Escondido is where opportunity is within reach. Two exciting economic sectors convene as the City supports AgTech companies.

Rich in Agriculture, Ripe in Technology

The City of Escondido supports Agriculture and AgTech through various policies and programs. Currently, the city is exploring the potential use of a vacant, city-owned building for an AgTech incubator with UC ANR and other partners. Please submit your feedback and comments to us here

Introducing Escondido AgX

The City of Escondido worked with a branding agency to come up with a name and logo for this regional initiative. Escondido AgX embodies the future of Agriculture in our City and the Southern California region. X represents the variable that agriculture needs to support the future of farmers and food. Technologists, scientists, and agriculture experts are working throughout the region to move the future of agriculture forward through technology. Escondido AgX initiative website coming soon. 

Escondido AgX Logo

City of Escondido Agriculture and Technology data

Upcoming Events:

Quarterly AgTech Meetup at The Churchill House 140 West 3rd Ave, Escondido, CA 92025 Tuesday, January 30 

Escondido AgX Startup Hackathon Thursday, March 7 - Saturday, March 9

Past Events: 

San Diego Farm and Nursery Expo event November 2, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Escondido AgTech Gathering event November 2, 2023 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

August 17, 2023, 3-6pm Quarterly AgTech Meetup at The Churchill House 140 West 3rd Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

May 2, 2023, 3-6pm Quarterly AgTech Meetup at The Churchill House 140 West 3rd Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

January 19, 2023, 3-6pm Quarterly AgTech Meetup at The Churchill House 140 West 3rd Ave, Escondido, CA 92025; networking, fireside chat with founders and mentorship roundtables

October 21-23, 2022 Escondido AgTech Startup Hackathon Event Recap

The inaugural Escondido AgTech Startup Hackathon was held 10/21-10/23 and was honored by the County Supervisor's office with a proclamation presented by Supervisor Jim Desmond to the City and partner organization Fresh Brewed Tech declaring 10/21 through 10/23 as AgTech Startup Hackathon weekend throughout San Diego County. The proclamation will be added to the display case in the foyer of the council chambers.  

The target number of registrants for the weekend was 100 total participants for any of the three events: Friday night social, weekend-long hackathon, and the Sunday pitch event. The final number of registrants was 201, exceeding our goal by double. 


There were 12 ideas proposed at the beginning of the hackathon on Friday evening, and 3 teams pitched at the final event on Sunday. The winning team was Microbe Grow led by local farmer, Eddie Grangetto, and included Ying Sun of the Salk Institute, Cale Lackey of Fain Drilling, and Stuart Compton, a veteran and an avocado grower.


As the City explores the use of 455 N. Quince St. for the AgTech Incbutor, here is a vimeo video that features Dr. Oli Bachie from UC COOP and UC ANR talking about the possibilities of the space: At the event, the Mayor presented a proclamation to Dr. Bachie for his work and dedication to the agricultural community and for his volunteer time over the weekend and vision for exploring the possibility of an agtech incubator.


A full list of exhibitors, mentors, judges, food providers, speakers, and hackathon team winners can be found here: 


The winning team was honored on Friday 10/28 at the San Diego Startup Week Startup Awards & Closing Reception/Expo 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at San Diego Tech Center by Alexandria, 9605 Scranton Rd, San Diego, CA 92121



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Next Steps: 

    We will continue to engage the community through quarterly agtech meetups in Escondido. 
  • City staff is in the process of a highest and best use study of the properties and adjacent properties in collaboration with NCTD. City staff is engaged in connecting the City of Escondido and Southern California with state and global networks to support local farmers and agriculture technologists

Virtual Tour and Visioning of 455 Quince St. by Dr. Oli Bachie: