The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to present -

Where Will Your Food Come From?

An Orange County Perspective on Urban and Home Food Production


Discussions with Agriculture Community Leaders



Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 10:30 a.m.


A. G. Kawamura will present a macro view of our evolving food system:

A.G. Kawamura is a 3rd generation urban farmer from California and the founder of Solutions for Urban Agriculture - a non-profit focused on innovative and scalable agricultural systems.  He is also the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010). As co-chair of Solutions From the Land, he has worked to promote innovative strategies for sustainable agricultural systems, including the formation of the North American Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture. Among other boards and committees that he serves on, he is a former chair and current board member of Western Growers Association. Through Solutions for Urban Agriculture, he is engaged in building an exciting, interactive 21st century 70-acre agricultural showcase at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.


Jordan Perkins will present an urban agriculture primer:

Jordan currently serves as executive director for Solutions for Urban Agriculture (SFUA), a non-profit focused on innovative and scalable agricultural systems.  Prior to working with SFUA, Jordan managed a variety of projects and programs for both the public and private sectors. He was previously an agricultural project manager for the environmental consulting firm Dudek.  As the urban agriculture projects and program officer for the Orange County Great Park, he planned and implemented an impressive complement of cutting edge, community-based programs that continue to give back to the community to this day. In addition to his work at SFUA, Jordan continues to work part time as an associate for the law firm of Wallin & Russell LLP.


Teena Spindler will present on the joy and health benefits of growing delicious food at home:

Teena Spindler has been a University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener since 2005 and an avid home gardener since she was eight years old. She currently lives and gardens on two-thirds of an acre in Irvine. Her gardening areas of interest/knowledge are roses, plant propagation and greenhouse gardening, vegetable gardening, fruit trees, bulbs, perennials, school gardens, and drought tolerant/native plant gardening. Teena is one of the hosts of the weekly radio show 'In the Garden with UC Master Gardeners' on KUCI FM. In 2012, she was asked to be the 'Gardeniere' representing the Western US for for Scotts Miracle Gro and Home Depot appearing in 'how to' videos on gardening topics. She is also a docent at Centennial Farm at the Orange County Fairgrounds, as well as a volunteer at various Master Gardener venues. Teena shares her gardening experiences and tips on her blog and Facebook page, Thyme to Grow.


At the conclusion of the presentations on Tuesday, August 8th, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum staff will provide attendees a guided tour of the "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" traveling exhibit currently located in the Library's Special Exhibit Gallery.


On June 17, 2017, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum opened a new exhibition from the National Archives, on the Government's effect on the American diet. We demand that our Government ensure that it is safe, cheap, and abundant. In response, Government has been a factor in the production, regulation, research, innovation, and economics of our food supply. It has also attempted, with varying success, to change the eating habits of Americans. From the farm to the dinner table, explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government's effect on what Americans eat in this fascinating and entertaining exhibition. 

This exhibit runs through August 13, 2017.


The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

The Nixon Presidential Library recently reopened the museum after a $15 million redesign of the permanent gallery. Guests can now experience a state-of-the-art learning environment that inspires critical thinking about the life and career of our 37th President and his era.



The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is one of 13 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is open year round with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Museum is fully handicapped accessible.

For more information about museum visitor hours and researcher hours, call 714-983-9120 or go to www.nixonlibrary.gov.


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