THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

Southern Company.jpeg

COMMUNITY PARTNERS


EXHIBITORS


DAY 1 TOUR SITES

Track 1 | Urban Agriculture in Communities

Track 2 | Distribution and Operations

Track 3 | Sports, Venue, and Infrastructure Innovation

Track 4 | Innovative Food and Ag Models

Track 5 | Kennesaw State University & Hydroponics with AmHydro


DAY 2 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

PANEL ONE

CREATE | Getting From Ideation to Implementation

Urban farming entrepreneurs face a number of challenges getting started. Access to funding, settling on an operational strategy, and lining up appropriate sales channels can each be daunting and time-consuming. On top of this, urban farms are becoming increasingly diverse in both their objectives, approaches, and products. Our first panel of the day will explore this creation process by featuring four unique urban agriculture operations.

MODERATOR

Henry Gordon Smith | Agritecture Consulting


INTRO TO PANEL TWO | LOGAN ASHCRAFT | CENTRICA VENTURES

Indoor farms’ large energy demand is cited as a death knell for both project economics and the environment. Yet there has been little discussion around their potential to modernize the grid, inspire a more cost-reflective tariff system, and stabilize the market for renewable resources. In this talk, Logan Ashcraft of Centrica Ventures lays out strategies through which growers, utilities, and regulators can collaborate to create new opportunities and bolster the growth of the indoor agriculture industry.

PANEL TWO

PILOT | Creative Strategies for Proving Your Concept

Product/market fit is a crucial yet hard-to-define milestone in the entrepreneurial journey. For most early-stage entrepreneurs, arriving at a proof of concept requires serious creativity on a small budget. On this panel, we’ll explore various strategies that have helped startups get there.

MODERATOR

Nina Meijers | FoodBytes!


PANEL THREE

GROW | Challenges and Opportunities that Come with Scale

As startups grow, new challenges emerge. These challenges can be particularly harrowing for new agriculture models given the multitude of factors that can infringe upon growth -- local zoning codes, food safety standards, new sales channels. On this panel, we’ll hear various strategies for navigating this landscape.

MODERATOR


KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

 
Christine+-+Chelcie+Vallely.jpg

Christine Gould | Founder and CEO | Thought For Food

As Founder & CEO of Thought For Food, the world’s next gen innovation engine for food and agriculture, Christine Gould has worked with thousands of young leaders from around the globe. She will be presenting our Keynote Conversation: Unleashing the Power of the Next Generation to Fix our Food System.

 

PANEL FOUR

CLOSING THE LOOP | Circular Economy Applications for the Urban Food System

Is urban agriculture strictly limited to the production of food within city limits? We’ll challenge that assumption on this panel with emerging leaders building more efficient channels for upcycling surplus resources, feeding those who need it most, and rethinking the idea of “waste.”

MODERATOR


AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

AGRIHOODS | Not Just Your Neighborhood Farm

BUY-SIDE PERSPECTIVES | Voices From Those Shaping the Reach of New Products

THE ROLE OF DATA | How can Agricultural Data Create a More Resilient and Equitable System?

LOCAL GROWER RESOURCES | Atlanta-area Resources for Urban & Local farmers

URBAN AG AS STEAM EDUCATION | Giving Our Next Generation of Farmers The Tools of The Trade Through Knowledge

THE CASE FOR COMPOST | How Food Scrap Programs Can be Smart for Business 


 

MEDIA PARTNERS

 

YOUR HOST

The City of Atlanta's Office of Resilience, the host of the Aglanta Conference, has created a taskforce to research and investigate safety considerations and policies for future Controlled Environment Agriculture, a technology-based farming practice which takes place within enclosed structures. The effort will encourage the production of more local fruits and vegetables. The 21-member taskforce consists of members of the Atlanta City Council, the non-profit community, academia, environmental stakeholders and local farmers.

EVENT CO-ORGANIZERS

Agritecture provides advisory services to public and private institutions in the design, planning, implementation and operation of urban agriculture projects. We offer our clients the tools, data, ideas, network and expertise needed to ensure their success. We consult globally and are based in Brooklyn, NYC.

Agritecture's expertise is in controlled environment agriculture, a rapidly developing technology and industry that is rapidly gaining traction and predicted to be valued at $9 billion

Talk to us about your greenhouse or vertical farming project and we can help you from feasibility to implementation. Know before you grow..


AgTech X exists to create new pathways for sustainable food & agriculture innovation. We do this by creating unique content & programming to connect early adopters, startups, and multinational brands.

AgTech X’s expertise is in building community, opening doors for entrepreneurs, and producing purposeful gatherings & experiences. By combining the power of our network with continuous research and observation from our educational initiatives, AgTech X has collected a unique knowledge set of emerging trends in the industry.

For the last 18 months, AgTech X has also run New York’s only coworking space dedicated to accelerating sustainable local agriculture & related technologies. We’ve hosted more than 30 members throughout that time, including small startup teams; individual founders; researchers; and remote workers.