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Seedstock ‘Future of Food – Urban Ag Field Trip’

January 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Slated for Friday, January 27, 2017, the Seedstock ‘Future of Food – Urban Ag Field Trip‘ will look at the impact of urban farming in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States.

The trip will offer an excursion into the diversity of urban farming and state-of-the-art hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic agriculture operations in Southern California. Tour participants will be treated to lectures and sessions from urban agriculture experts, and 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

The Future of Food – Urban Ag Field Trip in Los Angeles; Register now before it sells out!

Scheduled Stops on the Field Trip include:

1. The University of Southern California (USC) Teaching Garden – The USC Teaching Garden utilizes aeroponics to challenge the food systems status quo on campus. It was established to supply fresh produce to the university’s on-campus restaurants, dining halls, catering services, and hotel, while also teaching students and staff about flavor and sustainability. The garden utilizes aeroponic towers to produce chemical-free fruit, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers without traditional soil growing media.

2. Local Roots Farms is an indoor vertical farming company based in Los Angeles that designs, builds, deploys, and operates controlled environment farms. Situated in shipping containers, the farms (called TerraFarms) grow with up to 99% less water, 365 days a year, pesticide and herbicide free, and with absolute consistency in production. Their plug and play form provides an innovative solution to the retail and foodservice sectors by greatly reducing supply-chain risks such as price volatility and food safety exposure.

3. The Growing Experience (TGE) is a seven-acre urban farm in North Long Beach that is located on a previously vacant lot. TGE is unique in that it is owned and operated by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA), which manages 3,229 units of public and other affordable housing for the county’s Public Housing program. The urban farm utilizes traditional as well as aquaponics growing systems to help meet the needs of the community by increasing access to healthy foods.

To purchase early bird tickets, please visit: http://seedstockurbanag.eventbrite.com

A farm-to-fork lunch hosted by Local Roots Farms featuring lettuce grown on site in the company’s TerraFarms will be provided by sponsor:
Select Confirmed Speakers include:

Rachel Surls – Sustainable Food Systems Advisor for UC Cooperative Extension and co-author of the book ‘From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles’.
Erik Oberholtzer – Co-founder and CEO of Tender Greens
Chef Eric Ernest – Executive Chef of USC Hospitality
For sponsorship opportunities, please send inquiries to: sponsor@seedstock.com

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