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Seedstock Conference - GrowRIVERSIDE: The Future of Local Food

GrowRIVERSIDE: The Future of Local Food presented by Seedstock in partnership with the City of Riverside will examine the city’s initial steps to build its local food system as well as explore through keynotes, plenary discussions and breakout sessions, the agricultural methodologies and business models to further strengthen the community, environment and economy.


Event Date: June 11 - 12 with Community Day on June 13, 2015
Location: Riverside Convention Center
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2nd Annual GrowRIVERSIDE Conference (June 11 - 12)

Attendees will convene at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, CA for a series of keynotes, plenary discussions and breakout sessions that will explore the following focus areas:

  • Production – Increasing local food production in a sustainable manner; Economically viable urban farming business models; Innovative growing technologies
  • New Business Creation – Creating new farming enterprises and food businesses; creating additional capacity in the form of new farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs
  • Local Food Sales and the Marketplace – Understanding what buyers want; investigation of the various local food sales channels;
  • Community Impact – Local food access for all; food policy to benefit community, economy and environment; health impact


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2nd Annual Citrus Circle Dinner - Thursday, June 11 from 6pm - 9pm

The 2nd Annual Citrus Circle Dinner will take place at the California Citrus State Historic Park and highlight local food in Riverside as well as feature networking, live music and a keynote presentation on the benefits of urban agriculture and building the local food marketplace.


Select Confirmed Speakers:


Mark Winne - Co-founder, Connecticut Food Policy Council 

Robert Egger - Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen

Dwight Detter - Local Forager for Whole Foods Market

Rodney K. Taylor - Director of Nutrition Services, for the Riverside Unified School District

Robert Tse - State Broadband Coordinator for USDA CA Rural Development

Erika Block - Local Orbit

Viviana Franco - From Lot To Spot

Bob Knight - Founder of Inland Orange Conservancy and Old Grove Orange, Inc.

Rishi Kumar - Founder of The Growing Home

David Rosenstein - Founder of EVO Farm and Chair of the Aquaponics Association - Western Region

Pierre Sleiman - Founder of Go Green Agriculture

Krysia Zajonc - CEO and Co-founder of Local Food Lab

Jim Bergantz - Sales Engineer at Agra Tech, Inc.

Mateo Aguilar - Co-founder of Local Food Lab

Hop Hopkins - Co-founder of Panther Ridge Farm



Refund Policy: Cancellations at least four weeks prior to the conference (prior to May 11, 2015) will receive a full refund. You will receive 50% of your initial payment if your refund is requested between May 12 - May 28, 2015. There will be no refund issued if cancellation occurs after May 28, 2015.

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2nd Annual Grow Riverside Conference - Community Day (June 13)

Intended for the citizens of Riverside, but open to all, Community Day is FREE to all attendees and will offer opportunities for farmers and Riverside residents to connect and help build our shared food future in a fun and collaborative hands on setting. Community Day will also offer a series of hands on workshops including:

  • How to grow food at home
  • Starting a Cottage Food Business
  • Water Saving Techniques
  • Pest Management that is kid friendly
  • CA native plants that WOW
  • ... and more!




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