At the recent Grow Riverside Conference in Riverside, California, Erika Block shared the stage with other innovators to discuss new technologies and business models that are supporting sustainable, small scale farming. Over 400 people spent two days exploring how to grow the new food economy in Southern California.
Erika’s presentation illustrates how the consumer demand for local food is growing despite distribution challenges and the recession. She introduces the concept of a shifting landscape whereby restaurants, hospitals and governments are creating initiatives to increase their local buying power. Erika also shares Local Orbit’s vision for relinking the food chain.
Erika spoke alongside Pierre Sleiman of Go Green Agriculture and David Rosenstein of EVO Farm. The panel was moderated by Robert Puro of Seedstock — one of our favorite publications about sustainable agriculture innovation. You can view the entire presentation, including audience questions, here.