Jesse DuBois and Dan Allen of Farmscape Gardens are set to participate in a panel discussion on the social and economic impact of Urban Farming at the upcoming Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference on October 24, 2012 at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Jesse DuBois is co-founder and CEO of Farmscape Gardens. DuBois is on a mission to challenge agriculture-as-usual and build a chain of intensive gardens strung from yard to yard across the Los Angeles basin. His vision of Agriculture 2.0 would see Southern California with as many sustainable farmers on call as it has pool maintenance crews. He wants Los Angeles to grow enough fruits and vegetables inside the megalopolis to cover the produce needs for its 20+ million inhabitants.
DuBois moved to LA after completion of his English Major at Macalester College, expecting to start a career as a screenwriter. Instead he fell in love with urban agriculture and has become a distinct voice in the Southern California debate over sustainable food production. Now he spends his days modifying organic farming principles to fit the urban landscape and modifying landscaping aesthetics and business practices to grow vegetables. DuBois also serves on the Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force.
Since its founding, Farmscape Gardens, an organic garden installation and maintenance company, has become the largest urban farming venture in Southern California.
Dan Allen is the CFO of Farmscape, an urban farming company located in Los Angeles. Dan grew up in Iowa and has a degree in Mathematics and political science from Macalester College, which he uses to inform his quantitative analysis of the food system. He enjoys playing basketball, crunching stats for fantasy baseball and is always on the quest for the perfect cup of coffee.