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NYC AgTech Week


Welcome to the 4th annual NYC AgTech Week, organized by the members and partner organizations of the NYC Ag Collective.

The NYC Ag Collective - a consortium of 15+ commercial urban farms, tech companies, and non-profit organizations - is pleased to announce the 4th annual NYC AgTech Week, the only AgTech conference on the East Coast run by the leaders of the industry themselves.

The 6-day conference features exclusive farm tours, panels, workshops and presentations focused on the fast growing and innovative AgTech sector in the greater NYC area, along with unprecedented access to industry founders, investors, CEOs, startups, and thought leaders through curated networking events, workshops, and speaking opportunities.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE*

SATURDAY 9/21

5-8pm: Welcome Happy Hour [All Access Pass Holders Only]

Start the Conference with an intimate happy hour to network with fellow attendees, conference speakers and industry representatives. Sample drinks and bites made from hyper local produce and get to know your hosts at the NYC Ag Collective.

SUNDAY 9/22

8:30-10:30am: Manhattan Urban Farm Tours (limited availability)

Contrary to what it may seem, the steel beams and girders of Manhattan are home to small but thriving pockets or urban agriculture. Choose one of three tours to see two sides of farming in the city.

> Option 1: Farm One

> Option 2: East Village community gardens

> Option 3: TBD

3-5pm: Managing the Farms of the Future: A Panel on Defining Roles for Urban Farmers (Cornell workshop)

Join a special workshop led by Cornell on urban farm management to learn about new research on the rapidly growing CEA industry, and then enjoy one-on-one conversation and mentorship with CEA farm managers.

6-9pm: Restaurant Partner Night

Discounts to restaurants committed to local & sustainable sourcing, including: Lighthouse (Williamsburg, Brooklyn), Maison Yaki (Prospect Heights, Brooklyn), Café Standard at The Standard East Village (Bowery, Manhattan)

MONDAY 9/23

8:30-10:30am: North Brooklyn Urban Agriculture Tour

Gain a wide perspective for the various forms of urban agriculture on this walking tour of farming-related sites in Williamsburg & Bushwick.

> Agritecture (consulting, indoor, hydroponics)

> Heckscher Foundation Community Garden (community, outdoor, soil)

> Oko Farms (educational, outdoor, aquaponics)

> Green Food Solutions at Denizen (residential, rooftop, hydroponics)

3-5pm: Show Me The (non VC) Money: Alternative Capital Sources for Urban Agriculture

AgTech founders and funders discuss the various resources within the funding landscape for AgTech ventures.

6-9pm: Chef x Farmer Mixer + Grazing Table | Project Farmhouse

Enjoy an evening connecting with NY's urban and local farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs while partaking in drinks and eats made from a diverse range of hyper-local produce. Partner farms and distributors will include the likes of Farm.One, Smallhold, Brooklyn Grange, Local Roots NYC.

TUESDAY 9/24

8:30-10:30am: No More Greens: Alternative Urban Farming Products: Algae, Insects, Mushrooms, Fish, Plant Proteins, Cellular Meat

Urban and indoor farming can support many different agricultural products. Leaders in aquaculture, aquaponics, fungiculture, and alternative proteins will discuss the obstacles and opportunities in meeting the growing demand for sustainable seafood, produce and plant-based proteins.

3-5pm: Brooklyn Navy Yard Innovation Tour

In and around what was once the hub of Brooklyn's maritime operations and industrial past are some of the most innovative and fast growing AgTech companies in New York. Tour hydroponic farm Square Roots, rooftop farm Brooklyn Grange and mushroom farm operator Smallhold, which is also the only certified organic farm in New York City.

6-9pm: Vineyard in the City Networking Event | Rooftop Reds, Brooklyn

Enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the NYC Skyline, made from grapes grown on the Rooftop Reds urban vineyard.

WEDNESDAY 9/25

8:30-10:30am: The Future of Green Urban Development: Opportunity Zones, Green Roofs, & Creative Mixed Use Projects [Panel]

Hear from industry experts in real estate, urban agriculture policy, green energy and city planning on the new policies, pathways and opportunities currently under development and available to AgTech entrepreneurs, investors and supporters to promote the scaling of the industry.

3-5pm: Food Safety & Transparent Sourcing Enabled by Controlled Environment Agriculture [Presentation]

Discuss how CEA can mitigate and prevent common food safety hazards inherent in traditional agriculture through rigorous testing and safety control, and how the rise of CEA is necessary to create a secure and resilient food system in the face of increasing environmental shifts.

6-8pm: AgTech Pitch Competition with OCP North America

Hear some of the most innovative and rising startups in the AgTech industry pitch their company to a room of industry leaders, mentors, investors and entrepreneurs. Refreshments and networking will follow.

THURSDAY 9/26

8:30-10:30am: Global View: Opportunities & Challenges Accelerating AgTech around the World

The AgTech industry is expanding on a global scale. International AgTech companies and experts will weigh in on the factors influencing the global market for Indoor Agriculture as well as discuss the projected growth path of the AgTech industry around the world.

3-5pm: AgTech as Consumer Education [Panel]

Marketers, Founders and Industry Leaders discuss the role that marketing and consumer education play in creating, developing and retaining market demand for AgTech products.

6-9pm: AgTech x UrbanTech Mixer

Networking event bridging the AgTech and UrbanTech innovation worlds, co-organized with NYC EDC’s The Grid. As cities become “smarter” through new technology in mobility, co-working/co-living, clean energy, and more, this event seeks to bring local food & agriculture into the conversation.

*events, speakers and locations subject to change*


Earlier Event: September 18
Eating Well & IFIC Future of Food Summit
Later Event: September 23
Great Lakes AgTech Summit