If interested in a 2018 sponsorship contact Jeffrey Landau <jeffrey@blueplanet.consulting>

2017 EVENT PARTNERS & SPONSORS

Be seen and be heard at the South's largest CEA event: Aglanta. We have crafted a unique set of sponsorship opportunities to ensure your brand, products, and services stand out in the crowd. With over 200 attendees expected, this is your chance to plant your seed and reap the rewards.

 
 

HOSTS

Blue Planet Consulting 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. 

Blue Planet’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. Our project experience includes hydroponic greenhouses, vertical farms, and sustainability learning labs.

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

The City of Atlanta's Office of Sustainability 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. 

“Controlled Environment Agriculture is quickly gaining momentum in the City of Atlanta and all across the country because of the growers’ ability to grow food in urban environments including parking lots, urban rooftops, and indoors,” said Mario Cambardella, Director of Urban Agriculture. “Local governments have an important role in investigating safety considerations and clarifying regulations for this form of agriculture. This taskforce allows the City of Atlanta to collectively work with stakeholders to realize the best policies and procedures to ensure the safety, health, and welfare is protected for all.”

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS

 
 
 

Southern Company (with Georgia Power) are exploring partnerships with local leaders and organizations in its territory to invest in the indoor agriculture industry. Southern Company recognizes that the rapid advancements in lighting and climate control technologies have unlocked the potential for a lucrative industry to prosper. Increased demand for locally grown foods free of pesticides and herbicides, coupled with strained supplies due to the prolonged West-coast drought, only further the case for local indoor-grown alternatives in the Southeast.

The flourishing indoor agriculture industry will bring benefits across the board in our community by promoting environmental sustainability, community development, STEM education, and the encouragement of a healthy lifestyle. These benefits perfectly fit Southern Company’s core values. We encourage you to join us at the Aglanta Conference so that we can bring together our community to work towards a more sustainable and resilient food infrastructure.

 
 

SILVER SPONSORS

 

Exclusive to Georgia, the Centers of Innovation, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, provide over 1,000 businesses each year the technical industry expertise, collaborative research, and partnerships to help the State’s strategic industries connect, compete and grow globally. The Centers of Innovation operate through six individual centers supporting Aerospace, Agribusiness, Energy Technology, Information Technology, Logistics and Manufacturing with locations in Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, and Tifton. For more information visit Georgia.org/Innovation.

 

 
 

It all stems from a deep respect for the traditional American Farmer, since our founders have multi-generational farming roots, and extends now to the realization of our future needs as a population. Our mission is to bring forth innovation in the area of agricultural solutions and to advance the developing movement that is controlled environment agriculture, or Indoor Farming. We bring the experience to the table in designing products that will generate solid financial results. Cost effective means of bringing the entire crop cultivation process into a precisely managed operation, to maximize the good and reduce or eliminate the bad.

 

 

At Tower Farms, we continue the legacy that founder Tim Blank and the Future Growing team started, helping communities, entrepreneurs, and agents of social change everywhere grow food easily and sustainably — no previous agricultural experience necessary. Because real food shouldn’t be a luxury enjoyed by few. It should be available to us all. And since Tower Garden can grow fresh produce virtually anywhere — from rooftops to warehouses — it’s perfectly suited for the job of supplying more people with quality food. (Other perks like faster growth, bigger yields, greater sustainability, and less labor don’t hurt, either!)

 

 

PL Light Systems develops and manufactures supplemental lighting systems for the horticultural industry. We offer a complete range of innovative fixtures, lamps and reflectors for optimized light distribution in a variety of technologies including LED, High Pressure Sodium (HPS), Metal Halide (MH), and Hybrid Systems. For each lighting solution, we provide a comprehensive light plan to ensure optimized crop growth through adequate light penetration and uniformity into the crop. Through our parent company Hortilux Schréder, we are constantly involved in research, new developments and improvements to our lighting solutions so we can stay at the forefront of innovation and technology in the grow lighting sector. Hortilux’s strength lies in how it translates growers’ requirements and new insights into cultivation techniques, transforming technical possibilities into reliable products.

 
 

IMAGINATION SPONSOR

 

At Pure Greens Atlanta, our mission is to bring children and communities together for a common purpose: education, inspiration, and empowerment to take control of their food source and create jobs by growing locally.

Pure Greens Atlanta believes whether you are growing basil on your window sill, have a raised bed in your back yard or are using innovative technology like ours, You are an Urban Farmer!

Urban farming is here to stay.  We are always looking to partner with like minded individuals and organizations to help us grow healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy planet.

 

 

EXHIBITORS

 

Bluelab was formerly known as NZ Hydroponics International Limited. NZ Hydroponics International Limited supplied commercial growers with complete growing installations and products around the World. This has enabled us to perfect all products specific to needs in such diverse industries.

 

 
 

Industry Leading Knowledge in Commercial Hydroponic Vegetable Production, Vertical Farming, Urban Farming, Urban Agriculture and LED Grow Lights. At Hort Americas, LLC we are dedicated to playing an integral role in the different niches of commercial horticulture. We work closely with manufacturers from around the world to bring the highest quality, technically advanced and most cost effective products to the greenhouse growers in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico. Hort Americas is currently a Certified Horticultural LED Light Grow Supplier, as well as a trusted partner of GE, Grodan, Riococo, Bato, Netafim, PL Lights, Sharp and many other industry leading suppliers.

 

 
 

Privately owned company in South Carolina providing data integration, logistics and visibility software solutions for over 14 years.  Our passion for technology and agriculture spawned the development of software designed to automate and lend efficiency to the indoor farming industry.  

In early 2016, Boxcar Central established its own research and development farming environment. Through our experiences as farmers we have developed the necessary tools to monitor and control the farms of the future. 

With our success as indoor farmers, we give back to the community by donating all of our produce to local food banks.  

 

 
 

Urban Crops engineers, manufactures and installs fully automated and integrated indoor farming systems using own LED grow lights that are both efficient and effective under any given climate conditions. There are two types of installations: the tailor-made solutions (PlantFactory) and the standard growth infrastructures (the FarmFlex and FarmPro containers). Urban Crops continuously develops new plant growth recipes, counting already more than 160 crop varieties, and provides customers with an extensive after sales support including the sale of seeds, substrates and nutrients. Urban Crops wants to become the global reference of the fast-emerging closed environment vertical farming industry as a turnkey solutions provider.

 

 
 

HAMAMA products let you grow your favorite leafy greens and herbs in less than 10 days. You plant a Seed Quilt in the MicroGrow Kit and add water once. You harvest your plants as seedlings (microgreens) when they’re at their most flavorful and nutritious! Seed Quilts combine seed, grow media, and humidity control into a streamlined, easy-to-plant packaging. There's no prep, no mess, and you only water once. Seed Quilts make growing your own food at home a no-brainer - minimal space, attention, and money required.

 

 
 

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Hannah Solar is a full service solar integrator dedicated to providing the very best in engineering, products, installation and operations & maintenance of solar arrays, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, Tesla® storage systems and Generac® backup generators.

Our team is comprised of NABCEP certified solar experts, licensed master electricians in GA, AL, MS, NC, SC, & TN, project management professionals, business development managers, designers and installers—working together to serve our clients as a reliable and experienced resource in sustainable energy integration.

 
 

The primary mission of the Department is to serve the College, University and State through dynamic research, education and extension programs. The focus will be on engineering for biological systems and water resources as well as related environmental issues and systems management for agricultural systems and enterprises. A particular mission is to provide Arizona residents the opportunity to obtain a degree in Biosystems Engineering. This BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Department provides the only such program in the State of Arizona. Currently, the Department Extension program is focused on agricultural water resources engineering, including water quality, with additional emphasis on agricultural machinery and energy.

 
 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

 

Our current conventional food systems — including farming, food production, presentation, delivery, and disposal — were shaped by the the advent of industrialized agriculture, increases in consumer wealth and mobility, and the rise of robust global trade mechanisms after World War II. Today, a growing number of designers, scientists, policy makers, engineers, farmers, grocers, innovators, foodies, and health care professionals argue that our industrial, global food system is not ecologically, socially or economically sustainable. They are actively working to address the redesign our food system in order to address environmental, health, and equity challenges. MODA’s Designing the Future of Food will survey a wide range of the innovative ideas being prototyped, tested, and implemented in the effort to provide delicious, nutritious food to all.

 

Starting in 1982, CropKing has been the full-service leader in manufacturing greenhouse hydroponic systems. CropKing manufactures gutter-connected and free-standing greenhouse structures along with growing equipment for greenhouses. By providing industry-leading technical and horticultural support, the company has flourished by helping its growers succeed. CropKing provides a full suite of services to its customers: education on selecting the proper structures, feed systems, plant variety, nutrients, and site preparation to help them succeed.

 

Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture (TLW) is committed to growing food, community and people. Since 2006, TLW has served the Atlanta community by using natural, GMO-free food production as a catalyst to creating jobs, healthier adults and children and building a safe inner city oasis for families and community to gather.

Natural urban agriculture is a social design centered on natural food production in the city. This design empowers communities with food self-sufficiency, builds economic capacity, and maintains stewardship over the local environment. TLW and its founder, K. Rashid Nuri, are at the forefront of a new breed of urban farmers who are helping city planners and developers to connect the dots, bringing vital elements together to create the City of the Future.

Truly Living Well was founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to quality local food production. The objective was to bring nutritionally-rich, fresh-picked produce to local residents through a community supported agriculture program. The work of TLW then expanded to include agricultural education and urban farmer training programs. The work of TLW builds a local sustainable food system. Truly Living Well demonstrates the viability of producing high quality, naturally grown fruits and vegetables in the urban environment. Our four farm sites in Metro Atlanta produce Certified Naturally Grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and other added-value products. Our model establishes the transformative power of urban agriculture. Truly Living Well demonstrates the potential of a renewed paradigm – the local food economy.

Food Well Alliance is a community of supportive partners, or what we fondly refer to as opportunity-makers, who convene and collaborate to build healthier communities by using local food as a transformational tool. We hope to enhance the connections in such a way that it connects people not just to their food, but also to each other.

 

The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. Its motto, “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things,” reflects the University’s integral and unique role in the conservation and enhancement of the state’s and nation’s intellectual, cultural, and environmental heritage.

 

Huxley utilizes the most up-to-date computer vision and machine learning technology, to predict yield, prevent disease, and propagate with intelligence. Our mission is to grow more with less, self-optimizing over time. Augmented onboarding for growers enables hydroculture to scale more rapidly. The OS for plants is here.

 

Upstart University was created with the mission of educating and empowering farmers around the world. We started with a small team, a makeshift video studio, a single course, and a vision. Now, we have over 30 courses, a growing team, over 1,000 active members from 55 countries around the world, and we have successfully helped over 100 aspiring farmers launch their farms and start selling.

 

Tucker Farms is a small, family-owned farm located in Rome, Georgia, about an hour North of Atlanta. It is owned and operated by Craig Tucker and his wife, Kikki, who grow a variety of vegetables for Northwest Georgia families and Atlanta-area chefs. Tucker Farms grows lettuces and greens year-round in a hydroponic greenhouse and also grows seasonal "dirt" vegetables in a garden.

Tucker Farms’ mission is to grow responsibly, treat the Earth kindly, and provide its customers with safe, healthy, and delicious food. In both the garden and the greenhouse, Tucker Farms utilizes gentle and sustainable growing methods that respect the environment and the farm’s dynamic ecosystem.

 

 
 

Launched in March 2011 to students across some of Europe’s leading universities, Thought for Food is one-of-a-kind initiative aimed at generating fresh ideas to tackle the world’s escalating food issues. We aim to motivate each other to learn about the issues we care passionately about, so we can create a vision for the world we want to live in and do what it takes to make change happen. Join the conversation here. Don't be afraid to speak your mind or share your wildest idea. There are no rules, no topic is off limits. Let's be bold. Let's change the world.

 
 

SPONSORS OF TEACHERS & STUDENTS

 
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MEDIA PARTNERS

 

Produce Grower magazine is sent to 10,000 titles that specialize in growing vegetable and fruit crops in a greenhouse structure environment. We reach them on every platform, from print to digital to mobile. We are in constant contact with the industry delivering daily news updates, weekly e-newsletters, and in person at industry events. See our media kit for more information on marketing options to help you extend your brand.

 

 
 

Modern Farmer is the authoritative resource for today’s cutting-edge food producers and consumers: the farmers, wannabe farmers, chefs, and passionate home cooks who are influencing the way we eat right now. Blending hands-in-dirt service, soulful inspiration, and whip-smart reporting, Modern Farmer understands that a tomato is never just a tomato—it’s also a political, and deeply personal, statement about who we want to be and the world we hope to live in.

 

Agritecture is the combination of architecture and agriculture. The blog is about Building-Integrated Agriculture (BIA). We explore developing innovations, businesses, and projects that employ agritecture. 

We don’t have to grow food far away from the urban centers that consume it. Buildings should be designed so that they integrate essential demands of the human population: they should integrate water collection, energy production, and agriculture. By wisely integrating these needs into the structures within which we live, we can significantly improve the sustainability of our cities. 

BIA presents a solution to global food challenges: let’s integrate food production into our buildings so that we can mitigate the costs (environmental and economic) of industrial agriculture. Let’s grow our food locally, using technologies that reduce the water and energy used, and improve the quality and distribution of food.

 

The Association for Vertical Farming is an internationally active nonprofit organization of individuals, companies, research institutions and universities focusing on leading and advancing the sustainable growth and development of the vertical farming movement.