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Grow Riverside: Innovations in Southern California Agriculture

Grow Riverside: Innovations in Southern California Agriculture

Coming up March 19 and 20, just on the heels of Local Orbit’s Hub Camp in Los Angeles, is the inaugural Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond! conference, focused on innovations in the traditionally agricultural Inland Empire. Grow Riverside will focus on the development of urban agriculture strategies and solutions that cities can […]

Hub Camp Brings Hands-On Local Food Distribution Training to Southern California in March!

Hub Camp Brings Hands-On Local Food Distribution Training to Southern California in March!

Hub Camp is a 3-day, hands-on workshop for entrepreneurs working to aggregate and distribute food from local farms to chefs, schools, hospitals, retailers and other wholesale customers. Hub Camp is uniquely focused on practical skills and best practices learned from successful local food distribution businesses across the country. As one […]

Don’t Let These Three Bottlenecks Slow Down Local Food Growth in Your Community

Don’t Let These Three Bottlenecks Slow Down Local Food Growth in Your Community

As communities reconsider the importance of food to their economic well-being, independent farmers and food makers are increasingly focused on selling their products locally. The growth of farmers markets, CSAs, farmstands and the like all represent this New Food Economy. And yet even for all of the growth, local farmers continue to hit […]

New Opportunity! USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG): Deadline Feb 24, 2014.

New Opportunity! USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG): Deadline Feb 24, 2014.

The USDA just announced a new grant opportunity for producers of value-added products.  According to USDA Rural Development site: “The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and […]

Only a Few Days Left! New FDA Rules Affect Small Farms: Make Your Voice Heard by Nov 15

Only a Few Days Left! New FDA Rules Affect Small Farms: Make Your Voice Heard by Nov 15

There are only a few days left to make your voice heard on proposed FDA regulations that will affect small farms all across the United States. These changes could ultimately, directly affect the emerging regional and local foods systems that we are working to build by placing undue regulatory burdens […]