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Seedstock 2nd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference Nears Discounted Registration Deadline

August 26, 2013 |

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. Read More

UCLA Student Researchers Complete First Comprehensive Look at Urban Agriculture in Los Angeles County

August 16, 2013 |

urban agricultureNews Release – A group of graduate students in urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs has created the first comprehensive picture of urban agriculture in Los Angeles County.

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. Read More

2013 Aquaponics Conference Highlights Technology in Tucson, AZ from September 20-22

August 6, 2013 |
Photo Credit: Green Acre Aquaponics

Photo Credit: Green Acre Aquaponics

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. Read More

Seedstock 2nd Annual Sustainable Ag Conference to Kick Off with Sustainable Farms Field Trip

July 31, 2013 |
Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farm. Photo: George Simian.

Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farm. Photo: George Simian.

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. Read More

Seedstock Names “Farm Fresh To You” CEO as Sustainable Agriculture Conference Keynote Speaker

July 8, 2013 |
Thaddeus Barsotti of Farm Fresh To You

Thaddeus Barsotti of Farm Fresh To You

LOS ANGELES, CA – Seedstock today announced that Thaddeus Barsotti, co-CEO of Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic, will deliver the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future. The program, to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5-6, 2013, will explore solutions and business models with the potential to assist local producers in increasing their presence in the supply chain.

Born on his family’s Sacramento-area farm, one of the first in Yolo County to be certified organic, Barsotti grew up imbued with the philosophy of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). He holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and, as the company’s chief farmer, heads up farm management in growing and maintaining over 60 types (130 varieties) of fruit and vegetable crops on the company’s farm operations in Capay Valley and Imperial and Ventura counties. Read More