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We want to make sure that you know about the inaugural Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond! conference – http://growriverside.com, which will focus on the development of urban agriculture strategies and solutions that cities can use to reconnect with their agricultural roots and create economic opportunities that investors, citizens, growers, government officials and other major stakeholders can leverage to foster a robust and sustainable local food future. The event will be held at the Riverside Convention Center on March 19 – 20, 2014 in partnership with the City and Community of Riverside.
PRESENTED in partnership with the City and Community of Riverside by SEEDSTOCK, a social venture that fosters the development of robust and sustainable local food systems through the use of a variety of tools, including the news and information blog seedstock.com, live events and consulting services.
The event will feature a broad lineup of speakers ranging from urban agriculture entrepreneurs, USDA representatives from the Farm Service Agency, Rural Development program and Natural Resources Conservation Service to investors, funding and policy experts, sustainable farmers and aquaponics practitioners and buyers and distributors of local produce; and will cover a variety of topics, including: Local Agriculture Grow Strategies, Urban Agriculture Policy, The Market Opportunity for Urban Agriculture, Innovative and Economically Viable Small-scale Agriculture Solutions and more!
For a limited time, we would like to offer COMPLIMENTARY tickets to Students; simply enter the promo code – GrowRiversideUCLA here when making your purchase: http://growriverside.eventbrite.com
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Dr. Glenda Humiston – California State Director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
Paula Daniels – Founder of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council
David Rosenstein – Founder of EVO Farm and Chair of the Aquaponics Association – Western Region
Leah Di Bernardo – Co-leader of Slow Food Temecula Valley and Exec. Chef & Founder of E.A.T. Extraordinary Artisan Table
Fortino Morales III – Community Garden Coordinator at University of California, Riverside
Pierre Sleiman – Founder of Go Green Agriculture
Milt McGiffen – Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist & Plant Physiologist
Mark Hoddle – Director, Center for Invasive Species at UC Riverside
Bob Knight – Founder of Inland Orange Conservancy and Old Grove Orange, Inc.
Don Webber – Partner, Cultivating Good, Inc. and Owner of Harvest 2U
Val Dolcini – State Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Representative Mark Takano – California’s 41st Congressional District
Etaferahu Takele – County Director/Area Advisor Farm Management/Agricultural Economics
Rodney K. Taylor – Director of Nutrition Services, for the Riverside Unified School District
Gabriel Ruiz – Unity Farm
Rickey Smith – Founder of Urban Green
Noah Fulmer – Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Rick Pruetz (FAICP) – Founder of Planning & Implementation Strategies
Curt Covington – Managing Director, Agribusiness Banking Division for Bank of the West
Gregg Warren – American AgCredit
Erika Block – Local Orbit
Robert Hewitt – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Clay Monroe – Principal Account Manager for the City of Riverside Public Utilities Department
. . . And more!