Malissa McKeith to Address Ways Riverside Can Galvanize the Local Food System


CURE President Malissa McKeith will be a featured speaker at the March 19-20 Grow Riverside conference. She is one of the experts appearing on a panel that will address  “The Logistics of Galvanizing the Local Food System.” Malissa and fellow panelists will explore how the City can begin to lay the foundation for a sustainable regional food system, and how farmers and entrepreneurs can access Land Transfer Development Rights and grants.


Riverside Greenbelt 2012 Aerial-SMThe Panel will take place at 2 p.m. on Day 2 of the conference, Thursday March 20.  For a flyer describing the conference, click here. For a detailed conference program, click here.


Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond! is an outcomes-based conference designed to help Riverside reconnect to its agricultural roots and galvanize the citizens, growers, advocates, government officials and other major stakeholders around the economic opportunities that can result from employing sustainable agriculture in the city. The conference is a collaborative effort of Seedstock in partnership with the City of Riverside. Seedstock is a social venture that fosters the development of sustainable local food systems through consulting services and a variety of tools, including the news and information blog Seedstock.


The event will feature a diverse range of speakers -- from urban agriculture entrepreneurs, investors, funding and policy experts, sustainable farmers, aquaponics practitioners, representatives from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Rural Development program and Natural Resources Conservation Service, and buyers and distributors of local produce.


One the most important subjects of the conference is how to revitalize agriculture in the city’s Greenbelt (click here for a larger map of the Greenbelt.) 


Some of the specific topics to be covered include: How to Set up an Economically Viable Small-Scale Urban Farm; Local Agriculture Grow Strategies, Urban Agriculture Policy, The Market Opportunity for Urban Agriculture, and Innovative, Economically Viable Small-Scale Agriculture Solutions.



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