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Urban Food Summit

Urban Food Summit

The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library was excited to join the Long Beach team and local community groups to present the first Urban Food Summit at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library Learning Garden! Tours of the Learning Garden and  local experts spoke about urban growing and nutrition! It was a great event for those looking to gain more knowledgeable about local food, farms, chefs and nutrition!

David Rosenstein recognized as "Seven of LA's Finest Urban Farmers"

David Rosenstein recognized as "Seven of LA's Finest Urban Farmers"

David Rosenstein: Champion Job Creator 

David Rosenstein is the Executive Director of Our Foods, a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to urban agriculture education, training, and jobs. He built the first aquaponic farm in Los Angeles County in 2012 and developed the Art & Science of Aquaponics, an educational platform for school universities and the general public. 

Events

 Events

Outreach was on the agenda and we found plenty of opportunities to share our vision at several events and conferences where we had a presence. Ranging from the Global Ag Innovation Network (GAIN) event (with Larta Institute), to the Green Festival (where we were a Community Award finalist), to the WORLDZ/ PTTOW event with Erik Oberholtzer and the Tender Greens team, to the Abbot Kinney Street Festival, we found ourselves surrounded by people eager to learn about the future of food. 

Farm Labs™ @ St Michael's

Farm Labs™ @ St Michael's

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles decided to convert a 3 acre church property in the City of Riverside into an example of best practices of sustainable living and design. In a collaboration with Escher GuneWardena ArchitectureSeeds of Hope, and Ivette Soler Gardens, we are planning an oasis for learning and training in both modern farming (Farm Labs) and indigenous traditions, to grow as much food, with the least impact possible. 

Training Our Future Farmers of America

Training Our Future Farmers of America

The Sharefest 2017 Summer Youth Development Program took place on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills. Thank You to Ourfoods Natalie Kra and Matthew Enloe, our first generation of Farmer Educators from the USC Wrigley Institute Aquaponics Program, for your amazing job! The first generation teaching the second generation! Powerful!! 

Bishop Paiute Tribe Aquaponics Training

Bishop Paiute Tribe Aquaponics Training

It was a privilege to spend a week with the Bishop Paiute Tribe and their Food Sovereignty Program.  We conducted an Art & Science of Aquaponics workshop and assisted them with some redesigns of their existing aquaponics greenhouse. As they continue to expand the vision of being food independent, we look forward to providing ongoing technical support.

Nutrition Science and Food Policy Summit

Nutrition Science and Food Policy Summit

DUARTE>> City of Hope. The medical and research center held its inaugural Nutrition Science and Food Policy Summit with David Rosenstein, Executive Director of Ourfoods, as one of their guest speakers.  The symposium is part of the $2.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Foundation grant City of Hope received last year, to address the needs of vulnerable populations to mitigate the problem of poor nutrition and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Seed Collecting Workshop

Seed Collecting Workshop

Ourfoods hosted a Seed Collecting Workshop, hosted by David Hedden, at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Learning Garden.  The benefits of seed saving and methods of collecting were covered. Everyone got to bring seeds home!  Afterwards, the monthly Crop Swap hosted by LB Fresh was enjoyed by all.   

Farm Labs

Farm Labs

Farm Labs addresses a unique intersection of K-16 curriculum with a learn-by-doing approach, helping students understand the interconnected relationship that chemistry, biology, math, technology, and engineering have with solving relevant issues in both local and global communities, such as food security, water use, environmental stewardship, and health. Who would like one in their classroom!?

Long Beach County Fair

Long Beach County Fair

We showcased our latest aquaponics model, NANO FARM! An easy and fun way to grow your own GMO-free, pesticide-free and better than organic food!  Long Beach County Fair is a free showcase for local food producers and organizations from all over Long Beach and the region. We interacted with the passionate people behind the good food movement in Long Beach including its “Seeders,” “Feeders” and “Eaters.” 

LMU-CURes Teacher Academy Workshop

LMU-CURes Teacher Academy Workshop

LMU-CURes hosted a Teacher Academy workshop focusing on urban agriculture with a focus on ways to grow our food. David Rosenstein led a hands on workshop to explore testable questions related to food production. Thank you LMU Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) for your zeal and dedication to urban agriculture!

The White House

The White House

The White House (Office of Science and Technology Policy) published a fact sheet that recognized our Farm Lab program as a means to provide technical training to meet the demands of modern farming. We were further honored with an invitation to present the model to the USDA at their kickoff event for America the Bountiful along with several notable guests in attendance from CA and from Washington DC.