AVF Newsletter - March 2016

Hello <<First Name>>,
The AVF is a band of brothers and sisters, standing on the frontline to change the way food is produced. Yet, it's more than that, every member also has a huge impact on the way our society works. Take the AVF project groups for example, they have just been initiated and already taken international collaboration to a whole new level. So stay tuned, because 2016 is going to be remembered.

This month we'd like to highlight:
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Vertical Farming in Amsterdam

In mid-June 2016, Amsterdam will be the center of the vertical farming world. On the 13th of June, the annual AVF Summit will take place and from the 14th until the 16th of June the GreenTech exhibition is happening, where for the first time ever, there will be a Vertical Farming pavilion. Both events are not to be missed.

                           Click here to register for the AVF Summit

            Click here to know more about the VF Pavilion at GreenTech

Vertical Farming investment seminar

If you want to enter the Indian Vertical Farming market, then this event is for you. The Center for Research in Alternative Farming Technologies (CRAFT) and the AVF are partnering on a VF-investment seminar in Mumbai (India). On the 7th of May, this seminar will look at the opportunities vertical farming technology is offering in India. 

Mumbai by night

Vertical Farming Award 2016

Since registrations for the #VFAward started on the 1st of March, the response has been overwhelming: More than 150 teams have registered. And there's more good news, the registrations have been extended until the 4th of April so that every team has a little more time to finalise their registration. But don't wait too long, because on the 3rd of April, the first guidance webinar will already take place.

Winners get $5000 and a ticket to the
AVF Summit in Amsterdam.

More info on the timeline and requirements can be found on the Award-website.

AVFami Project Group Highlight

Why? The goal of the project group is to make vertical farming more sustainable, economically and ecologically.

How? By using the circular economy mindset, AVFami is researching the possible connections between different ways of producing food in closed environments. The output of 1 closed system could be the input of another, producing more with much food with less input, or like the AVFami team likes to state it: 1+1+1=10.

What? "AMI" stands for Aquaponics, Mushrooms and Insects. These food sources all have in common that they can be produced in closed environments. The AVFami team consists of 7 researchers who will present their first findings during the
AVF Summit and GreenTech, June 2016 in Amsterdam. 

For more info or participation, contact Zjef Van Acker via

Vertical and closed environment Mushroom Farming

Our Newest Members

More and more people and organisations understand that in order to solve the Global Challenges, we need Global Cooperation. The AVF is its members, and its members are the AVF. So reach out and welcome the newest members in our thriving international Movement.
Grow to Green

Based out of Portugal, this indoor farming equipment manufacturer caters to small and large scale operations and specific environmental control requirements. They offer automation technology that regulates air and water quality, including nutrients and ambient CO2 levels. 

Grow to Green is a spinoff of Aralab and has partnered with ISQ to further their research and development for environmental control systems. 
A warm welcome to Swissponic. Located in the southern, italian speaking part of Switzerland, they are developing in-home system for growing fresh vegetables. They just hit the market with their first hydroponic controller and their CEO, Patrick Rota is a speaker at TedxLugano on the 16th of April. What is even better is that they are strong believers in the AVF mission and vision, so we'll most definitely hear more from them

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Join the AVF

Three reasons of the month to join the AVF
  • Have a positive impact and help change the way food is produced.
  • Get a reduction to the AVF Summit
  • Be up-to-date about the newest advancements in the field of Vertical Farming
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Career Opportunities in Vertical Farming 


It can be very tough to find talented and hardworking people with vertical farming expertise. On the AVF Careers Portal, opportunities and job request are gathered in order to bring experts and companies together.

  • Grower/Farm manager, (New York City, USA)
  • AVF Project Manager, AVF (New York City, USA)
  • Internship on Certification of Vertical Farming, AVF (New York, USA)
  • Engineer, Blue Planet Consulting (New York, USA)
  • Design/Communications with Agrilution (Munich, Germany)
  • LED Research Internship with HAS University (Netherlands)
  • Greenhouse manager apprenticeship (New York, USA)
  • 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)

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Thank you for reading the newsletter and thank you for all your hard work planting seeds for the future. If you have ideas for future newsletters please contact us trough info@vertical-farming. 

This newsletter was written and designed by:
Zjef Van Acker (Ghent, Belguim)
Andrew Blume (LA, California)

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