Home Town Farms® News

Home Town Farms Receives Approval to Build First Retail Farm in California

Home Town Farms Receives City Approval for Innovative Retail Farm

City of San Diego creates new Zoning Use Category called “Retail Farms”

Home Town Farms® Secures Funding for First Facility
State-of-the-art vertical urban farming system to be built in San Diego, CA.

Specialty Nutrition Group Acquires Florida Master Licensing Rights for Vertical Organic Urban Farming from Home Town Farms® LLC

Home Town Farms® and Encinitas School District are working together to bring fresh locally grown vine ripened vegetables and berries to the students and bring a Community Garden to Encinitas, CA

Local San Diego Company to Bring Organic, Farm-Fresh Vegetables and Berries to Barona Resort & Casino While Saving the Environment and Providing Local Jobs

Home Town Farms® featured at National “Slow Money” Conference

Home Town Farms® Receives Endorsement from City of San Diego

Home Town Farms® Unveils the Future of Farming at Clean Tech San Diego SCRUB

Home Town Farms® Completes San Diego Connect Springboard Program

Dan Gibbs, CEO of Home Town Farms®, Lectures at University of San Diego (USD) Masters of Science in Executive Leadership Program

UC Davis Refers Home Town Farms® to UCLA Master Students

Home Town Farms® CEO Lectures at UCSD

Home Town Farms® Wins 1st Place at DISRUPT Contest

Home Town Farms Receives Approval to Build First Retail Farm in California

December 4, 2013

In response to the growing need for healthy food, Home Town Farms, based in San Diego, California, is building the first Retail Farm with direct to consumer sales. In addition to delivering healthy food at lower prices, their innovative approach will help to build healthy communities and a healthier environment.  Today, Home Town Farms has achieved the final steps needed to begin construction of their first Retail Farm in the San Diego area.

The need for healthy organic vegetables has become increasingly evident as obesity rates in the US have continued to soar alarmingly.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 33% of American adults and 17% of children and adolescents are obese, leading to a wide variety of health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  One cause of the obesity epidemic is the food people eat, with healthy, affordable organic produce seldom available in urban areas.  Many urban areas have what are called “food deserts” in which unhealthy food is sometimes the only option.  Home Town Farms will provide a solution that will help to turn the tide of the obesity epidemic by bringing low cost healthy food to urban areas.

Lead by CEO Dan Gibbs and his partner Mike Castro, Home Town Farms has been advancing their initiatives by raising necessary capital for the first Retail Farm, by purchasing equipment, securing land, completing grading and building plans for the project, working with local and state government to receive approval for their plans and the necessary permits for construction. Home Town Farms is the first company ever to be approved to build a Retail Farm in the State of California.

Current laws and regulations were not designed to include provisions for their innovative Retail Farm which produces and sells its own organic produce in urban and city areas.  In their efforts to implement their vision for healthier food and a healthier America, Home Town Farms has found many supporters in government who have helped to progress their vision.  As the California State Assembly representative for the 76th District, Rocky Chavez supports their vision and the need for healthier fresh produce.

“The concept of creating Retail Farms in urban areas is exactly the type of forward thinking needed to address poor nutritional health in the United States. Having access to fresh, organic fruits and vegetables is essential for our communities,” Said Representative Chavez. “I applaud Dan Gibbs and Mike Castro as well as the entire Home Town Farms family on this ambitious and highly important project.”

”I am proud to have developed with my partner Mike Castro the Retail Farm model that allows us to offer affordable locally grown vine ripened organic produce directly to the people who need it the most”, said Dan Gibbs, CEO and co-founder of Home Town Farms. “Retail Farming can be done in any neighborhood including where food deserts are located. Retail Farming will help improve the health of people it serves, in addition to creating new jobs where they are needed the most.”

By utilizing vertical organic growing methods with direct to consumer sales, Home Town Farms can now grow vegetables and berries in the suburban and city environment, greatly reducing the environmental impact of food production, creating jobs, and providing great tasting, nutritious produce food at affordable prices.  As Home Town Farms grows, their positive impact will grow as well.

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Home Town Farms Receives City Approval for Innovative Retail Farm

January 31, 2013

Home Town Farms, based in San Diego, California, is developing organic, vertical, urban agriculture with a retail store that allows for direct to consumer sales. This new approach helps consumers to save money and produces fresh food that is good for the environment, good for communities, and good for your health.  Their innovative form of urban agriculture is making significant strides forward, drawing closer to the construction of their first retail farm.

Lead by CEO Dan Gibbs and his partner Mike Castro, Home Town Farms has been advancing their initiatives by raising necessary investments for the first phase of their development, purchasing equipment, securing land, completing plans for the project, and working with local government to receive approval for their plans and the necessary permits for construction. 

The Planning Commission in Vista, a city in San Diego, has now approved plans for the first Home Town Farms retail farm.  The plans were approved in a public meeting held in January 2013.  Currently Home Town Farms is continuing to work with local government officials on grading and building permits needed to begin construction. 

“We are excited Home Town Farms choose Vista for the location of their first retail farm. The opening will provide many beneficial opportunities to the city, such as new jobs and a niche market to our community,” said Mayor Judy Ritter. “Their unique vine ripened method of growing will produce nutritious produce, as well provide for environmental benefits such as saving water, and reducing fuel consumption and carbon output. We wish them well as they move through the construction process.”

“Home Town Farms, our Architect, MEP team and City officials have worked together to get the necessary code and regulation approvals to build our first retail farm,” said Dan Gibbs.  “Being the first to build a retail farm in California has been a learning lesson for all but the good news is that the hardest part is done and we are now on our way to bringing this positive change to our society.”

By utilizing vertical agriculture and organic growing methods with direct to consumer sales, Home Town Farms can grow vegetables and berries in the urban and suburban environment, greatly reducing the environmental impact of food production, creating jobs, and providing high quality food at good prices.

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City of San Diego creates new Zoning Use Category called “Retail Farms”

April 30, 2012

As a pioneer in vertical, urban, organic farming with direct to consumer sales, Home Town Farms® is paving the way for this innovative farming method to transform how vegetables and berries are grown and sold, providing quality food for a good price.  Growing food using vertical, urban, organic farming reduces consumption of fuel, water, fertilizer, and pesticides, and allows higher density food production compared to traditional agriculture, growing and selling quality organic food where consumers need it, in urban and suburban areas. 

To enable the growth of urban, organic farming, Home Town Farms® has worked with City of San Diego officials to adopt in 2012 a new Use Category in zoning regulations called “Retail Farms”, allowing greater flexibility for greater quantities of food to be grown in urban areas, and sold at the same location where it is grown.  

Most food provided in urban areas is currently grown far from the city and transported hundreds or thousands of miles to be sold.  Growing and selling food locally provides many benefits to local communities, including improved nutrition and the creation of jobs.  Urban farms can also benefit consumers who buy food directly where it is grown, or other clients such as restaurants, hospitals, schools and markets.

Talking with city officials and providing them with additional information regarding the urban farming industry, Home Town Farms® helped them understand the unique needs of urban farmers and the importance of supporting the growth of this new industry. 

Adoption of the Retail Farms zoning category will open up new areas to be used for urban farming by Home Town Farms® and others, providing greater flexibility to sell fresh low cost organic vegetables and berries where they are grown.  Home Town Farms® will continue to work with other cities to pass similar zoning codes, opening the door for the growth of this new industry providing highly efficient urban farming with direct to consumer sales.

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Home Town Farms® Secures Funding for First Facility

State-of-the-art vertical urban farming system to be built in San Diego, CA.

February 29, 2012.

(San Diego, CA)— The food we eat has a major impact on our health as well as the environment.   Home Town Farms®, LLC is creating a new way to bring healthy, low cost locally grown organic food to communities, helping people and the environment at the same time.  To advance this vision Home Town Farms has closed on a series A round of funding from notable investors, including Bill Scripps, Ted Waitt’s Avalon Capital and Greg Horn’s Specialty Nutrition Group to build their first vertical organic urban farm in San Diego CA.

“We are elated to have the backing and support of our investing partners, local businesses and community groups,” said Dan Gibbs, CEO and Co-Founder (with Mike Castro) of Home Town Farms®. “This is the beginning of a new industry that will eliminate most waste and inefficiencies out of the fresh produce supply chain, bringing healthier, lower cost food to people in urban areas while saving natural resources.”

One of the investors in Home Town Farms® is Bill Scripps of The Scripps Foundation for Science and the Environment.  “I stay very active in the Scripps Foundation, Universities and community groups, trying to help foster ways to improve people’s lives, help the environment and provide long term jobs. Home Town Farms is one of those businesses that really make a difference because it does all three”, said Scripps.

The vertical organic farming and distribution method being pioneered by Home Town Farms® for producing locally grown vine-ripened organic vegetables and berries has numerous advantages over conventional agriculture and the current distribution system.  Their vertical growing methods require 70% less land compared with traditional farming, reducing water use by 85% and reducing fertilizer use by 80%.  Growing food on far less land allows their model to work in urban and suburban areas where land is precious, bringing high quality food production into the city where it is needed.

“Food is a half-trillion-dollar segment of our economy ripe for innovation, and Home Town Farms® brings fresh, local, organically grown food directly to your home town,” said Greg Horn of Specialty Nutrition Group and former CEO of General Nutrition Centers and Garden of Life, and one of the investors in Home Town Farms.  “By locating the retail store right at the state-of-the-art greenhouse where the food is grown, each Home Town Farms location is essentially a farmer’s market open every day of the year.”

Eliminating long distance food distribution reduces fuel consumption and greenhouse gas production by as much as 90%.  By reducing consumption of water, fertilizer and fuel, healthy organic food can be produced locally for lower costs and create good jobs as well.  Producing low cost and high quality berries and vegetables in the city, Home Town Farms® can sell directly to consumers at the location as well as selling to local restaurants, schools, hospitals, and other retail and wholesale food outlets.

"We are excited to be involved with Home Town Farms®," said Avalon Capital Group, Inc. the wholly owned private investment company of Ted Waitt, co-founder of Gateway Inc., located in San Diego CA. "We believe in the disruptive nature of Home Town Farms direct to consumer model delivering affordable, healthy produce and berries through a supply chain model that is efficient, highly scalable and good for the planet. In many ways it reminds us of the success we had at Gateway with the same direct to consumer model.”

ABOUT HOME TOWN FARMS®, LLC

Home Town Farms® is an energy efficient urban farming, distribution and retail business. The company’s model combines proven and profitable high efficiency vertical growing systems that drastically reduces the amount of water, fuel, land, fertilizer, processing and transportation needed to grow and sell produce, plus makes the produce available for sale at the same high-traffic urban location where it is grown. For Home Town Farms information, visit www.hometownfarms.com or call 858-248-9369.

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Specialty Nutrition Group Acquires Florida Master Licensing Rights for Vertical Organic Urban Farming from Home Town Farms® LLC

Vertical Urban Farming Delivers Healthy Affordable Food and Green Jobs

April 8th, 2011

(SAN DIEGO, CA)-- Home Town Farms® LLC, a company introducing commercial vertical organic urban farming to the United States, has entered into an agreement with Specialty Nutrition Group (SNG) for the master licensing rights to the State of Florida.

Home Town Farms® is a leader in the emerging field of vertical organic urban farming, providing an integrated food growing system to grow and sell fresh, nutritious food in urban areas. This is a refreshing alternative to our industrial food production and distribution system, providing large quantities of healthier more nutritious locally grown food at more affordable prices. The rising cost of food is a growing issue for millions. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said a record 40 million Americans, or 1 in 8, may not be able to eat without government assistance. By making healthy food available at lower prices, Home Town Farms® hopes to fight the rising tide of obesity and diabetes in children and adults.

The Home Town Farms® system is both efficient and environmentally friendly, using 85% less water, 80% less fertilizer, only 30% of the space and none of the pesticides or herbicides of conventional farms. Because it is right in town and customers buy directly from the farm, Home Town Farms® provides local jobs, and improved food quality and security. Reducing the use of increasingly costly resources like oil also reduces the cost of production and transportation, reducing the cost of organic vegetables and berries for consumers.

“We believe that vertical organic urban farming will provide more nutritious, better tasting food, local jobs and save natural resources while improving the environment,” said Dan Gibbs, CEO and co-founder of Home Town Farms®. “We are very pleased that a leader in the nutrition industry like Greg Horn shares our vision and is committed to doing business with Home Town Farms®, helping to make commercial vertical organic urban farming a reality in our country.”

“The supply chain for the food that sustains us is simply unsustainable,” said Greg Horn, CEO of SNG. “Our daily food often travels thousands of miles just to reach our plates, relying on complex logistics and expensive fossil fuels. This is not only bad for the environment – it exposes our food security to disruptions in the global logistics chain. Growing food closer to where it is consumed is the long-term solution.” Horn continued, “Food is a half-trillion-dollar segment of our economy ripe for innovation, and urban farming will play an important role in the future of food: Fresher, cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable food grown right in our home towns. We look forward to working with Home Town Farms® to bring this revolutionary food production system to the State of Florida.”

By integrating the technologies to make urban farming practical, and the customer-direct business model to make it affordable, Home Town Farms® will continue working to bring vertical, organic, urban farming to cities across the United States.

ABOUT SPECIALTY NUTRITION GROUP & GREG HORN

Specialty Nutrition Group (SNG) is a leading nutrition technology commercialization firm. SNG has invented and commercialized some of the best-selling functional foods, beverages and ingredients in the natural products industry. Nutrition products commercialized by SNG principals sold approximately $1.1 billion last year.

Greg Horn is the co-founder and CEO of SNG. Greg has served as turnaround CEO of Garden of Life, an innovative organic food and nutrition supplements company, and General Nutrition Centers (GNC), the world’s largest health and nutrition retailer where he was instrumental in building the GNC brand and in expanding the company from $400 million to $1.5 billion in revenue over his 11 years in management. Following the acquisition of GNC by Royal Numico, he was Chairman of Royal Numico’s North American Executive Committee, which had oversight for all the company’s $2.5 billion specialty retail, mass market, and direct selling operations in North America. http://www.greghorn.com

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Home Town Farms® and Encinitas School District are working together to bring fresh locally grown vine ripened vegetables and berries to the students and bring a Community Garden to Encinitas, CA

October 26th, 2010

A Community Garden Committee, appointed by the Encinitas City Council and made up of community volunteers, has been working for over a year to site a community garden in Encinitas. Through a cooperative venture of the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) and Home Town Farms®, the City of Encinitas will finally get a Community Garden. On June 29th the EUSD approved the proposal to allot five (5) acres of school district property on Quail Gardens Drive to be used as a community garden and a vertical growing farm.

Gordon Smith, the chair of the Community Garden Committee and Dan Gibbs, CEO of Home Town Farms® approached the School District with their proposal to have a joint community garden and vertical growing farm on the school district site. Home Town Farms® will grow and supply vegetables and berries for the school district’s food service program. EUSD Superintendent Tim Baird was enthusiastic about the proposal and presented it to the School Board for their review and approval. The School Board voted 4-1 for the EUSD Farm and to put a bond initiative on the November ballot to create a learning center on the property.

Under a plan conceived by the school district administration, community garden committee and Home Town Farms®, www.hometownfarms.com, the community garden will be given property to create the garden on the site on Quail Gardens Drive. Once the plan is finalized, it will go to the EUSD board for final approval.

For more information or to volunteer assistance with the many facets of building a Community Garden, please e-mail the Committee at: encinitascommunitygarden@gmail.com 

Contribute to the community garden blog at: http://encinitascommunitygarden.blogspot.com

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Local San Diego Company to Bring Organic, Farm-Fresh Vegetables and Berries to Barona Resort & Casino While Saving the Environment and Providing Local Jobs

September 27, 2010

(SAN DIEGO, CA)-- Home Town Farms®, a local company introducing commercial vertical organic urban farming to San Diego, has received a letter of intent from Barona Resort & Casino to supply them with locally grown produce.

"We believe that vertical organic urban farming will provide more nutritious better tasting food, local jobs and save natural resources while improving the environment," said Dan Gibbs, CEO and co-founder. "We are very pleased that Barona, a well respected organization that does so much for San Diego, shares our vision and are committed to doing business with Home Town Farms®.

Barona is interested in buying the freshest, most nutrient-rich, locally grown organic produce. The award-winning casino resort has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council, San Diego Earthworks and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others, for its work on greening the organization. Home Town Farms® will add another component to those programs by providing the most environmentally friendly, locally grown organic vine ripened vegetables and berries at the volume, quality and pricing needed by large organizations.

Barona is committed to providing our guests with the highest quality food in all of our award-winning restaurants," said Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort & Casino. "We are excited about our relationship with Home Town Farms and their unique approach to growing produce."

Home Town Farms® combines proven growing technologies in such a way that they drastically reduce the amount of water, fuel, fertilizer, packaging and land that traditional farms use to grow the same amount of food. The growing system saves on average 85% of the water, 80% of the fertilizer and only uses 1/6th the land compared with traditional farming and because the produce will be consumed close to where it is grown, it will reduces fuel consumption and carbon output by about 90%.

Home Town Farms® is working to eliminate the cost of transporting produce hundreds if not thousands of miles by establishing commercial vertical organic urban farms in densely populated areas of the city with direct to consumer sales on location where the food is grown. The produce will be available for retail purchase, in addition to wholesale sales to local markets, restaurants, schools, hospitals and grocery stores.

ABOUT HOME TOWN FARMS® LLC

For Home Town Farms® information, visit www.hometownfarms.com or call 858-248-9369. You can also watch a 4 minute video here

ABOUT BARONA RESORT & CASINO

Barona Resort & Casino blends the best of San Diego's most elegant resorts with the gaming excitement of Las Vegas. Gold LEED-EB certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, is San Diego's leading destination resort featuring 400 luxury guest rooms and suites, a variety of award-winning dining options, the AmBience Day Spa, a full-service events center and the 18-hole championship Barona Creek Golf Club, rated the 3rdbest resort course in California by Golfweek magazine.

For Barona Resort & Casino reservations and information, visit www.barona.com, or call toll free 888-7-BARONA (722-7662).

You can also join Barona on Facebook, Twitter and the Barona Casino blog.

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Home Town Farms® featured at National “Slow Money” Conference

June 11th, 2010

Slow Money, a pioneer in philanthropic investing nationwide, invited Home Town Farms® to present at the 2010 “Entrepreneur Showcase” as part of their national conference. This event offered Home Town Farms an opportunity to showcase its business model and bring awareness about the financial, environmental and health benefits of affordable, organic, locally grown produce. With the advent of Home Town Farms®, companies, communities and organizations now have a sustainable and economically viable choice from which to buy locally grown, vine ripened produce. Home Town Farms’® presentation was very well received by the hundreds of investors and Slow Money advocates interested in bringing this concept to their communities.

Slow Money is a nonprofit organization dedicated to forging a new future through sustainability education, creating social enterprises and strengthening local food systems. The 2010 Slow Money was held at Shelburne Farms, a working farm and forest and National Historic Landmark -- a setting uniquely imbued with the history of capitalism. http://www.slowmoneyalliance.org/national-gathering.html

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Home Town Farms® Receives Endorsement from City of San Diego

May 24, 2010

Home Town Farms®, a pioneer in developing locally grown, sustainable, organic urban farming, received an additional municipal endorsement today with a letter of support from the City of San Diego. Jacques Chirazi, Clean Tech Manager for the City of San Diego stated, “On Behalf of the City of San Diego, it is my pleasure to offer our support to Home Town Farms®, a company that focuses on the commercialization of vertical organic urban farming in the San Diego region”. The letter from the City also states that local experts and Scientists are concerned about the sustainability of our current food system and that Home Town Farms’® model is an important part of the solution.

It is estimated that by 2050, close to 80% of the worlds population will live in urban areas and the total global population will increase by 3 billion to approximately 9.6 billion people. Growing urban populations will put increasing pressure on our food and energy resources and, as a result, many people will be paying a lot more for food. This concern will be especially acute for lower income communities unless we act now to bring locally and sustainably grown produce to urban centers. Even without this anticipated population growth, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently stated that a record 40 million Americans, or 1 in 8 people, may not be able to eat without government assistance.

Home Town Farms® is dedicated to addressing the problem of access to low cost, healthy food by increasing the availability of sustainable, locally-grown, high quality, affordable ripened produce through its network of urban farms. Home Town Farms®’ solution conserves natural resources, reduces pollution and provides local jobs – today!

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Home Town Farms® Unveils the Future of Farming at Clean Tech San Diego SCRUB

May 12, 2010

Home Town Farms® was selected to present at the May 2010 CleanTECH San Diego SCRUB event, where Dan Gibbs, Home Town Farms’® CEO described the need for urban vertical farming in this region and his company’s plans to bring a new model of locally grown, affordable and sustainable produce to our communities.

CleanTECH San Diego acknowledged Home Town Farms’® vision because our model saves on average 85% of the water, 80% of the fertilizer and reduces fuel consumption and carbon out put by 90% compared to traditionally grown and transported produce. Local investors and economic development experts are also interested in our business model because it provides local green jobs that stay local.

The CleanTECH Scrub is an opportunity for a small group of pre-screened early stage clean tech companies to present their business case to a group of CleanTECH Board members, primarily comprised of the Capital Formation and Science and Technology Committees. CleanTECH San Diego is a non-profit membership organization formed to accelerate San Diego as a world leader in the clean technology economy. http://www.cleantechsandiego.org/index.php

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Home Town Farms® Completes San Diego Connect Springboard Program

May 5, 2010

Home Town Farms® completed Connect’s flag ship program Springboard, designed to help prepare start-ups companies for funding. To graduate from Springboard a company goes through a rigorous process including an in-depth marketing, financial and operational review in front of a panel judges comprised of local business experts.

Dan Gibbs, CEO of Home Town Farms® said, “this was a big accomplishment and brings us one step closer to opening the first commercial vertical organic urban farm in San Diego. Home Town Farms® method of commercial vertical organic urban farming combined with densely populated urban locations will save on average 85% of the water 80% of the fertilizer and only uses 1/6th the land plus because of location reduces fuel consumption and carbon out put by about 90% compared to traditional farming and transportation. Home Town Farms® is also committed to being a source of local jobs.”

Ruprecht von Buttlar Director, Business Creation & Development, CONNECT commented,  “Home Town Farms® has successfully completed the CONNECT Springboard program. The company has developed a highly compelling value proposition that addresses the need for clean, healthy food supplies at lower cost.” As a graduate from the Springboard program, Home Town Farms® now has additional opportunities to meet investors through CONNECT’s Venture Roundtable programs, the CONNECT Deal Network and potentially through CONNECT’s close relationship with the Tech Coast Angels (TCA).  http://www.connect.org/

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Dan Gibbs, CEO of Home Town Farms®, Lectures at University of San Diego (USD) Masters of Science in Executive Leadership Program

April 22, 2010

Dan Gibbs, CEO and co-founder of Home Town Farms® was asked to present at USD Masters of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL) program. The theme of the lecture centered on "Underlying every successful entrepreneurial venture are some key elements: an opportunity, an idea, visionary founder(s) and a plan.” How these elements are nurtured and artfully integrated spells success or disaster. MSEL teamed Professor Del Foit from UCSD Rady School of Management with Dan Gibbs. Professor Foit presented the academic point and Dan presented how it is successfully done in real life, as well as demonstrated how commercial urban farming can successfully improve the existing farming system,  making it more environmentally friendly and at the same time profitable.

MSEL is an alliance between the University of San Diego School of Business Administration and The Ken Blanchard Companies, the MSEL degree blends the development of key leadership skills with core elements of the traditional MBA. This program satisfies those who seek a personal development experience that emphasizes the leadership functions of motivating and developing people and organizations over the administrative responsibilities of maximizing work-unit efficiencies or technical elegance. http://www.sandiego.edu/business/programs/graduate/leadership/executive_leadership/

Professor Foit is a successful entrepreneur and award-winning business school instructor. Del has coached dozens of new businesses and hundreds of business school students through this process. Dan Gibbs, has over 30 years of experience as an Entrepreneur, Board member, CEO, VP and business development expert. Dan was a Co-Inventor of the Self Heating Container technology and served as Vice President of Business Development for OnTech Inc. which was named, Fortune magazine one of the top 25 breakout companies of the year while Dan was there. Dan was also CEO of Gold Mine Natural Foods and is named on numerous utility patent claims issued in over 35 countries.

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UC Davis Refers Home Town Farms® to UCLA Master Students

December 1, 2009

UCLA's MBA program contacted Home Town Farms® for information and assistance on putting together a project for the city of Los Angeles that requires the creation of a real estate development proposal for a four acre parcel of land in downtown Los Angles. This project is actually framed as a case competition - were the UCLA Master students are competing against a team from USC to see who can develop the most effective and comprehensive plan for the site. The city is keen on protecting industrial land, and the team from UCLA believes that an urban farming development is an ideal use for this site.

Home Town Farms® provide key insights and information that helped the UCLA Master students successfully complete their proposal for the City of Los Angles project. Home Town Farms® was highlighted and acknowledged in the report.

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Home Town Farms® CEO Lectures at UCSD

November 17, 2009

Dan Gibbs CEO and Co-Founder of Home Town Farms® was asked by Lisa Shaffer, Executive Director of UCSD Sustainability Solutions, to lecture at the University. The topic of the lecture was how commercial vertical organic urban farming improves our foods production and distribution system plus how to create an environmentally friendly business that is profitable.

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Home Town Farms® Wins 1st Place at DISRUPT Contest

October 24, 2009

Home Town Farms® won 1st place at the DISRUPT contest, sponsored by the ECO-Investment Club of San Diego. The purpose of the contest was to find the most disruptive technology or business model that would make a substantial improvement to the environment and society. The Judges included local entrepreneurs and investors, deemed that Home Town Farms’® model of commercial vertical organic urban farming offered the greatest improvement and benefits. Commercial Urban Farming offers new options to people and businesses who want to buy locally grown vine ripened organic produce.

The DISRUPT contest was held at the 2009 MTS Kick Gas Festival at Qualcomm Stadium where the latest in electric cars and energy saving devices are showcased to the public as well as tips for making your life more green. The Eco Investment Club, an internationally recognized platform, was created in order to foster a local, personal environment in which to bring Ecopreneurs and Eco Investors together to build understanding, foster communication, and encourage Eco-Investing.

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