2016 Food Forum
10:00am-1:00pm (9:30am- check-in)

Hosted by: International Rescue Committee, County of San Diego, and San Diego Food System Alliance

Forum Program 

9:30-10:00am: Registration
10:00-10:15am: Opening Remarks
Lora Logan, International Rescue Committee
Elly Brown, Director of San Diego Food System Alliance

10:15-10:45am: Portland's Case in City Food Policy
Steve Cohen, Manager, Food Policy and Programs City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
10:45-11:30am: Importance of Food Policy Panel
Nancy Alcala, Co-Coordinator Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities Food Justice Workgroup
Rachel Surls, Sustainable Food Systems Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension in LA County
Keith Pezzoli, PhD., Director, Urban Studies and Planning Program, Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design at UCSD
11:30-11:50pm: Networking Break
11:50-12:25pm: Research & Tools: Unveiling Policy Scan & White Papers
Lora Logan, International Rescue Committee
JuliAnna Arnett, County of San Diego

12:25-12:55pm: Moving City Policies Forward 
What can be done? Who to contact? Working with City staff? Budget considerations? Where can I access resources? 
12:55-1:00pm: Closing Remarks
** Walk a few blocks to Envision Urban Agriculture Fair (1-4pm) **
2:00-2:30pm: Keynote talk "Envisioning urban agriculture around the world"
A.G. Kawamura, Founder, Solutions for Urban Agriculture; Former Secretary of Agriculture


If you are interested in attending the Food Forum, you must your tickets!


1313 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Forum: Saville Theater
Parking Lot: PS200 (available from 8:30am-4:30pm)
Map for theater and parking



Envision Urban Agriculture Fair  

Hosted by: San Diego Food System Alliance, Slow Food Urban San Diego, and International Rescue Committee

Fair Overview

Envision Urban Agriculture Fair is a family-friendly fair for growers and the San Diego community supportive of growing food in our cities. Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones will be a new tool available in the City of San Diego that will allow us to activate vacant spaces for growing food. Come shop produce from local urban farmers, eat some good food, listen to live music, drink local kombucha and beer, learn to cook healthy food by demos from San Diego chefs, and obtain resources to grow more food in our cities. Find out more about our vision for the Fair here. 

Keynote of the 2016 Food Forum will be happening at the Fair:  
"Envisioning urban agriculture around the world"
A.G. Kawamura, Founder, Solutions for Urban Agriculture; Former Secretary of Agriculture

Fair Program Schedule available now


No registration required if you are just coming attending Fair. But it would be helpful if you could indicate that you are attending on our Facebook page to obtain up-to-date announcements.


753 15th St, San Diego, CA 92101

Fair Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring? Contact elly@sdfsa.org to find out more.

Fair Participants