California park pairs agriculture, urban life

09/14/2012 09:11:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

What’s helped Orange County Produce and this endeavor succeed is consumers’ growing interest in locally grown produce, Kawamura said. In addition, all of the park’s produce is grown organically as are about 40% of the commercial operations.

“Customers are getting more savvy,” he said.

“Growers are getting more savvy. People will find the market, and you have some really innovative producers creating a market.”

The next phase will be to convert an old canal into an integrated biofuel system and waterway. Walkways will follow the canal, and avocado and other fruit trees planted along the paths will shade visitors.

It will be fun to return in a couple of years to see how this 21st century farm and the Great Park as a whole have evolved and matured.

vboyd@thepacker.com

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