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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

Focus on Rebuilding Regional Grain Economy at Kneading Conference in Maine

July 30, 2013 |
Barak Olins teaches a class on baking with rye at the Kneading Conference.

Barak Olins teaches a class on baking with rye at the Kneading Conference. Photo credit: Amy Halloran.

“We organized the first conference in 6 months around our dining room tables, and 75 people came,” said Amber Lambke, welcoming 250 people at the fairgrounds in Skowhegan, Maine for the 7th Kneading Conference. “We knew we needed to talk about rebuilding a regional grain economy.”

The “we” included masons, bakers, chef, and community members – people who realized that farmers, bakers, millers and oven makers have to talk about their overlapping interests. 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