Last year, City Council Member Rafael Espinal introduced a bill that would have set up a comprehensive plan, calling for in-depth analysis of potential spaces, zoning laws, and building codes, as well as the expansion of the availability of healthy food in low-income neighborhoods. The law the council ended up passing, however, was barely a shadow of the original proposal. It required the city simply to create an “urban agriculture website.”Read More
Mark Korzilius knows a thing or two about creating transformational food experiences. As a Founder of Vapiano, he was instrumental in developing the fast-casual chain from a European startup to a globally recognizable brand in more than 31 countries. Now, Mark is the Creator of Opportunities at Farmers Cut, a vertical farming startup focused on transforming the customer's experience with local food. Take a listen as I interviewed him about vertical farming, smart operations, and Farmers Cut's "Customer-Centric" approach.
Unilever announced today the expansion of its U.S. urban farming efforts with the launch of Growing Roots, a new organic, plant-based food brand that will support urban farming with every purchase. The brand builds on Unilever's multiyear commitment to urban farming initiatives, which establishes and funds partnerships to unlock access to fresh foods and nutrition education in communities across the country.Read More
Agritecture is actively planning the 2018 AgLanta Conference on March 27th & 28th. Do not expect the same conference as last year (that isn't the Agritecture way)! The main topic of the gathering will center around how an urban food system can contribute to a "Smart City". Smart is a curious word, and I am interested to hear the voices and opinions being brought into the conversation. Smart can be analog. Smart can be digital. Smart can be slow, grassroots, justice-focused. Smart can be fast, iterative, stakeholder-based. Smart to one can be nonsense to another. Smart can be keeping your mouth shut (Orion!). I'm excited to learn more about how controlled-environment and agtech-oriented urban agriculture can embrace many different perspectives of what smart means.Read More