Event in San Diego, CA to Explore Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship
November 16, 2011 | Robert Puro
Please join Seedstock and the Rady Entrepreneur Club on November 30, from 6pm – 9pm at the Rady School of Management on UC San Diego’s La Jolla Campus, for ‘An Exploration of Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship in Southern California.’ This event will be the first in a series where Seedstock brings entrepreneurs, students, investors and other professionals from around the country together to discuss and explore solutions to the challenges faced by modern agriculture.
The event will feature networking opportunities as well as a moderated panel with several sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs as they discuss their companies, their perceptions of the marketplace opportunity for sustainable agriculture, challenges that they face and more.
Confirmed participants include:
Colin Archipley: CEO of Archi’s Acres and the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. Archi’s Acres is a small-scale organic farm in Southern California established in 2007 by decorated Marine Sergeant Colin Archipley and his wife Karen. At Archi’s Acres the couple has created the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program to offer combat veterans meaningful opportunities in the high-growth industry of sustainable farming.
Seth Burns: CEO and CFO of Biogas & Electric, a for profit company that develops intellectual property to significantly improve the anaerobic digestion process, thereby increasing the economic viability, sustainability, and social impact of agricultural industries. Biogas & Electric is funded by Waste Management, Inc. (ticker: WM) and an SBIR grant.
Ralph Crevishay: President of VermiVision, a company whose mission is based on fulfilling the potential of vermicompost (VC) as the essential input for success in sustainable agriculture. The company is dedicated to enhancing farmers’ access to VC through scaled-up production, promotion of innovative technologies, and training a new generation of worm farmers.
Thomas Del Monte: President and General Counsel of Interra Energy, a development-stage company engaged in the design, manufacture, sales, marketing and deployment of a biochar and power production system called the Interra Energy Forge. This system is a 2nd generation carbonization and energy hybrid technology that converts yard waste and other clean biomass wastes into agricultural biochar and clean energy.
Dan Gibbs: CEO and Co-founder of Home Town Farms, a leading company in the emerging field of vertical organic urban farming, providing an integrated food growing system to grow and sell fresh, nutritious food in urban areas. The company’s model combines proven and profitable high efficiency vertical growing systems that drastically reduces the amount of water, fuel, land, fertilizer, processing and transportation needed to grow and sell produce, and makes the produce available for sale at the same high-traffic urban location where it is grown.
Don Nishiguchi: Regional local produce buyer for Whole Foods Market for the Southern Pacific region
Jeff Robbins: Co-founder of San Diego-based Revolution Landscape, a company that designs, builds and maintains sustainable “edible landscapes” for area residents and businesses.
Registration: Please click on the following link to reserve your spot: http://seedstockradyevent.eventbrite.com
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided by event sponsor Whole Foods Market, La Jolla will be served.
Metered parking available in the Pangea parking structure a short walk from the school