It's the middle of NYC AgTech Week.
It's a time where futurists growing hyperlocal food and technologies in New York City open their labs for urban food week. Tonight there will be a fish taco dinner prepared with fish raised on a roof in the city; the rest of the food was grown in urban farms in locations throughout the Big Apple. Dining starts tonight at Farm on Kent, pictured below, in Brooklyn.
A host of tours from 12 noon to 4 tomorrow Friday will show of off the city's coolest urban farming technologies and I'll be there giving a demo on how my hydroponics technology flux works.
Leading a global trend to grow hyper-local food close to home, New York entrepreneurs have innovated their food well beyond tomorrow using bold applications from the world of high-tech.
Tonight Manhattan Agriculture chefs will do the chopping and cooking and at the event meet 21 of New York's leading urban agtech companies planting roots for a vision that New York will produce up to 40% of its food locally.
(Image via flux)
Sample pesticide-free food or see how food is grown on "water" or hydroponically -- one of the most sustainable ways to grow fresh, tasty food in cities.
The event is hosted by the New York City Agriculture Collective (www.farming.nyc).
Henry Gordon-Smith, from Blue Planet Consulting, one of the city's leading consultants on urban farm projects using technologies like hydroponics says: "I am getting calls on a daily basis from Real Estate developers wanting to know how they can make use of rooftops to grow both food and a new source of income.
"On the flipside I am seeing nothing short of a revolution driven by young entrepreneurs across the globe. Farming in the city has become the next big career: Post-degree, college students from various disciplines are asking me how they can switch careers and they are moving to NYC to make it happen. They want to quit everything and start growing food in their cities. This week will give answers to everyone who is curious about the industry," he says.
The crunchiest carrots, the coolest connected cucumbers
And just like each New York neighborhood has its own flavor, the same is true for urban farms in the city. Urban farming can mean growing fish for families on a roof in Brooklyn, using hydroponic greenhouses in the Bronx to grow greens in the winter, or using connected sensors and software to optimize yield in the smallest of space -- even if you live in a small rental in Soho.
It's no surprise that when a movement to "grow local" sweeps across the nation that New York City picks it up and takes a firm stance and a bold leaf, ahem, lead in urban farming.
Meet the breadth of New York City's agriculture leaders in industry and products for the connected garden at New York's first AgTech Week where investors will connect to educators, backyard farmers, large-scale commercial growers, community activists, and city officials.
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