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IN RIVERSIDE CULTIVATING AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES ACROSS THE INLAND EMPIRE WITH GROWRIVERSIDE Since 2013, the City of Riverside has been leading the Inland region when it launched GrowRIVERSIDE (growriv. com) to develop a local food economy that increases access to nutritious foods by creating economic opportunities in a sustainable manner. Specifically, GrowRIVERSIDE encompasses seven pillars: • Assist growers and producer groups • Create local jobs • Develop value added products and build local demand • Reduce food waste • Improve food access and health equity • Build distribution capacity • Ensure results Since its inception, GrowRIVERSIDE has become an important component of Riverside’s community and economic development strategy. It encompasses a cohesive plan to increase community and economic development in food and agricultural activities to activate an estimated 1,000 acres of vacant agriculturally-zoned land in Riverside’s 4,800-acre Arlington Heights Greenbelt and increase food and agricultural activities across the city. The activities and efforts of the initiative are carried out in collaboration with multiple partners including the Riverside Food Systems Alliance. GROWRIVERSIDE CONFERENCE GrowRIVERSIDE returns in 2018 with a full program. The 5 th Annual GrowRIVERSIDE conference will be held April 4 th at Central Middle School in Riverside. Farmers, entrepreneurs, developers, educators and students, planners, policy makers, health care professionals, and others are encouraged to attend this gathering of leaders to network and learn about the emerging opportunities in building a regional food system. Conference topics include career opportunities in food and agricultural sectors; increasing popularity of agrihoods (where agriculture is an amenity in planned communities); launching 9 am - 5 pm FREE ADMISSION! Over 450 Booths with Unique Crafts & Products Food Courts • Free Shuttles Live Bands on the Main Stage Beer & Margarita Garden Artisan Walk on Alvarado Community Stage with Family Entertainment, Kids’ Activities and Contests 10 March, 2018 Inland Entertainment Review

of the region’s first beginning farmer training program; and much more. Join this year’s keynote speaker Curtis Stone, an international figure in urban farming, in discovering the growing popularity of urban farming. Stone is a farmer, author, speaker and consultant with expertise in high value, quick-growing annual specialty crops for direct consumer market streams. His book, The Urban Farmer, demonstrates organic intensive techniques with a focus on business and growing systems to streamline labor and production. Stone offers a new way to think about urban farming where quality of life and profitability coexist. Curtis’ farm, Green City Acres located in Kelowna, BC, Canada, is recognized as a flagship urban agriculture model that generates $100,000 per year on one-quarter acre utilizing a mix of specialty crops and intercropping strategies. While you are considering the conference, be sure to check out other GrowRIVERSIDE events, such as the annual farm-to-fork dinner immediately following the conference, the two-day workshop with Curtis Stone on April 5 & 6, or the farms tour on April 7. FOR MORE INFORMATION Learn more and sign up at growrivconference.com. IER Riversider’s Recycle Right! Thank you for reducing, reusing and recycling. We have done a great job in keeping materials out of the landfill. Now we need to ensure we put the right materials into the BLUE Recycling cart. Here are the basic items to recycle: • All clean & dry paper/cardboard (copy, newsprint, paperboard– cereal, tissue box, etc.) • All empty metal containers & cans • All plastics (1-7, water/soda bottles, detergent bottles, Styrofoam, packaging) • All empty glass bottles & jars Always empty food containers. They do not have to be washed just wiped out of food residue. Lowering contamination of the recycle cart helps our programs and increases our diversion efforts! Keep up the good job. To learn more visit riversideca.gov/publicworks/trash/ Friday, Saturday, & Holiday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Nights March, 2018 Inland Entertainment Review 11

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