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AVF Newsletter - August 2015 

Hello <<First Name>>,
Great news, we can add something new to the list of "first world problems": there's too much information on Vertical Farming and the newsletter is getting long. Yes, the Movement is growing exponentially and news is happening fast. But no worries, you have one month to get trough all the following topics:

Zucchini or Cucurbita pepo - next to the fruits, they also have delicious flowers

Two Important upcoming Events

In September, two collaborative Agritecture design workshops are being held. One in Atlanta (September 18-19) and one in Minneapolis (September 24-25). Be quick to register, because spots are almost all taken. Free for AVF members!

A BIG thank you to our Fall 2015 workshops innovation sponsor and AVF member Illumitex

Illumitex has radically transformed traditional LED design with the creation of LED  lighting that emits a uniform, highly precise beam directly from the source.  With die-level optical integration, cumbersome and inefficient secondary optics to control light are unnecessary, opening the world to more versatile—and energy efficient—lighting applications than ever before imagined. Learn more at

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for future workshops, contact

Great news from Columbia University

NEW YORK: During the upcoming Fall semester at Columbia university, 10 students will be working on a capstone project for the Association for Vertical Farming. Their goal is to propose strategies for a sustainability certification system for Urban & Vertical farming.

Representatives for the AVF in NYC will be guiding the students trough this new and challenging endeavor. And of course, we'll be keeping you up to date about this extremely important project.


The Element14 Design Challenge

The Element14 Vertical Farming design Challenge is in full swing. The 15 contestants are working hard on their design and since this week, they can ask some of the participating industry-experts for help.
Click here for more info about the Challenge.
Click here to follow the detailed progress of the 15 participants.

Team AVF expands

The AVF officially has two new team members: Howard Brin, Zjef Van Acker, and Andrew Carter.

Howard, the new Chief intelligence officer, is in charge of collecting data and acquire information from the various aspects of Vertical Farming for the benefit of members of the AVF. Zjef, as Chief engagement officer, will be leading the external and internal communication. Both of them compliment each other and will be
 helping the AVF's members as best as possible. Andrew Carter will be our new USA Regional Manager, to grow our membership there and assist our existing members. 

Howard Brin is a Mandarin speaking China expert with nearly a decade of experience working and residing in China. There, he was working in the private intelligence industry with a focus on helping government, multinationals and organizations to make accurate and informed decisions. He has a grasp of sourcing, supply chain practices, operations optimization and building relationships both in the public and private sector. Howard has a bachelor in Biological Psychology from the university of Illinois.

You may already know Zjef Van Acker from the Changemaker in the spotlight interviews, but there's more to him. He has a master in applied Bio-engineering from Ghent University (Belgium), loves Mushrooms, closed loop economy and cooperation. He believes that building vertical farms is the next necessary step towards a healthier world, moreover, he sees in them the potential to create a more just society. Zjef is also an active core team member of Urban Farming Ghent.

New USA regional manager 

Andrew Carter is officially the new regional manager for the AVF in the United States. He takes over this position from Henry Gordon-Smith who will focus more on his role as a board member.
Andrew currently works at Blue Planet Consulting in New York. There, he specializes in hydroponic production and systems design, but finds himself working on projects related to almost all aspects of urban agriculture. He earned his BSc in Environmental Sciences and Ecological Design from the Rubenstein School at the University of Vermont in 2007. Andrew is interested in emerging technologies and growing methods in the farming space, and sees robotics, software integration, and controlled environments as the way of the future.

Connect with Andrew trough his LinkedIn-page or via

Our newest members

The AVF-Movement is growing, this month a lot of individuals joined, but also three fantastic businesses. Reach out and welcome them to our thriving international family.

HSI-Ag is a Swiss company that specializes in customized solutions for light management, electronics and software development & EMC consulting. HSI Recently bought Astra LED and are now specializing in lights for horticulture. As everything is produced in Switzerland, high quality can be expected.

Founded in 2004, Aerofarms is building, owning and operating farms that grow locally, flavorful, safe & healthy food in a sustainable and socially responsible way. Their first farm is under construction in Newark, New Jersey (USA) and will expand to grow 1.5 million pounds of Leafy greens, aeroponically. Aerofarms is and will be a big player in the Vertical Farming Movement.

Vertical harvest is a public/private partnership with the town of Jackson, Wyoming (USA). They are building a three story hydroponic greenhouse in the heart of the town (see picture below). There, they will grow and sell their produce to local restaurants, grocery stores and individual consumers.
2013 - Jackson Adventure Video - Vertical Harvest
The great story of Vertical Harvest

AVF at GreenTech 2016

We are very happy to announce the cooperation between GreenTech and the Association for Vertical Farming. Make way for the first Vertical Farming pavilion at GreenTech 2016 in Amsterdam.
Mark you calendars June 12-16! This will also be the location of our 2016 VF summit just before GreenTech.
GreenTech is the global meeting place for professionals on horticulture technology. They focus on all techniques used for optimal and sustainable growing of crops, and therefore, the newly arising Vertical Farming industry has to be represented. During 3 days filled with inspiration and innovation, GreenTech provides the perfect platform to network, exchange ideas and do business. GreenTech will be held from 14th-16th of June 2016 in Amsterdam RAI. Contact to be an exhibitor! AVF members get a special deal. 

Opportunities in the wonderous world of Vertical Farming

Looking to make your mark in the sustainability industry? Excited by the emerging field of vertical farming? Check out the AVF Careers Portal on which our members post exciting new opportunities.

  • Plant scientist with focus on city Farming - Philips (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
  • Developer: Full-time job with Agrilution (Munich, Germany) 
  • Team Lead: Full-time job with Local Roots Farms (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Team Associate: Full-time job with Local Roots Farms (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Plant Scientist: Full-time job with Local Roots Farms (Los Angeles, USA)
  • General Manager: Full time job with Local Roots Farms (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Volunteer with the Association for Vertical Farming

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  • Get exposure for you and your organization
  • Find career or internship opportunities
  • Improve and share research and development
  • Strengthen political influence and encourage the implementation of VF worldwide
  • Take part in VF events and conferences
  • Learn more about VF and stay up to date with the rapidly evolving industry
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