Seedstock “Grow Riverside” Conference to Examine Economic, Community Benefits of Local Urban AgricultureNovember 21, 2013 | seedstock
News Release: Riverside, CA – November 21, 2013 – Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond!, slated for Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-20, 2014, will reconnect the City of Riverside to its agricultural roots as well as provide a template for other cities interested in identifying the economic and community advantages of local sustainable farming.
The objectives of the conference, to be held at the Riverside Convention Center, will define opportunities for food production within Riverside’s environs, explore solutions to sustainably increase local food in an economically viable manner, and develop practical next steps to leverage the area’s rich agricultural assets.
“One of society’s burgeoning challenges is the need to establish local, sustainable food sources,” said Seedstock co-founder and Grow Riverside event organizer, Robert Puro. “The conference seeks to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable agriculture by uniting citizens, growers, advocates, government officials, and other major stakeholders to forge new partnerships and, ultimately, develop creative solutions to building and expanding local urban agriculture.”
News Release – Since officially unveiling an 8.8 megawatt Combined Heat and Power (CHP) onsite energy project in August 2012, Houweling’s Tomatoes of Camarillo, CA has increased its onsite power generation capacity to 13.2 megawatts. As of November 1st, Houweling’s will be the first CHP installation to meet the requirements for participation in California Assembly Bill 1613.
AB 1613, began with a 2005 California Energy Commission (CEC) study investigating the CHP market and policy options for increased penetration in California. The result was the 2007 Waste Heat and Carbon Emissions Reduction Act, commonly referred to as AB 1613. This program operates under strict criteria designed to reduce waste energy, meet a minimum efficiency of 60%, and reach NOx emissions of no more than 0.07 pounds per megawatt-hour. Ultimately it provides qualifying projects a favorable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the state utilities.
With Focus on Food System Challenges, Largest Student Competition on Agriculture in the World LaunchesOctober 2, 2013 | seedstock
News Release – Washington, DC – October 2, 2013 – At the World Bank this afternoon, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced the launch of the 2014 Agricultural Innovation Prize. In collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the competition is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines. The program runs through spring 2014, when teams will compete for the chance to win a grand prize of $100,000. At over $200,000 in total cash awards, this is the largest student-focused competition on agriculture in the world.
LOS ANGELES, CA, September 17 — Even the most discriminating connoisseurs craving sustainable farming knowledge are certain to be more than satisfied with the informative bill of fare offered at the 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future.
The Seedstock annual conference is a comprehensive, expert-filled program filled with up-to-the-minute information about how to be successful in starting or expanding a sustainable and/or urban farming operation. As featured on CNBC, the Seedstock annual conference is one of the few events in the country that bring together farmers, entrepreneurs, financiers, suppliers, distributors, restaurant owners and others in the sustainable agriculture industry.
Seedstock 2nd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference Nears Discounted Registration DeadlineAugust 26, 2013 | seedstock
LOS ANGELES, CA — News Release — Only one week remains to obtain discounted registration for the 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5-6, 2013.
The first day of the event offers a Sustainable Farm Field Trip that includes tours of urban agriculture operations, large-scale hydroponic and field farms, and will give participants a unique opportunity to closely examine successful sustainable farming in Southern California.
UCLA Student Researchers Complete First Comprehensive Look at Urban Agriculture in Los Angeles CountyAugust 16, 2013 | seedstock
While farming has long been the domain of rural landscapes, increasing interest in the local-food movement, healthy eating and sustainable cities has sparked the growth of farming in urban environments. The new report, “Cultivate L.A.: An Assessment of Urban Agriculture in L.A. County,” is intended to aid city planners as they learn how to accommodate these new land uses in the nation’s most populous county.
TUCSON, AZ – News Release – With U.S. society challenged by the increasing needs for locally-grown healthy food, water conservation in drought-like conditions across the Southern and Western U.S., and the global need to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, aquaponics becomes increasingly important.
Aquaponics is the productive practice of combined fish and plant growing, which uses a percentage of the water and energy that is consumed in conventional soil-based agriculture.
To educate the general public about best practices for setting up home-based systems or larger commercial-scale aquaponic farms, the national Aquaponics Association will host three days of presentations and tours of small and large-scale operations at the 2013 Aquaponics Association Conference at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona from September 20-22, 2013.
LOS ANGELES, CA- The 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future will kick-off its two-day event on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 with a field trip featuring visits to a number of Southern California sustainable farming operations including McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo.
Known for its impeccable strawberries, McGrath Family Farm sits on a 30-acre parcel of the Oxnard Plains and will be one of three stops on Seedstock’s tour of sustainable farms. Owner-operator, Phil McGrath, is a fourth-generation Southern California farmer whose great-grandfather, an Irish sheep farmer, first acquired the farmland back in 1868.