Barry Broome – an economic development expert – has been in Sacramento since the beginning of last year, encouraging a shift toward homegrown produce, focusing on building up agricultural, food and water industries that are already solid in the region. As Sacramento’s first ever CEO of the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, some examples of this work over the last couple of years since he started include: getting a Chinese biomedical company, a Tampa email management system developer and a New York watercraft manufacturer on board.
It seems from the above accomplishments that homegrown has actually not been the focus. Responding to this, Broome argued that Sacramento is still able to develop industries from the bottom up in agricultural technology and in any case, putting a homegrown strategy in practice takes a while to fully develop in a place where there are few venture capital firms. So for now, Broome said, Sacramento should be able to gain success by “snagging companies from other cities.”
said he still believes the region can build industries from the ground up in fields such as agriculture technology. But the homegrown strategy will take quite a while to gain traction in a community where essential ingredients such as venture capital firms are still scarce.
In the meantime, Broome said Sacramento can generate significant success by snagging companies from other cities. The Bay Area is one example that has small technological firms looking to reduce costs while remaining in California.
But some of Sacramento’s residents are doing it for themselves as it were. Kristy and Mike Fitzgerald – from East Sacramento – transformed part of their backyard into a “kitchen garden,” with the assistance of “five large galvanized-steel horse troughs,” based on troughs she had seen at a wine country restaurant used as planters which gave her – an architect who was responsible for much of the design – the idea.
Based on what the Fitzgeralds are doing, others in Sacramento might follow suit with their own trough gardening, since this coming Saturday their backyard is going to be one of 6 examples of “how food plants can fit into attractive landscapes during the East Sacramento Edible Gardens Tour,” the fifth of its kind.
All of this could be extremely beneficial to the region, especially since the Californian drought situation is over and water rules are more relaxed now. And of course, it’s in line with Broome’s original goals for Sacramento.