktails at Riverside Unified School District’s Central Kitchen on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Keeping aligned with the GrowRIVERSIDE initiative, the evening will connect those working together to strengthen our community for a sustainable future!

Check out upcoming Grow Riverside 2016 events

Community Gathering Feb. 24th – A preview of Grow Riverside 2016.

Community Gathering Mar 4th – A Grower’s Forum

Grow Riverside Conference Mar 21

Citrus Circle Dinner – Mar 21

Farm Tour – Mar 22

Riverside Green Fest and Summit – April 23

Join The Riverside Food Co Op

Like the Riverside Food Systems Alliance

No Farms No Food

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Take the No Farms No Food bumper sticker Challenge!

No Farms No Food LogoForward this email to 10 friends and encourage them to order their free No Farms No Food bumper sticker to display their support of family farmers and saving farmland.

After you’ve sent your 10 emails, post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram about your free bumper sticker using the #NoFarmsNoFood hashtag. Tag us so we can like your status!

With your help, we can spread the No Farms No Food message and American Farmland Trust’s mission to protect farmland, promote sound farming practices, and keep farmers on the land.


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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 ( or the eventbrite page:

Thank you for your help!

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?