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What is the Future of Local Food in Riverside and Beyond?

May 11, 2015 |

Riverside local foodTo help answer this question and explore solutions to create a vibrant marketplace for local agriculture in Riverside and cities and counties across the country, please join us at The Riverside Convention Center on June 11-12 for the 2nd Annual GrowRIVERSIDE Conference: The Future of Local Food with Community Day on June 13.

What are the objectives of GrowRIVERSIDE?

  • To create a vibrant local food marketplace in which a greater percentage of the food available in restaurants, supermarkets, schools, hospitals and other institutions comes from local growers;
  • To develop an infrastructure of local food production, distribution and marketing that generates new jobs and benefits the community and local economy
  • To aid aspiring farmers and entrepreneurs leverage agricultural assets to grow businesses that benefit the local economy and community;
  • To insure access to healthy local food for all

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Who will be there?

Experts in local food business creation; water management professionals to address growing in a drought; practitioners in food marketing and distribution; farmers adept in growing profitably on small plots of land; community food access experts; and more!

Featured Keynote Speakers
GrowRIVERSIDE Keynotes
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Additional Confirmed Speakers

Kathleen Reed – Sustainable Food Program Manager for Kaiser Permanente
Justin Scott-Coe – Public Affairs Director for Monte Vista Water District
Mark Winne – Co-founder of the Connecticut Food Policy Council
Fortino Morales III – UC Riverside Community Garden Coordinator
Tracy Kahn – Curator of the UCR Citrus Variety Collection
Celeste Cantu – General Manager at Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA)
Ramiro Lobo – UCCE Small Farms & Agricultural Economics Advisor
Gene Giacomelli – Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) at University of Arizona
Robert Egger – Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen
Dwight Detter – Local Forager for Whole Foods Market
Viviana Franco – Executive Director of From Lot To Spot
Robert Tse – State Broadband Coordinator for USDA CA Rural Development
Erika Block – Local Orbit
Bob Knight – Founder of Inland Orange Conservancy and Old Grove Orange, Inc.
Pierre Sleiman – Founder of Go Green Agriculture
… And more!

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