Whole Foods Market, Westwood Village Assembles Seedstock Conference Breakfast from Bevy of Local Suppliers

Breakfast will be served at the Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference at UCLA Anderson School of Management on Wednesday, November 6! Whole Foods Market, Westwood Village has assembled a bevy of organic, sustainable and local food producers, coffee makers and pastry bakers to insure that your morning hunger is sated. The breakfast will feature organic roasted coffee from Los Angeles-based Groundwork Coffee; pastries and rolls from Los Angeles-based Rockenwagner Bakery and Rustico; Grove-to-glass juices from Pasadena-based Califia Farms; oats and yogurts from Van Nuys-based Zen Monkey; and Whole Foods Market 365 Water.

Only Two More Days till the Conference. Register Now!

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Tender Greens to Sling Rockin’ Locally Grown Farm-to-table Fare at Seedstock Sustainable Ag Conference

In case you were worried about what you were going to eat for lunch at the conference, here is the menu that sponsor Tender Greens has put together for the proceedings:

  • Happy Vegan Salad – Farro wheat with cranberry & hazelnuts, quinoa with cucumber & beets, green hummus, tabouleh, Tender Greens.
  • Kale Salad with parmesan, roasted garlic vinaigrette
  • Fall Vegetable Salad with butternut squash, crimini mushroom, brussels sprouts, sage, leek, and hazelnuts
  • Black Barley Salad with pomegranate, apple, pear, kale, chervil, and sherry vinaigrette

Only Two More Days till the Conference. Register Now!

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Final Call for Registration to Attend Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Conference

This is the final call for registration to attend the Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

By the year 2050, it is expected that earth’s present population of 7 billion will exceed 9 billion persons. In anticipation of this exponential worldwide growth, and its potential ramifications, Seedstock seeks to foster the development of innovative and economically viable agricultural solutions to insure the residents of this planet are fed simply, organically, and with as little negative impact to the environment as possible.

Register Now! http://seedstockannual.eventbrite.com

Limited tickets remain for this internationally important conference. Join the industry’s most notable experts in new farming operations, sustainable agriculture start-ups, and funding opportunities as they examine the economic, environmental, and societal benefits of embracing, developing, and investing in sustainable farms, practices, and technologies.

Sustainable agriculture innovators, urban farming experts and aquaponics entrepreneurs, in addition to agricultural investors and organic and local buyers and sourcers, will offer presentations on a variety of topics, including: connecting urbanites to the food system; distributing sustainable agriculture; the future of farmer’s markets; and, funding future farms and agriculture innovation.

Register Now! http://seedstockannual.eventbrite.com

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Thank You to the Sponsors of the Upcoming Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference

 

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Only One Week Till the November 6 Seedstock Ag Conference at UCLA; Register Now!

The 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation conference is only one week away and the sustainable farm field trip and dinner have already SOLD OUT. There are LIMITED tickets remaining for the November 6 conference day at UCLA Anderson School of Management, so REGISTER NOW!

The event will feature a broad lineup of speakers from urban agriculture experts, sustainable farmers and aquaponics entrepreneurs to investors, crowdfunding experts and organic and local buyers and distributors; and will cover a variety of topics, including: sustainable agriculture startups; growing new farmers; the social and economic impact of urban farming; the future of farmers markets; and, funding for new farmers and ag entrepreneurs.

We also have an exciting group of sponsors highlighted below who will have a presence throughout the event outlined below.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 - 8:00am – 7:30pm

(Limited tickets remain! Save a spot now!)

Day 2 (limited tickets remain! Register now to save your spot!) attendees will convene at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles for a series of panels including: Connecting Urbanites to the Food System; The Future of Farmers Market; Distributing Sustsainable Agriculture; Funding Future Farms and Ag Innovation; and more! Breakfast will feature sustainable fruit, pastries and coffee provided by Breakfast Sponsors: Whole Foods Market, Westwood, Califia Farms, Rockenwagner Bakery and Groundwork Coffee.

         

Farm-to-table Lunch Provided by Tender Greens!

Networking Reception will feature organically grown produce from Farm Fresh To You transformed into hors d’oeuvres by Urban Green;and locally brewed craft beer from Golden Road Brewing

                        

Sustainable Farm Field Trip and Dinner - SOLD OUT!

Day 1 of the event offers a Sustainable Farm Field Trip. On tap are visits to  Houweling’s 125-acre tomato sustainable hydroponic greenhouse and McGrath Family Farm, a 5th generation organic farm. Each visit will include extensive tours and conversations with the growers about sustainability and business model innovations. Attendees who choose to participate in the field trip will be taken by bus from location to location and provided a farm-to-fork lunch from Green2Go Restaurant.

      

For attendees who select the dinner option, renowned Santa Monica, farmers market driven restaurant, Josie, will prepare a special Farmers Market Menu.

Limited Tickets for the November 6 Conference! REGISTER NOW!

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Sustainable Farm Field Trip Info – Schedule, Pick Up Location and Other Details

The Seedstock Sustainable Farm Field Trip is only two weeks away! There are still a few spots left, so reserve your ticket on the bus if you haven’t already – http://seedstockannual.eventbrite.com.

The following are details on pick up location, time, dress requirements and schedule:

Pick Up Time:                                                                                                          8:00 am

Pick Up Location: Hotel Angeleno at 170 N. Church Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Stop 1:  Houweling’s Tomatoes                                                                              9:30 am

The tour will take approximately 2 hours. It requires suiting up (Hairnet, booty’s and suit) prior to going into the pack-houses and greenhouses, hence, we need everyone to dress appropriately (No skirts or opened toed shoes!!).  Also, it will require about a ½ mile walk with stairs and obstacles that make it very difficult for people that have trouble walking. Also, please keep in mind that this is a fully functioning farm that has loud machinery and traffic constantly moving across the facility.

Stop 2: McGrath Family Farm                                                                             12:00 pm

Lunch provided by sponsor Green2Go Restaurant and Market will be eaten at the farm. Farmer Phil McGrath will then give attendees a walking tour of his farm in which he will give a brief history of the farm and discuss topics related to water, labor, direct marketing, organic pest control, business models and growing practices just to list a few.

On Board Talk:  Rickey Smith of Urban Green L.A.                                        2:30pm

Rickey will discuss how he has created an economically viable urban agriculture business, the importance of urban agriculture

Return to Hotel Angeleno:                                                                            4:00 pm

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Sustainable Farm Field Trip Lunch to Feature Aquaponic Greens and Free Range Turkey

To sustain the participants on the November 5 Seedstock sustainable farm field trip to Houweling’s and McGrath Family Farm, Chef Adam Navidi of Green2Go Restaurant and Market in Brea, CA has prepared a farm-to-fork lunch featuring aquaponically grown greens from his own urban farming operation, Future Foods Farms. Here’s the menu:

  • Free Range Green2Go Turkey Sandwich with Future Food Farms greens, tomato, jack cheese and bacon

and

  •   Assorted organic and gluten free cookies

Don’t miss out! There are only a few spots left on the field trip.

Reserve your spot now!

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Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Conference to Examine Unique Concepts of Sustainable Farming Visionaries

seedstock conference panelists

News Release: LOS ANGELES, CA—DaVinci, Einstein, Howard Hughes, Steve Jobs – each one a visionary whose unique view of life prompted innovations and inventions that – whether in art, science, industry or technology – continue to shape the evolution of our world. Today, faced with challenges of global warming and water shortages, visionaries in sustainable agriculture are creating unique farming concepts, products, and practices to address the food needs of a growing world population while at the same time developing viable local economic opportunities for entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, and investors.

To learn firsthand from these agricultural innovators how a sustainable future can improve life for us all, plan to attend the 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future Tuesday and Wednesday, November 5 and 6, at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Continue reading

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Funding a New Farm or Agriculture Startup Venture?

From left to right: Adam Chapnick, Indiegogo; Val Dolcini, California FSA; Nicola Kerslake, Battle Born Venture Fund. Not pictured: Zack Porter, Proteus Environmental Technologies.

Curious about how to find funding for your new farm or agriculture startup venture? If so, Seedstock will be featuring an exciting moderating panel at the upcoming 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Conference at UCLA Anderson School of Management on November 5 – 6.

The panel entitled “Funding the Future” will examine the various investment routes – Venture Capital, Social Financing, Crowdfunding, USDA loans and grants – available to assist startups in getting their businesses off the ground. Come and listen to and have your questions answered by the following investment and funding experts:

  • Adam Chapnick, Principal and Evangelist at Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform that empowers people all over the world to fund what matters to them. He leads the company’s startup business category.
  • Val Dolcini, the State Executive Director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in California, who is responsible for all USDA farm programs and policies in the states. Dolcini will be talking about the USDA’s microloan program for farmers and how new farmers can receive funding for their endeavors.
  • Zack Porter of Proteus Environmental Technologies, a successful entrepreneur with deep ties to Silicon Valley venture firms.  Mr. Porter focuses on developing investment opportunities in companies that offer solutions to food scarcity, food security, and improved nutrition.

Register now to see this panel and hear from other innovators, movers and shakers in the sustainable agriculture space!

REGISTER NOW to Receive the SEEDSAVER SPECIAL TICKET PRICE

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Video Highlights from the Inaugural Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference

Check out highlights and video from the inaugural Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference, which was held last year at UCLA Anderson School of Management. And, don’t be late, there are only two weeks left to obtain the discounted SEEDSAVER SPECIAL ticket price. Register Now!

 

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Seedstock Sustainable Ag Conference Serves Up Abundant Slate of Expert Speakers and Panelists

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 17 — Even the most discriminating connoisseurs craving sustainable farming knowledge are certain to be more than satisfied with the informative bill of fare offered at the 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future.

The Seedstock annual conference is a comprehensive, expert-filled program filled with up-to-the-minute information about how to be successful in starting or expanding a sustainable and/or urban farming operation. As featured on CNBC, the Seedstock annual conference is one of the few events in the country that bring together farmers, entrepreneurs, financiers, suppliers, distributors, restaurant owners and others in the sustainable agriculture industry.

“Sustainable agriculture does and will require new thinking, investors, breakthrough technologies and knowledge. This year’s Seedstock conference is bringing together some of the most experienced and forward-thinking individuals to help meet significant challenges in the U.S. and around the world,” said Robert Puro, Seedstock’s co-founder. “We must examine the economic opportunities and environmental and societal benefits of embracing, developing, and investing in sustainable farms, practices, technologies, and start-up companies.”

The conference begins Nov. 5 with a field trip of sustainable farms near urban Los Angeles, followed the next day by the speaker and panel portion of the conference at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Below is a sample of the program and panel speakers.

Thaddeus Barsotti, co-CEO of Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic, will deliver a keynote address detailing solutions and business models designed to assist local producers in increasing their presence in the supply chain. Born on one of the first farms in Yolo County to be certified organic, Barsotti grew up imbued with the philosophy of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and is the company’s chief farmer.

Following his talk, Barsotti will join Colin and Karen Archipley, founders of Archi’s Acres, for a panel presentation on “Growing New Farmers and Expanding Established Operations.” Experts in sustainable, hydroponic, organic farming, the Archipley’s established the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program to assist returning vets in creating business opportunities. Included in this panel will be John Mesko, executive director of the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, which supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration, and education.

“Connecting Urbanites to the Food System” will examine the social and economic role that urban agriculture plays in reconnecting people to their food through commercial urban farming endeavors, community gardens, and distributed farming networks. Bringing personal experience to the conversation include: Dan Allen, CEO of Farmscape, a Los Angeles-based urban farming venture that has established 350+ gardens at homes, schools and restaurants; Chris Higgins, of Urban Ag Products and an expert in hydroponic and controlled environment agriculture systems for commercial urban farming; Tara Kolla, founder of Silver Lake Farms, a micro farm specializing in cut flowers and specialty edible crops using biological farming practices; David Rosenstein, founder of EVO Farm and its mission to cultivate resilient communities by producing high yields of produce that are distributed truly locally with zero waste and minimal water; and, Joe Swartz, director of farming for Sky Vegetables, an innovative agriculture company dedicated to building sustainable, commercial-scale hydroponic farms on urban rooftops across America.

Reconvening after a farm-to-table lunch, “Growing New Markets for Sustainable Farmers” will unite Chef/Farmer Adam Navidi, creator of Future Foods Farms, Chef Erik Olberholtzer, co-founder of Tender Greens and other retailer and wholesaler participants to discuss the philosophy behind their purchasing decisions and how the embracing of local food by restaurant buyers, retail buyers, wholesalers, and others is growing new markets for sustainable farmers.

“Distributing Sustainable Agriculture” will offer an investigation of local/sustainable/organic food distribution models that explores current marketplace demand, the different roles that various distribution entities play in supporting sustainable farmers and increasing local food in the marketplace, the challenges of working with small farmers, and potential solutions to increase their presence in the supply chain. Lending their insights to the topic include: Erika Block, founder and CEO of Local Orbit, which provides tools designed to support businesses and organizations that are rebuilding local and regional food supply chains; Sharon Cech, regional food systems program manager for the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College; and, Lucy Norris, director of marketing for the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, which provides services to assist farmers in bringing the farm to market.

Val Dolcini, state executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), along with Adam Chapnick, Principal/Evangelist at crowdfunder, Indiegogo, Zack Porter of Proteus Environmental Technologies and others will present “Funding the Future,” an examination of the various investment routes–venture capital, Social Financing, crowdfunding, USDA loans and grants–available to assist startups in getting their businesses off the ground. The panel will be moderated by real assets and ag investment pro, Nicola Kerslake of Battle Born Venture Fund.

“The Future of Farmers Markets” is the topic to be addressed by Laura Avery, farmers market supervisor and Wednesday Farmers market manager for the City of Santa Monica. Avery has presided over the Santa Monica Farmers Market program since October, 1982.

Seedsaver Special Ticket Price Available for A Limited Time! Register Now!

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Seedstock Conference Accommodations – Hotel Angeleno

Seedstock has partnered with the Hotel Angeleno to provide attendees with a discounted room rate for the conference. The Hotel is approximately 1.5 miles from the conference venue. Additionally, the chartered bus for the November 5th Sustainable Farm Field Trip will pick up attendees at this location.

To book your room, please follow this link:

https://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=1107017&hotelID=76958

With your reservation you will receive the following:

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Complimentary Wine Hour every evening in our Lobby from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Complimentary 10 person shuttle within a 3 mile radius
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Seedstock 2nd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference Nears Discounted Registration Deadline

LOS ANGELES, CA — News Release — Less than one week remains to obtain discounted registration for the 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5-6, 2013.

The first day of the event offers a Sustainable Farm Field Trip that includes tours of urban agriculture operations, large-scale hydroponic and field farms, and will give participants a unique opportunity to closely examine successful sustainable farming in Southern California. Continue reading

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Seedstock 2nd Annual Sustainable Ag Conference to Kick Off with Sustainable Farms Field Trip

Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farm. Photo: George Simian.

LOS ANGELES, CA- The 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future will kick-off its two-day event on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 with a field trip featuring visits to a number of Southern California sustainable farming operations including McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo.

Known for its impeccable strawberries, McGrath Family Farm sits on a 30-acre parcel of the Oxnard Plains and will be one of three stops on Seedstock’s tour of sustainable farms. Owner-operator, Phil McGrath, is a fourth-generation Southern California farmer whose great-grandfather, an Irish sheep farmer, first acquired the farmland back in 1868. Continue reading

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Seedstock Names “Farm Fresh To You” CEO as Sustainable Agriculture Conference Keynote Speaker

Thaddeus Barsotti of Farm Fresh To You

Thaddeus Barsotti of Farm Fresh To You

LOS ANGELES, CA – Seedstock today announced that Thaddeus Barsotti, co-CEO of Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic, will deliver the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future. The program, to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5-6, 2013, will explore solutions and business models with the potential to assist local producers in increasing their presence in the supply chain.

Born on his family’s Sacramento-area farm, one of the first in Yolo County to be certified organic, Barsotti grew up imbued with the philosophy of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). He holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and, as the company’s chief farmer, heads up farm management in growing and maintaining over 60 types (130 varieties) of fruit and vegetable crops on the company’s farm operations in Capay Valley and Imperial and Ventura counties. Continue reading

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Seedstock 2nd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference to Examine Local Food Production and Supply Chain

Seedstock will be hosting The 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – Farming: Fundamentals and the Future, which will explore solutions and business models with the potential to assist local producers in increasing their presence in the supply chain. Slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, November 5-6, 2013, the conference will address the economic opportunities and environmental and societal benefits of embracing, developing, and investing in sustainable farms, practices, technologies, and start-up companies.

“Every day, our world faces new challenges.  Among the most vital to man’s existence is the need to establish local, sustainable food sources for a growing, global population,” stated Robert Puro.  “Seedstock fosters innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable agriculture by bringing together farmers, investors, and other like-minded individuals in anticipation that new partnerships will be forged and, ultimately, creative solutions to feeding the world will be found.”

The first day of the event offers a Sustainable Farm Field Trip.  The tour will range from urban agriculture operations (EVO Farm’s aquaponic setup) to large-scale hydroponic and field farms (Houweling’s hydroponic farm in Camarillo) and give participants a unique opportunity to closely examine successful sustainable farming in Southern California.

On Day 2, attendees will convene at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles for a series of panels including: Growers Embracing Innovative Business Models; Controlled Environment Agriculture; Supply Chain Innovation; and Investment in Farms and Ag Innovation.

For additional information, please visit conference.seedstock.com.

To purchase tickets for the event go to: http://seedstockannual.eventbrite.com

For sponsorship opportunities, please send inquiries to: sponsor@seedstock.com.

If you’re interested in participating as a speaker at the conference, send your request to: participant@seedstock.com

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