Grow Riverside 2017 Report

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Slow Money SoCal was proud to be a sponsor at  Grow Riverside 2017 this past March.  Our very own Michelle Greenwood, SMSC leadership board and LINC-OC founder, was an guest speaker on microloans.

The 4th Grow Riverside Conference featured MacArthur fellow and noted urban farmer Will Allen as keynote speaker. Breakout sessions covered growing specialty crops, food and farm business models, microloan financing, high tech agriculture, and farmer training.

More students attended this year, some drawn by the Food and Agriculture New Business Contest with cash prizes of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place. Winners were also awarded time with a business professionals to help get their businesses off the ground.

Several large food related projects are coming to fruition locally, including incubator farms, and farm training at local universities.

 

Grow Temecula Valley, a symposium put on by the City of Temecula April 12, is southwest Riverside County’s first foray into generating awareness, education and engagement around the value and economic benefit of local agriculture. A number of local farmers and food producers were involved as sponsors or vendors at the event. Look for more exciting news, including the promotion of agri-tourism in the future.

 

Thank you Sue Struthers for contributing this blog. 

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