Vertical Greenhouse Co. Seeks to Bring Fresh, Affordable, Low Carbon-footprint Produce to Urban AreasFebruary 15, 2012 | Melinda Clark
Plantagon is a Stockholm-based urban agriculture company that strives to balance commercial and values-based forces to simultaneously achieve profitability and ‘do good.’ To do this, it has introduced the Plantagon Greenhouse, a vertical greenhouse designed to bring fresh, affordable, low-carbon-footprint produce to urban areas. According to the company, the greenhouses’ efficiency and high productivity make them economically viable – it’s possible to finance each greenhouse from its own sales.
Sustainable Ag Startup Sees Aeroponic Technology as Key to Re-integrating Agriculture into Urban EnvironsFebruary 14, 2012 | Danny Jensen
Eating locally within a hundred mile radius is certainly an impressive feat. But imagine the convenience of picking fresh produce from a farm that’s only a hundred feet away, or even ten, while still living in a crowded city.
The Waters Wheel, a Los Angeles-based company, aims to do just that by bringing the farm to your doorstep or rooftop by using aeroponic tower farms – recirculating systems that use clean recycled water in place of soil to grow food.
In Creating Fleet of Sustainable, Urban Farmers, Milwaukee-based Growing Power Seeks to End World HungerFebruary 13, 2012 | Jessica Vernabe
Will Allen, CEO and founder of Growing Power, Inc., has a straightforward goal – to end world hunger.
“It’s a lofty goal, but that’s how things should be,” said Allen, a sharecropper’s son who was a professional basketball player when he rediscovered his love for agriculture. “The only way to end world hunger is the local food system that we used to have. … Everybody would buy local food if it was available. We don’t have the infrastructure right now, so one of the things I wanted to do is prove that this could be done and this could be cash-flowed.”
Wyoming Hydroponic Tower Co. Seeks to Facilitate Sustainable Food Production and Make Farming Less ExpensiveFebruary 6, 2012 | Matt Wilhalme
Nate Storey and business partner Paul Bennick want to make farming more efficient, sustainable and affordable for the private and commercial greenhouse grower. To do so, the partners founded Bright AgroTech, LLC, a mission driven company that develops modular hydroponic production towers to not only increase production in hydroponic and aquaponic systems, but also facilitate sustainable food production.
“We got into it to make farming less expensive,” Storey says.
The product that Storey, a PhD candidate in agronomy at the University of Wyoming, along with Bennick, a Wyoming Army National Guardsmen who served two tours in Iraq and grew up on a ranch, developed to reduce costs is called the ZipGrow Tower™.
Last week, Seedstock, in association with Rady Entrepreneur Club held a panel entitled, Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship in Southern California at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. The sold out event featured seven entrepreneurs discussing their companies and their reasons for pursuing and developing sustainable agriculture ventures and technologies.
From high tech indoor urban farms that utilize the latest vertical farming technology to grow food cleanly, efficiently and without chemicals to renewable energy technology that generates electricity from agricultural waste, the entrepreneurs on the panel embodied the promise and vision of a sustainable agriculture industry that is set to experience explosive growth.
Seedstock, with the help of Rady School of Management, recorded the entire event on video. Over the next week or so, we will share video clips from the panel including company presentations from Home Town Farms, Interra Energy, VermaVision, Revolution Landscape, Biogas & Electric and Archi’s Acres.