Posted by on March 3, 2019

The Orange County Convention Center is a proud leader in innovative urban agriculture. In partnership with Centerplate, the freshest vegetables and herbs are prepared daily for clients from their very own Center-to-Table Gardens. Located in the Westwood Lobby, the 2,000 sq. ft. aeroponic gardens yield edible greens grown on property in an all-natural, chemical-free environment.

 

 

 

In 2014 Orange County Government published the “Our Home for Life” sustainability plan. Community, Natural Resources, Mobility, Built Environment, Arts & Culture, Education, and Civic Engagement were singled out as focus areas for the coming years. The Orange County Convention Center presents their commitment to this plan, in plain view of the public and the visitors to their facility. Specifically, the gardens are a tangible example of the goal to improve access to healthy food choices, connect individuals with nature, and teach the value of the environment.

 

 

A total of 81 towers with 44 planting spots on each tower produce ingredients for many of the meals that are prepared at the Convention Center. Plants are grown in scheduled increments, allowing for harvest according to demand. Therefore, all 81 towers continuously grow plants at various stages.

 

Plants grown in the Center-to-Table Gardens include:
Kale, rainbow chard, basil, bok choy, celery, peppers, spinach, edible flowers, lettuce, herbs.

 

Read more about the future of urban farms, gardens, and urban planning in the Food Travel issue of Destinations Travel & Lifestyles – HERE!

 Create Your Own
Agritraction
With Hydroponics!

Clean, aesthetically beautiful, low maintenance, multi-functional, a focal point for visitors and ecologically responsible. Edible, too!

AGRITRACTIONS!

Agritourism Destinations are among some of the latest trends in travel. Forward-thinking Tourism Professionals and Community Planners are coming up with new ways to fuel the ever-growing public curiosity and demand for more Agritourism. From planting hydroponic gardens for patrons to enjoy tower-to-table fresh produce, to scene-setting vertical gardens for ambience and aesthetics, restaurant, wineries, resorts, event centers – even airports – are creating their own agritractions.

CHEF'S GARDEN
Add an Urban Garden or Agritraction
In many states, like Colorado, demand for “locally grown” far exceeds supply as 97% of leafy greens, consumed annually, are imported from out of state. (California, Arizona). This demand – especially in densely populated cities – creates its own dilemmas as many downtown, overcrowded areas are miles from any local producer. So forward-thinking restaurateurs are growing their own - and treating patrons to the enjoyable ambience of 'sitting in a garden'! From garden-side, to patio-centered and even rooftop gardens, these forward-thinking chefs and restaurant owners provide their patrons with local, organic, sustainable and overall responsible produce procurement - which their patrons can actually see!

But it's not just restaurants that are providing this 'agritainment'. It is wineries, breweries, beer gardens, convention centers, shopping malls...and even grocery stores with in-store cafes. How? More ...

COMMUNITY GARDENS
Want to create an Agritopian Community Garden? Many schools, restaurants, senior centers, retirement communities, and nonprofits use the Community Garden to attract, engage, and inspire communities. More...

SCHOOLS
Interested in offering your regional schools the learning experiences from a Gardening Curriculum, with more than 30 lesson plans and learning materials, integrating it into your curriculum? More…

AGRITRACTIONS
Interested in adding an Agritourism Destination for visitors or creating a new Agritraction? Forward-thinking Tourism Professionals and Community Planners are coming up with new ways to fuel the ever-growing public curiosity and demand for more Agritourism. Want to grow a greater future (and a healthy profit)? More...

It's NOT just a HAYRIDE Around A Farm or Orchard anymore!

Our Creative Team and Editor have been working closely with a variety of clients, as consultants, helping them develop their own agritourism destinations from their own local resources. From small add-on features for an existing site… or developing new branding and concepts - they have come up with pretty impressive concepts.

If you would like to connect with them to see what they can do to assist you, contact them using the form below.