Agriculture / Community Gardens

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-B01 - The Future of Food in Our Landscapes: Growing Community

Friday, October 19
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 117


Agrihoods—communities organized around food production—offer progressive models for integrating productive landscapes into the fabric of our growing urban regions. This session examines built examples to understand the challenges and opportunities in creating synergistic relationships between communities and agricultural production through planning, landscape design, and operational models.

Learning Objectives:

Amaya Genaro

Director Community Services
Rancho Mission Viejo

Amaya has 25 years of community association experience integrating governance, amenities and programs to
create lifestyle-enriched master plan communities throughout Southern California and Arizona. She currently leads
the Community Life team at Rancho Mission Viejo, where she oversees and implements the operations of lifestyle
services and programs.

Rancho Mission Viejo is bringing to life a community that challenges the status quo by integrating Age Qualified neighborhoods and All Age neighborhoods with an overlay of ageless amenity design and programming. The “Agrihood” program and a communal approach to farming have continued to gain momentum with a community following of all ages.


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Daron Farmer D Joffe

Farmer D Consulting

Daron “Farmer D” Joffe is a nationally recognized biodynamic farmer, educator, consultant, speaker and entrepreneur and is the author of the acclaimed book Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities and Give Back to the Earth. He is the founder of Farmer D Consulting and has spent the past 20+ years designing and building community farms and gardens all over the country for agrihood communities, resorts, spas, hospitals, non-profits, schools, cities and private landowners.

Daron “Farmer D” Joffe
Founder and CEO, Farmer D Consulting


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Andrew Watkins, ASLA, AIA

SWA Group

Andrew Watkins is an architect, planner and urban designer whose work focuses on large-scale urban design projects that explore the confluence of ecology and urbanism. Andrew’s practice focuses on community planning with an emphasis on placemaking and high-quality public realms, whether in green-field development or urban/suburban revitalization. Andrew’s recent projects explore ways of connecting development and agriculture, both integrating food production into residential communities and strategizing how development can sensitively support rural, agrarian economies.


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Natasha Harkison, ASLA

SWA Group

Natasha is a designer and planner whose work advocates for public space and place-making initiatives as drivers for urban transformation. Natasha has planned, designed, and managed projects that envision vibrant agricultural communities, and she believes that agriculture and food lie at the heart of the human way of life. Her vision within each project is to integrate characteristics of human-centered design with productive, agricultural landscapes - fostering sustainability, economic viability, and resilient, beautiful public environments.


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FRI-B01 - The Future of Food in Our Landscapes: Growing Community

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