10:00 am10:00

Speaker's Breakfast @ MODA

This invite only breakfast will be held at Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) the day after Aglanta 2017. See the incredible space at MODA and experience their new Food by Design: Sustaining the Future.

The process of feeding ourselves involves a massive infrastructure, advanced technologies, and dynamic systems that touch on just about every aspect of the world we live in. Creating sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and efficient ways of producing healthy food presents a wide variety of design challenges. Food by Design: Sustaining the Future will look at cutting-edge developments and explore how the farm of the future might operate. The exhibit will also highlight ways in which worldwide food distribution could be made more equitable, and how we could design systems that encourage people to make healthier choices. 

The speaker's breakfast will feature intimate networking with City Agency leadership and key innovators in the CEA industry. 

We are excited to have an address by the City of Atlanta's Chief Resiliency Officer, Stephanie Benfield


5:30 pm17:30

Exhibit Fair and Drinks

Join us for the final portion of Aglanta 2017: a bespoke exhibit of CEA superstars, all keen to showcase their solutions to this great City. We like to call it a "science fair with drinks" where you will network and mingle with attendees and discussion innovations around light, water, data, and more. 

Tickets for this portion of the event are $20. We encourage anyone and everyone who is interested or curious about CEA or urban ag to attend and meet our sponsors! We will have a cash bar open to the public to purchase drinks. We hope to see you there! 

Keynote Speaker - Stephen Ritz
4:30 pm16:30

Keynote Speaker - Stephen Ritz

Stephen Ritz is South Bronx educator and innovator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes which they had never imagined — while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx — Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown more than 40,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. Stephen was named a Top 10 Finalist for the prestigious $1m Global Teacher Prize in 2015.




1:00 pm13:00

Panel Discussion Series

Aglanta means business and that's why our slogan is "where growing opportunity meets thriving community". With a welcoming community and healthy business environment, Atlanta is ripe to become a leader in CEA. The City has even designated a task force dedicated to just that: identifying and executing strategies for making Atlanta the place to start and scale your indoor farm. 

In this session, hear from the City of Atlanta Office of Sustainability Urban Agriculture Task Force. Experience dynamic panels of hand picked city and business leaders discuss the opportunities (and challenges) of agriculture business in Atlanta. Meet the players, hear the facts, and make the connections you need at this top session at Aglanta 2017.


The City of Atlanta's CEA Taskforce Panel 

The City of Atlanta's Office of Sustainability created a task force 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 task force consists of members of the Atlanta City Council, the non-profit community, academia, environmental stakeholders and local farmers.

Featured Panelists:

Mario Cambardella - Director of Urban Agriculture, Mayor's Office of Sustainability - City of Atlanta

Stan Vanglider - Program Manager, Southern Company Energy Innovation Center

Ellen Macht - Social Entreprise Consultant, BetterLife Growers

Carla Smith - District 1 Council Member, City of Atlanta


Sustainability Panel 

Vertical farming and urban hydroponics is on the rise. The water and food miles reduction of these technologies is well proven but questions remain about the true social impact of jobs created and environmental impact of waste, materials, and energy used. This panel will ask the tough questions about sustainability and CEA and how we can move beyond greenwashing. 

Featured Panelists:

John R. Seydel - Director of Sustainability, Mayor's Office of Sustainability - City of Atlanta

Rashid Nuri - Urban Agriculturist, Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture

Maya Ezzeddine - Sustainability Specialist, Columbia University


An Examination of Shuttered Vertical Farming Facilities

You may have read the open letter Agritecture posted from Paul Hardej the other week about the closure of FarmedHere’s 90,000 sq foot Bedford Park facility. After Agritecture made the post, they received many inquiries about how and why this happened - and what does this mean for the industry? Those of you were who were left wondering these question are in luck; Agritecture is pleased to announce we will be moderating an exclusive panel: Podponics and LocalGarden, like FarmedHere, each operated a vertical farming facility that is now closed. Podponics operated a large facility in Atlanta before declaring bankruptcy and closing their Atlanta facility in June 2016 - while Local Garden operated a large rooftop vertical farm in Vancouver that declared bankruptcy back in 2014.

Featured Panelists:

Paul Hardej - Co-Founder, FarmedHere

Mike Nasseri - Harvest Supervisor, LocalGarden

Matt Liotta - CEO, PodPonics


10:00 am10:00

CEA Workshops

Aglanta will kick off with a morning of CEA workshops designed to help you jump-start your urban farm. There will be four sessions in total from which you can choose two. Each workshop session has been developed by members of the Blue Planet Consulting team and will be facilitated by them and a local Atlanta partner. Topics include site selection, choosing hydroponic equipment and methods, hydroponics and education, farm development, and crop selection. 

Participants who register for the morning workshops will be able to register for 2 of the 4 workshops. Following the workshops, participants will sit down for a buffet-style lunch and hear from students engaged in urban agriculture in Atlanta. 

Workshop 1 - Hydroponics Methods & Equipment

In this hydroponics workshop, participants will be introduced to four types of hydroponics systems. We will explore the theory behind nutrient delivery systems, identify the advantages and disadvantages of the various methodologies, and assemble the basic components of a hydroponic system.


Paul Brentlinger - President, CropKing

Djavid Abraham - Lead Systems Designer, Blue Planet Consulting


Workshop 2 - Hydroponics & Education

This workshop is aimed at helping educational administrators and teachers reach the human and financial resources they need to integrate urban farming programs into their curriculum. There will be a focus on CEA methods including hydroponics and vertical farming for education. This session will also showcase the best methods to build self-sufficiency in managing these systems within educational institutions.


Ashley Rouse - Farm to School Director, Sodexo

Yara Nagi - Sustainability Manager, Blue Planet Consulting


Workshop 3 - Lighting your Farm

What is the process and steps to determine which lights are best for your farm? LEDs, HPS, MH, Fluorescents, etc... What information do you collect?  This workshop will outline that workflow and the steps taken to choose the right lights for your greenhouse or vertical farm.


Rebecca Knight - VP of Research and Technology, Civic Farms

Steven Szewczyk - Horticultural Lighting Solutions Specialist, P.L. Light Systems

Jeffrey Landau - Systems Engineer, Blue Planet Consulting


Workshop 4 - Beyond Lettuce

Anything can be grown in a hydroponic system, technically. So why do most controlled-environment farms rely on a very specific crop list for revenue generation? This workshop will explore the possibilities and limitations of crop diversification in CEA. You will learn where to find the best varieties and the basics of letting your crop selection be driven by market demand. 


Bodie Pennisi - PhD Enviromental Horticulture, University of Georgia

Orion Ashmore - Lead Researcher, Blue Planet Consulting


Register for a workshop today!