By John Mesko • SFA Executive Director
I want to make sure that you know about the 3rd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference: Reintegrating Ag: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities in which I will be participating. The conference will explore the economic impact as well as the community and environmental benefits that can result from the development of a robust local food system.
Slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11 – 12, 2014 at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the first day of the conference will offer an Urban Agriculture Field Trip on which attendees will get a sneak peak at Los Angeles’ first multi-faceted food production business incubator for local entrepreneurs along with a tour of a blossoming 1.5-acre high school campus urban farming operation in Pasadena and a visit to a hydroponic shipping container farm in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The second day of the conference will feature panels and keynotes that will explore, among other topics, the following:
- Reintegrating Agriculture into the City
- The local food production and commercial potential of controlled environment agriculture in cities;
- How city and county policy can encourage investment in and support of local and urban agriculture;
- Business models and technological solutions from irrigation technology to supply chain innovations necessary to augment the growth of local food systems
I would love to see you there. Below are some more details on the conference as well as a link to register along with a promo code that will provide you with a ‘friend’s discount’ of 20% off the ticket price.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
- John Mesko – Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota
- A.G. Kawamura – Former Secretary of California Dept. of Food and Agriculture
- Nicola Kerslake – New Bean Capital
- Dwight Detter – Whole Foods Market
- Daniel Allen – Farmscape
- Nurit Katz – Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA
- Kimberly Kessler – Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy
REGISTRATION & TICKETS: A limited number of discount tickets for those of you in my network are available at 20% off the list price. So register quickly to reserve your spot by going to http://seedstockconference.eventbrite.com and entering the promotional code SEEDSTOCKFRIEND to receive your discount!