Nyc's Agtech Scene Opens Its Doors For World To See (and Taste) Submitted by: Blue Planet Consulting 2015-10-04 00:01:17
Futurists growing "hyperlocal" food and technologies in New York City open their labs for urban food week
New York, NY (OPENPRESS) New York's got it all: The world's best food, the world's best real estate, and now combining the two the world's best farms. You read it right: Leading a global trend to grow hyper-local food close to home, New York entrepreneurs have innovated their food well beyond tomorrow using bold applications from the world of high-tech.
See those urban farms and technologies in action (and taste their produce with your tongue) as part of a week-long tour, October 13 to 17, during NYC AgTech Week. It's an event where people can explore business opportunities in urban farming right in the middle of New York City. It's like an Open House for New York City farms.
Tours span the five boroughs and include a locally grown "locavore" dinner featuring the talented chefs at Manhattan Agriculture. Meet 21 of New York's leading urban agtech companies planting roots for a vision that New York will produce most of its food locally. Sample pesticide-free food or see how food is grown on "water" or hydroponically one of the most sustainable ways to grow fresh, tasty food in cities.
"Finding fresh locally grown food in the middle of Manhattan is rapidly getting easier but we still have a lot more work to do before our city is food secure" says Henry Gordon-Smith, the leading urban agriculture consultant for New York City from Blue Planet Consulting (blueplanet.consulting), and founding member of the city's new NYC Agriculture Collective (www.farming.nyc) which is hosting the week of events.
"I am getting calls on a daily basis from Real Estate developers wanting to know how they can make use of rooftops to grow both food and a new source of income. On the flipside I am seeing nothing short of a revolution driven by young entrepreneurs across the globe. Farming in the city has become the next big career: Post-degree, college students from various disciplines are asking me how they can switch careers and they are moving to NYC to make it happen. They want to quit everything and start growing food in their cities. This week will give answers to everyone who is curious about the industry," says Gordon-Smith.
The crunchiest carrots, the coolest connected cucumbers
Offering jobs and business opportunities, not to mention tasty dividends, New York "farmers" are showing off their labs and yields in October.
And just like each New York neighborhood has its own flavor, the same is true for urban farms in the city. Urban farming can mean growing fish for families on a roof in Brooklyn, using hydroponic greenhouses in the Bronx to grow greens in the winter, or using connected sensors and software to optimize yield in the smallest of space even if you live in a small rental in Soho.
For foodies maybe not interested in farming just yet, get convinced by eating a hyper-local gourmet locavore taco dinner hosted by the Farm on Kent, a green space next to the old Domino Factory, and prepared by Manhattan Agriculture, an underground group of chefs and creative types. Their menu will showcase hyper-local New York City-grown tilapia fish grown in a Brooklyn greenhouse and fresh, pesticide-free produce grown by the Collective within the five boroughs between skyscrapers and on rooftops.
It's no surprise that when a movement to "grow local" sweeps across the nation that New York City picks it up and takes a firm stance and a bold leaf, ahem, lead in urban farming.
Meet the breadth of New York City's agriculture leaders in industry and products for the connected garden at New York's first AgTech Week where investors will connect to educators, backyard farmers, large-scale commercial growers, community activists, and city officials.