Community Gathering (SOLD OUT) – February 24
Join us for an informal gathering to learn more about the March GrowRIVERSIDE conference and network with local food entrepreneurs and community advocates.
Growers Forum (Sold Out) – March 4
The Growers Forum is a half day workshop for growers, farmers, property owners, and other interested parties.
GrowRIVERSIDE Conference (Sold Out) – March 21
Join us for the 3rd Annual GrowRIVERSIDE Conference: Cultivating Our Future.
Citrus Circle Dinner (Sold Out) – March 21
The Citrus Circle Farm-to-Fork Dinner will be catered by UCR’s Dining Services, showcasing the campus’ Seeds of Change food initiative to serve delicious food that is healthy, sustainable, and socially responsible.
Riverside Farms Tour (Sold Out) – March 22
One-day tour of the Riverside’s agricultural assets. Tour sites include: The Arlington Heights Greenbelt and Gage Canal, UCR R’garden and Agricultural Operations, Fox Farm, and Unity Farms.
Dinner in the Grove – May 21
Farm-to-Grill, not your typical backyard BBQ. A multiple course BBQ affair among the groves.
3rd Annual GrowRiverside Conference
GrowRIVERSIDE is a multi-stakeholder initiative to cultivate food and agricultural activities across the City of Riverside. The City will host the third annual Grow Riverside Conference in March 2016. The conference aims to: equip attendees with tools and knowledge to create a strong marketplace for local food systems, generate opportunities for economic development, advance public policy related to food and agriculture, and provide a venue for stakeholders to network.
GROWRIVERSIDE Keynote Speakers
Secretary Karen Ross
Dr. Glenda Humiston
We at GrowRIVERSIDE are excited to announce that Jordan Perkins will be speaking at the upcoming conference on March 21, 2016. At the 3rd Annual GrowRIVERSIDE Conference, Perkins will be focusing on the process of establishing agricultural leases. The difference in establishing leases between public or private landholders on one end and prospective tenant farmers[…]
Jeff and Nicolina Alves started their agribusiness, Farm to Office, with the mission of providing healthy snacks to local offices, produce to local restaurants, and delicious gifts to anyone nationwide. Jeff Alves grew up in Galt, California on a dairy cow farm, operated to this day by his father an immigrant from Portugal. Nicolina Alves[…]
(This article was written by Sean Nealon and published in UCR Today on March 1, 2016). RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — On March 21, the University of California, Riverside is hosting the 3rd annual GrowRIVERSIDE conference, which is devoted to local food systems, generating economic and community development and advancing public policy related to sustainable food and[…]
(This article was written by Gurumantra Khalsa). Riverside is already part of a robust food system. Riverside County is a top producer of numerous crops. We are the thirteenth largest producer in the State. Agriculture accounted for 25,923 direct and indirect jobs and $1,327,804,000 in crops and livestock. When factoring in the multiplier effect, agriculture was[…]
(This article was written by Gurumantra Khalsa). Riverside County’s population continues to climb while access to primary health care providers has not kept pace. There are 40.5 primary care providers per 100,000 residents in Riverside County. The State average is 77.25 per 100,000. What’s the deal? Closing this gap will require a multi-faceted and highly collaborative[…]
(This article is written by Kris Lovekin and published in UCR Today on February 23, 2016.) RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Great chefs understand the subtle flavors of food chemistry. A new research center at UC Riverside will serve the same purpose, creating fruitful faculty interactions, all related to food and agriculture. The California Agriculture and Food[…]
(This article was posted by Office of Public Affairs on February 23, 2016) California is the nation’s leading agricultural state, with 76,400 farms producing more than 400 commodities with a farm-gate value of $54 billion. The mission of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is to promote and protect agriculture. It’s a complex job[…]
The Riverside Food Co-op is a not-for-profit member-owned, member-run grocer. They are committed residents focused on improving household, ecological, and economic health with fresh food produced here in the Riverside region through partnered farms and growers. Through the means of e-mail Grow Riverside contacted members of the Riverside Food Co-op’s board of directors, Sue Struthers[…]
Farming in urban environments has always existed as a means of providing people with food or sustaining a population during times of crisis. Recently, urban farming has become a popular trend across the nation as people have fallen in love with locally grown food. Urban farming is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food[…]
(This article is written by David Boulé and published in The Sacramento Bee on January 2, 2016.) This winter growing season marks the 140th anniversary since the Washington navel orange was first picked and enjoyed in California. Its success and heritage – by way of Goa, Portugal and Brazil – is one of the Golden[…]