Seedstock 2014 Field Trip Explores LA’s Diverse Urban Agriculture Scene
November 12, 2014 | Nina Ignaczak
Urban agriculturists and sustainable food enthusiasts toured across the Los Angeles metropolitan area Tuesday, the first day of Seedstock’s Reintegrating Agriculture conference, visiting a broad array of urban agriculture taking root in the city
First stop: The rooftop of the Jonathan Club, where the venerable old private social club has installed a rooftop farm in partnership with Farmscape to supply its restaurant. Visitors were treated to a variety of pastries and fruit drinks derived from ingredients grown right on the rooftop.
Second stop: Muir Ranch, a 1.5-acre High School Urban Garden, where visitors were treated to a presentation by farmer Mud Baron on the how the farm is helping to educate students and fight pernicious poverty in Pasadena.
Participants enjoyed a delicious farm-to-table lunch of kale and quinoa salads at Muir Ranch, sponsored by Veggie Grill, amidst flowers picked from the farm.
Third stop: L.A. Prep, where participants were treated by Freshology and Food Centricity founder Michel Algazi to a sneak peek of the now under-construction L.A. Prep food production business incubator, which will also be home to LA Kitchen.
Last stop: The Container Yard in LA’s arts district, where Brandon Powell gave a tour of the aquaponic shipping container farm on-site.