LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/08/13 -- Seedstock today announced that Thaddeus Barsotti, co-CEO of Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic, will deliver the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference -- Farming: Fundamentals and the Future. The program, to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5-6, 2013, will explore solutions and business models with the potential to assist local producers in increasing their presence in the supply chain.
Born on his family's Sacramento-area farm, one of the first in Yolo County to be certified organic, Barsotti grew up imbued with the philosophy of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). He holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and, as the company's chief farmer, heads up farm management in growing and maintaining over 60 types (130 varieties) of fruit and vegetable crops on the company's farm operations in Capay Valley and Imperial and Ventura counties.
Barsotti's parents began farming in 1976, selling produce at farmers markets in the Bay Area and, ultimately, co-founding the well-known Davis Farmers Market. His mother, Kathy, started the Farm Fresh To You CSA program in 1992 which has grown to feed thousands of California families in Northern and Southern California, delivering local, fresh, organic produce to homes and offices. Today, Barsotti co-owns and runs the family business with his brothers, Freeman Barsotti and Noah Barnes.
"Thaddeus Barsotti is a passionate advocate for local and sustainable food systems," said Seedstock co-founder, Robert Puro. "We are delighted that he, as an industry expert, will be sharing his insights with our conference audience on the progressive change needed to organically sustain a growing, global population."
Day 1 of the Seedstock event offers a Sustainable Farm Field Trip. On Day 2, attendees will convene at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles for a series of discussion panels addressing the economic opportunities and environmental and societal benefits of embracing, developing, and investing in sustainable farms, practices, technologies, and start-up companies.
For additional information and to purchase early bird tickets, please visit conference.seedstock.com.
For sponsorship opportunities, please send inquiries to: sponsor [at] seedstock [dot] com. If you are interested in participating as a conference speaker, please send your request to: participant [at] seedstock [dot] com
Seedstock is a social venture focused on innovation and sustainability in agriculture. Through the use of a variety of tools, including the news and information blog Seedstock (Seedstock.com) and live events, the company promotes agricultural startup companies, university research, urban agriculture initiatives, and farmers employing innovative new techniques and approaches.
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