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LAST DAY to Purchase Discounted Early Bird Tickets for Seedstock’s ‘Future of Urban Food Systems’ Conference

September 16, 2016 |

early bird registrationToday is the LAST DAY to obtain Early Bird discounted registration tickets for the upcoming Grow Local OC: Future of Urban Food Systems Conference presented by Seedstock in partnership with the OC Food Access Coalition. Scheduled for Nov. 10 – 11, 2016, at California State University, Fullerton (Hosted by U-ACRE), the conference will explore the community and economic development potential of fostering local food systems in cities. Read More

Seedstock’s ‘Grow Local OC’ Conference Nears Discounted Early Bird Registration Deadline

September 9, 2016 |

early bird registrationLess than ONE week remains to obtain Early Bird discounted registration tickets for Seedstock’s upcoming Grow Local OC: Future of Urban Food Systems Conference presented in partnership with the OC Food Access Coalition. Scheduled for Nov. 10 – 11, 2016, at California State University, Fullerton (Hosted by U-ACRE), the conference will explore the community and economic development potential of fostering local food systems in cities. Read More

Urban and Indoor Farms to Highlight Seedstock Conference’s “Future Farm Field Trip”

August 29, 2016 |
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The Grow Local OC Conference field trip will stop at, from top left to right: Alegria Farm, Future Foods Farms, The Riverbed, and Urban Produce LLC.

The Grow Local OC: Future of Urban Food Systems Conference presented by Seedstock in partnership with the OC Food Access Coalition, and scheduled for Nov. 10 – 11, 2016, at California State University, Fullerton, will explore the community and economic development potential of fostering local food systems in cities.

The Future Farm Field Trip on Day 2 (Nov. 11) of the conference offers an excursion into the diversity of urban and state-of-the-art hydroponic and aquaponic agriculture operations in Orange County. Tour participants will be treated to lectures and sessions from pioneering farmers who are embracing innovative business models and growing systems to both increase food security and take advantage of the escalating demand for local food. Read More

Diversification, Organic Growing, and Savvy Enable Family to Save Farm and Prosper

May 26, 2016 |
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Hassan and Deborah Ghamlouch, along with their two sons, Zachary and Jacob, run The Grove, an organic family farm in Riverside, CA. (photo courtesy Hassan Ghamlouch/The Grove)

The Grove, a diversified and certified-organic family farm in Riverside, CA used to grow only citrus fruit and avocados. But in order to survive a changing market, it has diversified to include a wide array of organic produce.

Hassan Ghamlouch and his wife, Deborah, have operated The Grove for more than 13 years. Their sons Zachary and Jacob are also key contributors to the operation.

The farm has been in the family for four generations, dating back to the late nineteenth century when it primarily produced navel oranges. When Deborah’s parents wanted to sell the farm in the early 2000s, she and Hassan decided to purchase it and take over. They based their decision partly on the fact that The Grove’s orange trees are part of the original rootstock planted well over 100 years ago.

But Hassan and Deborah knew that if they wanted to keep the farm in their family, drastic changes were inevitable and necessary. Read More

Local Food Systems Development

May 12, 2016 |

Building local food systems is very complicated. There’s land use policy to consider, economic incentives and disincentives to comprehend, numerous complex pieces to connect within the supply chain. Additionally, you probably have neither the time nor the resources … Read More