AVF Newsletter

November 2016
Hello <<First Name>>,
We have a lot of exciting news, events and opportunities coming your way from the month of November. 
AVF 2017 Members Only Email Coming Soon...
Within the next week, there will be an AVF email distributed to AVF Members only. This email will primarily be focused on recapping 2016 and looking ahead to 2017:
Recapping 2016
  • AVF general meeting minutes
  • Chairwoman Christine Zimmerman-Lossl’s China & Japan trip recap

Looking Ahead to 2017

  • AVF Award link to sponsorship bidding form and packet
  • Aglanta sponsorship letter and link
  • Seeds & Chips sponsorship letter and link
  • Coolfarm Italy event

Many of these events will have exclusive discounts for AVF members so please keep an eye out for this special AVF members only email! Not a member? Click here to join the AVF.

Andrew Blume

Changemaker of the Year

With the end of 2016 closing in, we at the AVF are revisiting this year’s AVF Changemakers in the Spotlight. We like highlighting all of the positive things our members are doing, so we have nominated all of our 2016 Changemakers of the Month as candidates for the 2016 AVF Changemaker of the Year vote.


Our 2016 Changemakers were:

AVF Changemaker of the Year Voting Details:

How many times can each person vote?
One time per email address.
Voting Period: November 11th - December 23rd
Winner announcement: December 30th

The winner will carry the prestigious title of Changemaker of the Year 2016 as a badge of honor. So please feel encouraged to share, retweet and spread the word about our wonderful changemakers!

The 2017 AVF Award

The 2016 AVF Award was a huge success. 300+ student lead teams from around the world applied to participate. The teams had to take their project through 5 milestones, which narrowed the field to 28 teams from 24 different countries. The winning team ultimately hailed from Malaysia. That team continues to move vertical farming forward in their region. 
We are very excited to take that to the next level in 2017. To do this, we have decided to expand the award into three awards:
a.     The Modular Vertical Farming Award
b.     The Commercial Vertical Farming Award
c.     The Domestic Vertical Farming Award
We are in the final stages of preparing a packet will fully detail the bidding process to sponsor the 2017 AVF Award and to associate your brand with vertical farming innovation in a positive and dazzling fashion. Contact Andrew,, with inquiries and keep an eye out for the packet in the special members only email! 



The Aglanta Conference is a gathering to showcase urban and controlled environment agriculture innovation in the City of Atlanta. It will bring together restaurateurs, grocers, architects, entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, and of course urban farmers for premium networking and knowledge sharing. You can read more here about what really makes Aglanta the most compelling CEA conference of 2017, but the short answer is our partners: The Mayor’s Office of Atlanta, The Southern Company, and Blue Planet Consulting.

The Mayor’s Office will work with us on the local level to spotlight Atlanta’s urban ag champions who already doing incredible work growing food as means of ecological restoration, social cohesion, cultural preservation, economic development, and biopharmaceutical development. Then, The Southern Company (the United States’ 2nd largest utility company & a Platinum level sponsor of Aglanta) will drive the business case home by offering attractive energy rates to urban farms in the Atlanta area.

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 vertical/indoor farming. Lastly, we have one final reason to get excited about Aglanta:

All AVF members receive a 10% discount on tickets & sponsorships.

Contact Jeffrey Landau for more information:



AQUAFARM 2017 is a B2B event addressing to aquaculture, algaculture and vertical farming operators. The conference and exhibition are both dedicated to technologies, products and practices. The event will be held on 26 and 27 January 2017 at the Exhibition Center of Pordenone, Italy. Find out more about the event by clicking here.

The AVF at Aquafarm

The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) sees great value in this event, if you we wish to collaborate with the AVF, you could enjoy the following deal:

  1. 20 % reduction for company booth: the booth includes: 2×3 meters area, carpeting, electrical socket, 1 table, 3 chairs, roll up (graphics provided by the company and printed by Aquafarm)

  2. Collective participation booth with AVF in the common area to give importance and prestige to the collective (the size depends on the number of companies that will be involved): customizable wall, flag with company logo, a table, 2 chairs, electrical outlet, carpet.

For more info contact:

Vertical Cities


At the 6th Annual Vertical Cities in Dubai, operations manager Mark Horler will give a talk entitled: HIGH-RISE FARMING - Fostering the Sustainable Growth of Vertical Farming to Conserve Resources to Improve Environmental Protection and Climate Change Resilience.

[Click here] for more details on this conference.

Seeds & Chips

Last month we launched the partnership between the AVF and Seeds and Chips 2017 (#SaC17). SaC17 is the International summit where innovation in food and technology meet and it's happening on 8-11 May 2017 in Milan (Italy).  Also offered are substantial deals for our AVF members. So if you're not a member yet, take some time to sign up here and act fast because -
The best deals end on December 31st!
New Members

SANlight is a young company based in western Austria. Their core competencies lie in the development and manufacture of high-quality LED horticultural lighting solutions. Innovative, energy-efficient products with a long serviceable life and the use of regional resources are particularly important to them.

Penny M. McBride | Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Penny McBride has a successful history creating the business case for the environmental challenges faced around the globe. This motivates her to continue to finding innovative solutions that integrate food and organic waste utilization, urban agriculture and green building standards.

Changemaker in the Spotlight

This month we had a chance to sit down and chat with Maximilian Loessl. Max is the co-founder of the AVF and a co-founder of the startup agrilution - a company developing an appliance that helps people grow fresh, nutritious food at home. We hope you enjoy this month’s AVF Changemaker in the Spotlight with Max Loessl.

AVF Project Group Highlight

The first phase of the AVF Sustainability Certification scheme is due to go live in Q1 of 2017. This is the first and only scheme designed specifically to address the needs of the VF industry. It will help that industry, government & city planners and the wider public, to know what true sustainability is for VF. It will be driven by data received from vertical farms across the world, benchmarked and verified to ensure the results are legitimate and reliable. Your organisation can lead the way by participating in this in this important scheme. We are recruiting now.

Elsewhere within this division, we also have a plant recipe standardization group, in which work is progressing rapidly. Additionally, there are proposed groups for product certification, product labeling and food computers.

For more details on any of these, contact Standardization & Certification division lead Mark Horler at

We know that the need for highly qualified professionals, smart interns and volunteers with heart and soul is high in the vertical farming business. Finding the right people for your positions is a challenge and we would like to assist you in offering you both, the platform on our website and this newsletter to reach out to experienced professionals and future experts.

Since your demand might change very quickly, we encourage you to mail us your job ad and keep us updated on whether you filled the position. Stephane Razzon ( is your contact in this regard. If you’re interested in new opportunities in the industry then take a look at our careers page.

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