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Seedstock’s “Grow Riverside” Sustainable Agriculture Conference Enhances Event with Nationally Known Experts

February 26, 2014 |

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Spearheading the movement to assist cities develop more urban sustainable farming within their environs, the “Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond!” conference continues to expand its stellar program lineup with notable authorities in resource management, agricultural growth strategies and public policy. The March 19-20 event presented by Seedstock in partnership with the City and Community of Riverside will be held at the Riverside Convention Center.

Appearing as opening night keynote is Richard Conlin, who created Seattle’s local food initiative while serving as a City Councilmember. Conlin will talk about how to develop and establish urban sustainable agricultural policies – from land-use to funding efforts.

“Local food policy is a key element in creating environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and improved public health,” Conlin said. “I hope my experience can help provide guidance on how to put this into practice.” Read More

California Small Farm Conference Announces Talks and Workshops to Address Drought Management for Small Farms

February 24, 2014 |

Press Release — ROHNERT PARK, CA – The California Small Farm Conference, the state’s premier gathering of small-scale farmers and ranchers, farmers market managers and others involved in the small farm community, announced today its line-up of workshops and talks to address managing and minimizing drought impacts for small farmers and ranchers.

Sandra Schubert, Undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will speak at the Conference on Monday, March 10th, during the Networking Lunch and address strategies and the many resources available to small farmers and ranchers relating to drought management. Read More

Congressman Mark Takano to Address Seedstock’s “Grow Riverside” Sustainable Agriculture Conference

February 6, 2014 |

Congressman TakanoPress Release – Seedstock today announced Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) as the opening day luncheon speaker for the “Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond!” conference. The March 19-20 event, to be held at the Riverside Convention Center, will assist cities in examining and developing solutions to reconnect with their agricultural roots as well as evaluate potential economic and public health benefits of sustainable urban agriculture.

Representative Takano presently serves on the House Veterans’ Affairs and the Science, Space and Technology committees. Prior to being elected to Congress, Takano spent 23 years as a high school teacher in the Inland Empire and more than 20 years on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees. The Congressman, an advocate of “slow food” – an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986 – will share his perspective on this fast food alternative and the quest to preserve traditional and regional cuisine through the farming of plants and seeds characteristic of the local ecosystem.

“The progressive sustainable urban farming innovations to be presented at this event will prove an invaluable asset to Riverside and its environs,” said Congressman Takano. “I am greatly impressed with the forward-thinking leaders of this historically rich agricultural region and look forward to witnessing the future success of the collaborations that are certain to be generated as a result of the Grow Riverside conference.” Read More

Seedstock “Grow Riverside” Conference to Provide Template for Cities Developing Urban Sustainable Agriculture

December 11, 2013 |

grow-riverside-header-v1-r2If you are an elected official, county supervisor, council member, city manager, planning director, community development director or finance director looking to bring the budding concept of local sustainable agriculture to your community, “Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond!” is the conference to attend!

The event, to be held at the Riverside Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-20, 2014, will feature keynote speakers Dr. Glenda Humiston, California director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and Val Dolcini, California executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. Read More

Food Leaders to Gather Dec. 15 at ‘EatingLA Food Fair and Forum’ to Create Plan for Local Food System in L.A.

December 9, 2013 |

eatingLA food fairNews Release — LOS ANGELES, December 9, 2013 — Prominent food leaders from across the Los Angeles region will gather on December 15 at the inaugural EatingLA Food Fair and Forum to create a plan for a local food system. The spectrum of panelists includes urban gardeners, permaculturists, gleaners, foragers, restauranteurs, chefs, food truck advocates, urban planners and food policy experts. The event will also include a family-friendly holiday artisanal food market with cooking demonstrations and a film screening. The EatingLA Food Fair and Forum will take place on Sunday, December 15, from 12-5PM at the EarthWE Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, and is a collaboration between Homemade1616, EarthWE, Project Butterfly, and Rhyzotek. Read More

Seedstock “Grow Riverside” Conference to Examine Economic, Community Benefits of Local Urban Agriculture

November 21, 2013 |

grow riverside 300News 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.” Read More

Houweling’s Combined Heat and Power Project is California’s First to Qualify for Assembly Bill 1613

November 2, 2013 |
The GE J624 Two-Stage Turbocharged Gas Engine at Houweling's supplies power and heat to the company's greenhouse providing both lower carbon dioxide emissions and increased overall efficiency of over 90 Percent

The GE J624 Two-Stage Turbocharged Gas Engine at Houweling’s supplies power and heat to the company’s greenhouse providing both lower carbon dioxide emissions and increased overall efficiency of over 90 Percent

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. Read More

With Focus on Food System Challenges, Largest Student Competition on Agriculture in the World Launches

October 2, 2013 |

ag innovation prizeNews 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. Read More