Celebrating Women Leaders In Urban Ag | AgLanta Conference 2019
Happy International Women’s Day 2019!
In case you missed it, the theme this year is “think equal, build smart, innovate for change”, putting science, technology and sustainable innovation at the forefront of the gender equality movement for 2019.
To quote the United Nations: “Achieving a gender-equal world requires social innovations that work for both women and men and leave no one behind… Innovation can take the race for gender equality to its finishing line by 2030.”
Like all too many industries, the urban and controlled environment agriculture industry still has a long way to go to reach gender equality, and the responsibility rests with all those involved to recognize the inequalities that exist and take measures that actively address these imbalances. As a movement that strives for sustainable innovations to address the critical food, energy and water challenges across the planet, it is imperative that the movement itself constantly aspires internally for gender equality.
So in honor of this important day, and as a thank you to all the women who are driving food system innovation across the globe, we’d like to highlight some of the female speakers who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise at this year’s AgLanta Conference on April 14-15th in Atlanta, Georgia. We hope to see you there!
With a B.S. in Mathematics and a love of travel, Ilana never imagined herself as a vegetable farmer in her own hometown. That is, until 2015, when she and Zach worked together on a permaculture farm in north Georgia, and they decided to start their own family and their own farm. Levity Farms was established in April 2017, and is now operating amid its third season as a Certified Naturally Grown, first-generation, small-scale, family farm. Levity sells produce at local farmers markets, to local chefs around metro-Atlanta, to one mom-and-pop produce shop in Roswell, and to a homesteading preschool in Decatur.