The 4th Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Innovation and the Rise of Local Food will explore solutions and methodologies that small farmers and entrepreneurs are embracing to grow more sustainably, improve access to fresh and healthy local food and manage resources more efficiently against the dueling backdrop of a lingering drought and burgeoning local food marketplace.
Slated for Tuesday, November 3 (Farm Field Trip) and Wednesday (Conference Day), November 4, 2015, the event will explore, among other topics, how small farmers are embracing technology to grow food more sustainably, new business creation, water management, urban farming, food access and more.
November 3 (Day 1): Future Farm Field Trip - Limited Spots Available
The first day of the event offers a Future Farm Field Trip. Participants will have the opportunity to tour a diversity of farms in San Diego County from indoor hydroponic operations to urban farms that are utilizing innovative growing systems and business models to grow the local food marketplace in SoCal. Participants will be treated to lectures and sessions that examine farm operations that are embracing innovative supply chain models to both increase food security and take advantage of the growing market demand for local food.
Stops on the tour thus far include:
Seeds@City Urban Farm - a one-acre working farm located in the heart of downtown San Diego that serves as the outdoor classroom for the Sustainable Urban Agriculture program at San Diego City College. We train young, urban farmers while growing nutritious food for our community, encouraging self-reliance and a thriving local economy.
Sundial Farm - Sundial Farm is a family-owned farm that utilizes state-of-the-art hydroponic systems to produce high quality, organic leafy greens, including Arugula, Basil, Butter Leaf, Kale and Romaine. Sundial Farm began as an idea to grow fresh, healthy produce in the family's orchid nursery in north San Diego. Sundial Farm chose hydroponic growing methods because of the imperative need for water conservation in Southern California.
Home Town Farms - a three-acre indoor vertical farming operation in San Marcos, CA that grows certified organic crops as diverse as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, and strawberries. The farm is capable of producing more than 1.5 million pounds of produce each year. Home Town Farm's growing technologies work above ground and are not dependent on existing ground soil, allowing the farm to make use of a variety of spaces for food production.
The Leichtag Property – The Leichtag Property is the former home of Ecke Ranch floriculture business. Zoned for agricultural use, the Property is 67 1/2 acres in the heart of Encinitas with 850,000 square feet of greenhouses.
November 4 (Day 2): 4th Annual Seedstock Sustainable Ag Conference Day
Attendees will convene at the Beyster Auditorium at the Rady School of Management in San Diego for a series of panels and keynotes that will address the economic impact of a burgeoning and diverse small farm economy that is embracing innovation, sustainability and community to take advantage of growing local food marketplace in cities and counties across the country.
Conference presenters will explore the following:
- The Economic, Environmental and Community Benefits of Small Farming
- Indoor Agriculture and the Expansion of the Local Food Marketplace
- Innovative Business Models to Exploit Local Food Demand
- Urban Farming and Local Food Access
- Water Management
- and more!
A Farm-to-table Lunch will be provided by sponsor Tender Greens
Confirmed Speakers: Bob Harrington - President of Specialty Produce; Lucy Norris - Director of the Regional Food Systems Program at Ag Innovations; Lauren Blacker - Sodexo District Manager for Sharp HealthCare; Milan Kluko - Founder and President at Green Spirit Farms; Ed Glebus - Associate Director and Executive Chef for SDSU Dining; Pierre Sleiman - Founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture; Gus Schumacher - Founding Board Chair and Vice President of Wholesome Wave; Tarek Hijazi - Director of Agriculture and Regulatory Affairs at Sundial Farm; Dan Gibbs - CEO of Home Town Farms; Daron "Farmer D" Joffe - Director of Agricultural Innovation at Leichtag Foundation; Erik Oberholtzer - Co-founder of Tender Greens; Amy McCann - Co-founder and CEO of Local Food Marketplace; Robert Tse - State Broadband Coordinator for USDA CA-Rural Development; Anchi Mei - Senior Program Manager at International Rescue Committee (IRC); Damian Valdez - Farmer at Seeds@City Urban Farm; N. Diane Moss - Executive Director of Project New Village; and more!
Refund Policy: Cancellations at least four weeks prior to the conference (prior to October 4, 2015) will receive a full refund. You will receive 50% of your initial payment if your refund is requested between October 5 - October 25, 2015. There will be no refund issued if cancellation occurs after October 26, 2015.
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