Organic Farming Research Foundation

Organic Farming Research Foundation works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. -To learn more and help support the Organic Farming Research Foudation – click here.

5 Reasons Why a Local Food System Matters to This Mom

Unlike most of Southern California, Riverside has a triple blessing of water independence, available agriculture land (over 4,600 acres of greenbelt) and a near-perfect Mediterranean climate for growing. These elements combined with a local Food Policy Plan adopted by City Council in 2015 make Riverside ideal for foodie startups, urban farming and farm-to-fork restaurants. In…

Healthy Riverside And Local Food Systems

Riverside County’s population continues to climb while access to primary health care providers has not kept pace. There are 40.5 primary care providers per 100,000 residents in Riverside County. The State average is 77.25 per 100,000. What’s the deal? Closing this gap will require a multi-faceted and highly collaborative approach. Developing a robust local food…

Farmers Markets Stimulate Local Economies

With little fanfare, the nation’s several thousand farmers markets are growing jobs and strengthening local and regional economies. As demand grows for fresh local food, and shoppers seek relationships with the farms that make such food possible, farmers markets represent an important retail option that bolster local economies in communities large and small. Growers selling locally…

A Vibrant Local Food System – What’s In It For You?

Riverside is already part of a robust food system. Riverside County is a top producer of numerous crops. We’re the thirteenth largest producer in the State. Agriculture accounted for 25,923 direct and indirect jobs and $1,327,804,000 in crops and livestock. When factoring in the multiplier effect, agriculture was responsible $2.77 billion in Riverside County. In…

Local Food Access – A Catalyst For Vibrant Communities

One morning last September, a community engagement forum at Longfellow Elementary School had begun. The forum was a component of the Eastside HEAL Zone(Healthy Eating Active Living) initiative. Those of us working the local food access piece of the HEAL Zone initiative—Scott Berndt and I from the Riverside Food Co-op, and Lorie Brendecke from the…