Seedstock, a social venture that promotes innovation and sustainability in agriculture, will be hosting a one-day conference at UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
The Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference will highlight and focus on the economic opportunities as well as the environmental and societal benefits of embracing, developing and investing in sustainable agriculture practices, technologies and startup companies.
The event will examine topic areas ranging from urban agriculture, scalable sustainable agriculture solutions and local food systems to vertical farming, investment in sustainable ag, the role of digital technology in agriculture and more. The conference will also boast an Agripreneur Fast Pitch Competition in which a select group of sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a group of investors.
A sampling of the companies set to participate in the conference include Archi’s Acres, a small scale hydro-organic farm run by decorated marine sergeant Colin Archipley and his wife Karen, Tender Greens, a chef driven, organic, quick-casual restaurant concept with eight locations and counting, Home Town Farms, a vertical urban farming company, EVO Farm, a commercial urban farming venture that utilizes aquaponics to grow produce, Whole Foods Market and more. For more information on the conference, sponsorship opportunities, speakers and more, go to http://conference.seedstock.com.
- BREAKFAST will feature sustainable fruit, pastries and coffee provided by Breakfast Sponsor: Whole Foods Market, Westwood
- LUNCH will feature farm-to table fare generously provided by Lunch Sponsor: Tender Greens
- NETWORKING RECEPTION will feature sustainably produced wine from Temecula, CA-based, Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery
Dan Allen - Farmscape
Martin Anenberg - FreshPoint
Colin Archipley - Archi’s Acres
John Bailey - Top 10 Produce
Erika Block - Local Orbit
Melanie Cheng - FarmsReach
Adam Dell - Austin Ventures
Jesse DuBois - Farmscape
Sam Earle - Local Food Systems
Diane Friend - Horsepower
Dan Gibbs - Home Town Farms
Casey Houweling - Houweling’s Tomatoes
Miguel Jardine - Vermisoks
David Jeromin - Golden Mean Capital
Nicola Kerslake - Nevada Institute of Renewable Energy Commercialization
Paul Matteucci - U.S. Venture Partners
Don Nishiguchi - Whole Foods Market
Erik Oberholtzer - Tender Greens
David Rosenstein - EVO Farm
Rickey Smith - Urban Green
Rachel Surls - UC Cooperative Extension