Why Are We Here?
Imagine a farmer and an engineer and an architect and a data scientist, all working together to bring food to our cities. Picture a world in which the city, farming, and technology are not distinct, but partners with a united mission.
At Urban AgTech that's the world we want to help create. We are building a community of people focused on improving food systems for our urban environment. We believe that through improving our relationship with food and our cities we can help solve some of the most challenging and important issues we face including: sustainability, nutrition, food deserts, food security, and climate change.
By creating a place for the urban agriculture technology community to communicate we can empower people to accelerate the innovation needed to bring this industry forward.
Adrian L. Lu
Adrian became a built environment professional soon after studying Architectural Engineering at Drexel University. As a maker and a farmer's son, he leads the Homebrew Food Computing Club at Urban AgTech, which works on MIT Open Agriculture's Personal Food Computer v2.0; a project he took on to better understand urban agriculture technology.
Anthony stumbled into urban agtech when he tried (and failed) to start growing a lot of his own food on a small patio in the Mission District. This led him to develop and test a range of new ways to use technology to grow food simply and more productively in urban areas. He co-founded ‘Loom, where he and his team have developed something akin to “FarmVille for real life”. Before that he co-founded a venture backed enterprise software startup, did systems neuroscience research at Stanford, and won 1st place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Zoology)
Being a city dweller has always been a part of Alice's identity. Discovering farming by chance and a move to a more temperate climate has allowed her to spend more time developing her urban green thumb. She is anticipating a long journey of trial and errors ahead but so is the evolution of urban agtech.
While living in a high rise on the Las Vegas strip, Chelsea began to question how she too can contribute, rather than being apart of the problem. After years of supporting the small local farmers market she discovered microgreens - with no green thumb she attempted grow them in her 600 square foot studio apartment. The result was complete SUCCESS. These healthy little greens cultivated her deep purpose to bring life and health to the concrete jungles we inhabit. Chelsea believed if she a no green thumb, mustang driving, city slicker could grow nutrient dense food and lead a healthy life in Sin City, then she could inspire anyone in the world to do the same. Thus her sustainable indoor vertical urban farm was born five minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. Thousands of harvested greens, classes, inspired students, and home grow kits later her work has taken her to SF, where her mission is continued with Urban AgTech. Inspired from the experiences in her years operating an agricultural business, she believes it is her duty to inspire others to pursue urban farming in this pivotal time for the industry.
Shayan learned about urban farming while studying sustainable architecture at the University of Oregon. After learning how to grow her own food in a small planter bed, she was hooked. Her interest lies in the intersection of agriculture, design, and urban development; and how these industries will continue to shape each other as cities grow denser, and people want more affordable, fresh, and accessible produce. When not gardening or nerding-out on Urban AgTech, she's helping people (re)design their dream homes to lessen their footprint on our planet and lead more sustainable lifestyles.
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The OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer at SXSL, 2016
Photo: Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab
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The OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer v2.0 Rendering Orthogonal
Image: Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab
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Food Server Side View
Photo: Peter Webb
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