Only 1 WEEK remains to obtain tickets at for Seedstock’s urban ag-focused “Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond!” conference. The event, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-20, at the Riverside Convention Center, will focus on the development of urban agriculture strategies and solutions that cities, Riverside in this particular case, can use to reconnect with their agricultural roots and create economic opportunities that citizens, growers, advocates, government officials and other major stakeholders can leverage to foster a robust and sustainable local food future.
PRESENTED in partnership with the City and Community of Riverside by Seedstock, a social venture that fosters the development of robust and sustainable local food systems through the use of a variety of tools, including the news and information blog seedstock.com, live events and consulting services.
The event will feature a broad lineup of speakers ranging from urban agriculture entrepreneurs, USDA representatives from the Farm Service Agency, Rural Development program and Natural Resources Conservation Service to investors, funding and policy experts, sustainable farmers and aquaponics practitioners and buyers and distributors of local produce; and will cover a variety of topics, including: Local Agriculture Grow Strategies, Urban Agriculture Policy, The Market Opportunity for Urban Agriculture, Innovative and Economically Viable Small-scale Agriculture Solutions and more!
Register now to learn from and interact with sustainable and urban farming experts:
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Richard Conlin – Former Seattle City Councilman and Creator of Seattle’s ‘Local Food Action Initiative’
Curt Covington – Managing Director, Agribusiness Banking Division for Bank of the West
Don Nishiguchi – Regional Local Produce Buyer, Southern Pacific Region for Whole Foods Market
Pierre Sleiman – Founder of Go Green Agriculture
Val Dolcini – State Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Representative Mark Takano – California’s 41st Congressional District
Rickey Smith – Founder of Urban Green
Martin Anenberg – Founder of So Cal Farm Network
David Rosenstein – Founder of EVO Farm and Chair of the Aquaponics Association – Western Region
Ronaldo Fierro – Owner, Salted Pig and W. Wolfskill
Colin and Karen Archipley – Founders of Archi’s Acres and the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program (VSAT)
Dr. Glenda Humiston – California State Director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
Etaferahu Takele – County Director/Area Advisor Farm Management/Agricultural Economics
Leah Di Bernardo – Co-leader of Slow Food Temecula Valley and Exec. Chef & Founder of E.A.T. Extraordinary Artisan Table
Gregg Warren – American AgCredit
Rodney K. Taylor – Director of Nutrition Services, for the Riverside Unified School District
Gabriel Ruiz – Unity Farm
Clay Monroe – Principal Account Manager for the City of Riverside Public Utilities Department
Milt McGiffen – Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist & Plant Physiologist
Mark Hoddle – Director, Center for Invasive Species at UC Riverside
Bob Knight – Founder of Inland Orange Conservancy and Old Grove Orange, Inc.
Fortino Morales III – Community Garden Coordinator at University of California, Riverside
Don Webber – Partner, Cultivating Good, Inc. and Owner of Harvest 2U
Erika Block – Local Orbit
John Gless – Gless Ranch
Robert Hewitt – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
. . . And more!
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