January AVF Newsletter

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We at the AVF hope you enjoyed your holidays, spent some quality time with your loved ones and you are now ready for an exciting 2017. 


On behalf of the AVF I would like to welcome all of our members and staff to the first newsletter of the New Year! 2017 looks to be an exciting year for vertical farming. So far January kicked off with two engaging events: The National Seminar on Smart Farming Technologies hosted in India and the Aquafarm Conference and Exhibition in Italy.

The next event on our list is the Aglanta Conference that will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will be held on February 19th-20th. Members of the AVF team are working hard to help promote this event. Aglanta will promise to be an exciting experience for those interested in learning more about controlled environment agriculture. 

Three awesome events to kickoff 2017 bring a positive outlook for the remainder of the year. As the year progresses we hope that more people will learn and take interest in promoting the vertical farming industry.  

All of our members are encouraged to check out the AVF website and subsequent AVF press emails for more information on upcoming events, career opportunities and our growing network of members. 

I wish everyone a prosperous 2017. May the work we do this year help us to progress towards a more vibrant, green, and sustainable future. 

Jason Moon

AVF Press Team

AVF Members' Membership Fee Reminder for 2017

This is to kindly remind you that the AVF Membership Fees for 2017 are due! Details about membership fees, bank details, online payment options can be found through the following link: 

Please feel welcome to reach out to us with any questions about our fee structure and our 2017 programming.
The State of the Vertical Farming Industry 2016
The white paper is now free for the public and it can be downloaded via the link below. It is the most comprehensive report on the state of the Vertical Farming Industry. The whitepaper also features key players in the industry from around the world - Click here to Download.

The 2017 AVF Award: Update

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 was from Malaysia. That team continues to move vertical farming forward in their region. 

We are disappointed to report that we have yet to receive a single bid on sponsorship for the 2017 AVF Award. 

The primary benefit to sponsoring the award, above all, is the visibility of your company fostering the next generation of urban farming entrepreneurs. In 2016 the AVF Award generated nearly 50,000 views via the one-minute videos students had to make for their final milestone.

All student-generated videos in 2017 will be positive content that will directly connect your brand to the constructive impacts of the student’s work. This connection will be perceived by the viewers because of a tool that video editors refer to as a “visual hammer” – which is a short animated intro and outro that highlights your logo for each video. To get a feel for what a visual hammer is, you can watch the first and last 6 seconds of this video.

Please contact directly to discuss the costs and your company's potential involvement - and thank you for your consideration to help us continue the important work of the AVF Award.

Also, please watch the webinar we held for potential sponsorship opportunities earlier in December here.


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. 

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

Use promocode AVFAGLANTA for the discount and to join these companies at the event:

As you can tell from the above flier, many influential companies in our industry will be attending Aglanta. Soon to be contributing to the buzz of the event is an additional panel announced here on the AVF newsletter first:

An Examination of Shuttered Vertical Farming Facilities 
With Panelists from PodPonics, FarmedHere, & Local Garden

The above panel will be moderated by Agritecture and will include:

Paul Hardej, Co-Founder, FarmedHere
Matt Liotta, CEO, PodPonics
Mike Nasseri, Harvest Supervisor, Local Garden

More info to come via Aglanta organizers.

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 Vertical Cities in Dubai.

Seeds and Chips 2017

Seeds and Chips (#SaC17) is the International summit where innovation in food and technology meet and it's happening on 8-11 May 2017 in Milan (Italy).

These fantastic deals for our AVF-members only - so if you're not a member yet, take some time to sign up here.

New Members


To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life - That is the mission of Wageningen University & Research based in the Netherlands. A staff of 6,500 and 10,000 students from over 100 countries work everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large.

The University of Nottingham was founded in 1798 and on 1948 was given with the royal charter. The universirty has it's academic branches located in countries outside the UK, in Malaysia and China. The university of Nottingham has 5 campuses with more than 44,000 students and 9,000 staff members, ranking it among the UK's top 5 largest universities.

Sky-Light Garden is their name for a concept and a company. The company exists to develop a single, simple, new idea - a 'Garden Sky-Light'.
A Sky-Light is a convex mirror or its functional equivalent that deflects sunlight downwards to a target area throughout a chosen period of operation without itself moving. It may be made of any material whatever, the key thing is the shape and to fix it in just the right position.


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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