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The Future of Food & Agriculture in NYC

  • The Assemblage NoMad 114 East 25th Street New York, NY, 10010 United States (map)

Our current agricultural paradigm is broken, and with big picture trends like population booms, mass urbanization and climate change before us, new sustainable solutions for feeding our planet are imperative for the well-being of our global collective. The NYC metro area has become a fertile hub for revolutionary high-tech urban farming organizations spearheading disruptive technologies for growing local food at a fraction of the environmental and social cost.  

Join us for a delicious conversation with some of NYC’s leading high-tech farming organizations, from Brooklyn mushroom containers to soil-free aeroponic vertical farms, and learn how they are consciously disrupting the agriculture industry in a major way. Local produce will be served.

About the Speakers:

Henry Gordon-Smith is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues, and emerging technologies. He is Founder of the popular blog and a Co-Founder of the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF). Three years ago, Henry launched his company Agritecture Consulting (formerly Blue Planet Consulting), a boutique global urban agriculture advising firm where he helps entrepreneurs with vertical farming feasibility studies, recruiting, and systems design.

Rob Laing is the Founder and CEO of Farm.One, which runs chefs' farms in TriBeCa and downtown Manhattan. Started in 2016, Farm.One grows rare herbs, edible flowers, microgreens and other exotic produce year-round and pesticide-free, using hydroponics and LED lighting. Rob is an experienced startup founder who is passionate about plant-based eating and using technology for clean, accessible food.

Andrew Carter is CEO, and co-founder with Adam DeMartino,of Smallhold. Smallhold is developing a new way of distributing produce in the urban landscape, bringing the farm on-site so businesses such as restaurants, cafeterias, and grocery stores can grow the freshest, tastiest produce for their customers. Smallhold pre-grows produce and delivers it to on-site “mini farms” so the customer has consistent, fresh produce, without any effort. Customers currently can subscribe to a variety of exotic mushrooms, but leafy greens and herbs are on the way.

Alina Zolotareva, RDN is the marketing manager and product champion at AeroFarms, where she runs AeroFarms consumer brand Dream Greens as well as works closely on new product development. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) leverages her background in nutrition science and public health to translate nutrition science to consumers, playing a key role in AeroFarms’ mission to combat food deserts and bring fresh, local, nutritious leafy greens to all communities. AeroFarms is the largest indoor vertical farm in the world, based in Newark, NJ, focusing on baby leafy greens and herbs.