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A Recipe for Tomorrow

Feeding a planet of 9 billion won't be easy, but it is possible

WIRED Magazine November 2016 by Hillary Rosner

Problem: Low yield

Farmers will need to produce more food on less land especially in the developing world.

Solution: Money, Seeds, and poop​

Seeds bred or engineered for specific soil and climate types and to resist pests or diseases will be key, as will business solutions​ like One Acre Fund's combination of fertilizer, finance, and training. You get a big hit just by raising worldwide yields for 16 crops. And then you can stop turning forests into farms.

Problem: Waste

For every 100 calories of food grown, people eat only about 35 calories.

Solution: Sensors and apps

Instead of arbitrary sell-by dates, how about biochemical bacteria monitors so people don't trash good food? Apps can pair extra food with those who need it. University cafeterias are ditching trays, leading to a 50 percent drop in waste. Oh, and hey: Eat less meat. That'll let farms grow food for people instead of cows. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE on []


This Indoor Farm Can Bring Fresh Produce

to Food Deserts

ALMONDS GOT THE brunt of the bad press, but they hardly deserve all the blame for California’s water woes. Sure, it’s worth considering how to minimize your water footprint, and forgoing your daily handful of almonds in solidarity with the parched earth couldn’t hurt. But considering how widespread the water crisis is, and the fact that agriculture is responsible for 80 percent of the country’s water consumption, the more crucial question to be asking now... is what can be done to fundamentally change the way our food gets made? CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE []

Plant Sales

We’d like to extend our thanks to the community for supporting the Orange Coast College Horticulture Program!

The Orange Coast College Horticulture department hosts three Plant Sales each year. The Spring sale is held the end of April beginning of May; the Fall sale is held the first week in October; and the Poinsettia Sale is held the first week of December. As the plant sales get closer we will post exact dates and times.

We have become known for our offerings of poinsettias, perennial vegetables, and heirloom annual edib​les. We also continue to expand our selection of California natives, drought tolerant plants, herbs, and unusual plants of all types. We grow 100% of our own plants, with our student club, volunteers, classes, faculty and staff all pitching in to provide the labor. Plants are selected to do well in the local climate and all plants have been grown using sustainable practices. All proceeds will help support Orange Coast College’s Horticulture Program and student scholarships.

Sales are held in our nursery located at the Horticulture Department, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 . Parking is limited so please plan to park in the Adams Avenue parking lot and walk to the sale area. When you’re done shopping, we’ll hold your plants for you so you can drive up to the horticulture department and we will help you load your selections.

Horticulture Department Email Notifications Signup

Please complete and submit your request to if you would like to be notified of our upcoming events including our three plant sales. We will not send out more than 4 notices per year.

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Corpse Flower

Blooming is a rare occurrence for the corpse flower; the last time it happened in Orange County was ​in 2014. It could be decades before OCC’s plant blooms again.

The flower is famous for its noxious odor, which has been compared to rotting flesh. But the terrible smell lasts only for 24 to 48 hours while the plant is blooming, according to OCC horticulture instructor Joe Stead.​​

Stead has been nurturing OCC’s pair of plants since 2006 when the seedlings arrived from Huntington Botanical Gardens. He hopes to pollinate OCC’s blossom with frozen pollen or harvest the pollen from OCC’s plant for the future.

The species is considered endangered, but OCC’s Horticulture Department, Huntington Botanical Gardens and Fullerton Arboretum are working together to propagate new plants. The plants have both male and female flowers, but they will not self-pollinate. The blossom’s strong odor works to attract pollinators in the jungle, Stead explained.

OCC will follow the tradition of naming the plant when it blooms. The Coast plant will be known as “Little John,” a play on the ironic name of the Robin Hood character and in honor of John Lenanton, a horticulture professor at OCC for more than 40 years.