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Seedstock Sustainable Ag Conference’s Urban Farm Field Trip to Tour Diverse Local Food Operations in Los Angeles

Seedstock Sustainable Ag Conference’s Urban Farm Field Trip to Tour Diverse Local Food Operations in Los Angeles

August 21, 2014 |

reintegrate agriculture urban logoAttendees of Seedstock’s 3rd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference will get a sneak peak at Los Angeles’ first multi-faceted food production business incubator for local entrepreneurs along with a tour of a blossoming 1.5-acre high school campus urban farming operation in Pasadena and a visit to a shipping container farm in the L.A. Art District.

The field trip, an excursion into the wide-ranging diversity of sustainable urban agriculture, will kick off Seedstock’s “Reintegrating Ag: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities” two-day event on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

In the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles, a former 56,000-square-foot industrial building is undergoing major renovations to ultimately house L.A. Prep, an accelerator for small food producers who have outgrown their startup spaces. The project, which broke ground this summer, will have its first tenants taking occupancy in early 2015.

“L.A. Prep will deliver space, community and a suite of services for small food business unlike anywhere else in the country,” said L.A. Prep partner and Food Centricity CEO Michel Algazi. “Food Centricity, a business accelerator focused on early and growth stage food companies, will provide business support and other key services to help tenants succeed.”

The space also will serve as home to L.A. Kitchen, the vision of Robert Egger, founder of D.C. Central Kitchen, a similar nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. Since its founding 25 years ago, D.C. Kitchen has prepared more than 25 million meals for low-income and at-risk individuals. L.A. Kitchen will serve a wide cross section of programs, emphasizing partnerships that support senior centers, after-school programs and drug treatment facilities.

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Ten miles northeast of Lincoln Heights, in Pasadena, the efforts of a dedicated team of volunteer teachers and students to grow, distribute and cook healthy foods have come to fruition. Three years ago, the John Muir High School agricultural group began converting a portion of their campus into an urban farm. Today, teens can complete community service or internship graduation requirements by enrolling in classes at Muir Ranch. There they grow a variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit that are included in weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes as well as school cafeteria lunches.

The third stop on the field trip will be to The Container Yard, a mixed-use creative space available for special events, retail sales, filming, and home to one of the few container farms in the United States. Equipped with a hydroponic system, the high-volume crop production unit made from an upcycled shipping container enables the farmers to grow and supply unique agricultural products for local restaurants and farmers markets.

“The innovation demonstrated by L.A. Prep, Muir Ranch and The Container Yard brings sustainable urban agriculture to a new level,” stated Seedstock co-founder Robert Puro. “They are remarkable examples of responding to societal needs via unfettered creativity. Each offers support, sustenance and hope where once there existed a void.”

On Day 2 (Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014) of the conference, attendees will convene at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles for a series of panels and breakout sessions that will address the definition, economic impact, role, long-term benefits, challenges, and solutions associated with the development of a vigorous local food system. Program presenters will explore the reintegration of agriculture into cities, the commercial potential of controlled environment agriculture – from hydroponics to aquaponics, policy to bolster local food systems, how local food production can break through the industrial agriculture model, financing local agriculture entrepreneurship and more.

The deadline to purchase tickets at the “early bird” rate ends Wednesday, September 10. For additional information pertaining to the event, ticket prices, program speakers, and registration, please visit:

Confirmed Speakers:

A.G. Kawamura – Former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and Co-chair of the Solutions from the Land Dialogue
Michel Algazi – Chairman and CEO of Freshology and founder of Food Centricity
Mud Baron – Project Director at Muir Ranch
Erik Cutter – Managing Director of Alegria Fresh
Clare Fox – Director of Policy and Innovation, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council
Erik Oberholzer – Co-founder of Tender Greens
Dan Allen – CEO of Farmscape
Dwight Detter – Local Forager for Whole Foods Market
Kimberly Kessler – Policy and Special Programs Director, Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy
John Mesko – Executive Director of the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota
Robert Egger – Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen
Rickey Smith – Founder of Urban Green
Sasha Kanno – Founder of Long Beach Local and Farm Lot 59
Rob Trice – Founder of Better Food Ventures and Co-founder of The Mixing Bowl
Nurit Katz – Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA
David Rosenstein – Founder of EVO Farm and Chairman of the Aquaponics Association – Western Region

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