Working as an intern for the AVF for almost a year was an experience I absolutely loved. I was thrilled that Henry and Max decided to welcome me in the AVF-team, and from the first day on I felt inspired to contribute to an exciting organization.
I learned a ton by honing my social media skills, understanding the impact these tools can have on an organization and how it can contribute to a growing community such as AVF. I also learned about the vertical farming subject matter itself: hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, indoor farming/ag, and even food security and supply.
This went beyond the theory they taught me in class, extending to case studies and even visiting projects in New York to learn hands on about what it takes to make such ideas come to life and scale them up.
I also discovered a global community. One I hope to explore more closely after finishing my Master’s in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in May 2016. My wife and I are planning a six month world tour to visit sustainability projects and volunteer – so if any AVF members need extra hands, let me know!
As a last note, I would like to thank Henry for taking a chance on me and being such an inspiring boss and mentor every step of the way. Hope we’ll have a chance to work together again soon.
– Francois Cramer