CCOF invites you to join us in exploring “Farming the Urban Edge,” the theme of our 2014 annual meeting, bus tour, and reception on March 5, 2014. These events will take place in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California and provide a unique opportunity to see how urban agricultural production – and organic in particular – is evolving to meet demands of the one of the world’s largest urban marketplaces.
The morning program will include keynote speaker Rachel Surls, Ph.D., LA Cooperative Extension agent with the University of California and author of the forthcoming book tentatively titled From Cows to Concrete. Dr. Surls will speak about the history of agriculture in the greater Los Angeles area.
We will then tour the agricultural features of Orange County’s Great Park (former home of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station), which now houses a backyard garden demonstration site, a veteran’s farm re-training program, and 100 acres of organic fruit and vegetable production managed by former California Secretary of Agriculture AG Kawamura’s Orange County Produce. The bus tour will also include lunch at 123 Farm at Highland Springs Resort and a presentation from Dr. Raju Pandey, who is currently researching the Asian Citrus Psyllid at Y&V Farm, a CCOF-certified wholesale fruit producer just minutes from downtown Riverside.
Upon return to Anaheim, participants will attend a reception featuring organic food and drink – “The Organic Palate: Farm to City.”
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. CCOF Annual Meeting
Keynote Speaker: Rachel Surls, UC Cooperative Extension Agent, LA region
Will Daniels, CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors Chairman
Cathy Calfo, CCOF Executive Director/CEO
Jake Lewin, President, CCOF Certification Services LLC
10:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Educational Bus Tour
Tezozomoc, Farmer, South Central Farmers
A.G. Kawamura, Co-owner of Orange County Produce and former California Secretary of Agriculture
Allan Price, VP of Orange County Land Management, and Orange County Farm Bureau President
Raju Pandey, Ph.D., Entomologist, Citrus Research Board
Tina Kummerle, President of Highland Springs Resort/Farmer at 123 Farm and Jan Kielmann, Farmer at 123 Farm
Victoria Michaelides, Owner, Y&V Organic Farm
Learn more about our exciting speaker line-up!
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. “The Organic Palate: Farm to City” Organic Beer and Wine Tasting
Please note, the Bus Tour does not include tasting ticket.
CCOF has reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Orange County for this special event. Room price is $199/night. Reserve now.