- Mon, Feb 20, 2017 01:00 AM
65 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW
Latitude: 33.7509, Longitude: -84.39
The Aglanta Conference is a gathering to showcase urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovation in the City of Atlanta, foster community engagement, and generate economic development. It will bring together restauranteurs, grocers, architects, entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, and of course urban farmers for premium networking and knowledge sharing. Education, economic development, emerging technologies, sustainability, and financing topics will be covered throughout the event. Our goal is to foster Atlanta’s growth as the South's hub in the nation’s potential $9 billion a year indoor farming industry. To accomplish this, we will spotlight local champions already doing incredible work growing food as means of ecological restoration, social cohesion, cultural preservation, economic development, and bio-pharmaceutical development. Cities and companies from around the world are tapping into the promising and emerging field of urban and vertical agriculture. They have proven that locally sourced produce is not only healthier and more sustainable, but that it can also be highly marketable and lucrative. The Mayor’s Office of Atlanta, like other indoor farming industry leaders, recognizes the positive health and community outcomes from this budding industry, and thus is co-organizing the Aglanta Conference with Blue Planet Consulting. The Aglanta Conference will be an intimate and invaluable environment for participants to engage with a local, national, and international audience. Through workshops, lectures, and networking sessions, the conference will cover issues across the spectrum of urban agriculture business models and technologies, with a particular focus on the emerging field of vertical/indoor farming. Visit www.aglanta.org for more information! 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. Morning Workshops 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 each system. Instructors: 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. Instructors: 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. Instructors: Rebecca Knight - PhD Plant Biology, AllCity Innovations LLC 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. Instructors: Bodie Pennisi - Professor in Horticulture, University of Georgia Orion Ashmore - Lead Researcher, Blue Planet Consulting Lunch Lecture & Youth Pitches Join us for a catered meal at the amazing Freight Depot and hear five back to back CEA pitches from local youth excited to get involved in this emerging industry. Are you a student? Apply here! 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 Enterprise 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 Keynote Speaker - Stephen Ritz, Green Bronx Machine 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. Stephen helped earn his school the first ever Citywide Award of Excellence from the NYC Strategic Alliance for Health and directly attributes these results to growing vegetables in school. To reclaim his own health and model good behavior for his students, he lost 100 pounds by eating what he and his students grow. In 2013 The United States Department of State and New York Foreign Press Corps toured representatives from 40 countries across Stephen’s worksites and classrooms. He was selected as a delegate at WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) and as a national Green Apple Education Ambassador for the US Green Building Council and Center for Green Schools. In 2014, Green Bronx Machine celebrated a Best of Green Schools Award — one of only ten recipients across the United States and The National Association of Secondary School Principals cited Stephen’s work and Green Bronx Machine as one of five national exemplars of service learning. To date, Stephen’s work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, TNT, Disney, and NPR, as well as internationally from Colombia to Dubai. His TED talk boasts more than 1 million views, ranks in the Top 10 Food / Education TED Talks of all time and is used for teacher training / workforce development globally. He was also featured in the film adaptation of Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, In Defense of Food, NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC’s The Chew and The Rockefeller Foundation’s Food for Thought. Dedicated to harvesting hope and cultivating minds, he believes that together, via collaboration, coalition and get-to-yes-solutions, we can all prosper! 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. 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. Contact us to become a sponsor or offer to speak about urban agriculture and controlled environment agriculture (CEA). For Students and Teachers: Please contact us for student and teacher tickets. FAQs Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, an electronic copy and photo ID will be valid.