Welcome to the 4th annual NYC AgTech Week, organized by the members & partner organizations of the NYC Ag Collective
The NYC Ag Collective - a consortium of 15+ commercial urban farms, tech companies, & non-profits - is pleased to announce the 4th annual NYC AgTech Week, the only AgTech conference on the East Coast run by the leaders of the industry themselves.
This six-day conference features exclusive farm tours, panels, workshops, & networking events focused on the fast growing & innovative AgTech sector, & promises unprecedented access to industry founders, investors, startups, & thought leaders.
5-8pm: Welcome Happy Hour [All Access Pass Holders Only]
Start the Conference with an intimate happy hour to network with fellow attendees, conference speakers & industry representatives. Sample drinks & bites made from hyper local produce & get to know your hosts at the NYC Ag Collective.
9:30-11:30am: Manhattan Urban Farm Tours (limited availability)
Contrary to what it may seem, the steel beams & girders of Manhattan are home to small but thriving pockets or urban agriculture. Choose one of three tours to see two sides of farming in the city.
> Option 1: Farm One
> Option 2: East Village community gardens
> Option 3: Governors Island
3-5pm: Deepening Skills to Successfully Manage an Urban Farm: A Workshop with Cornell | @ Prime Produce
Join a special workshop led by Cornell on urban farm management to learn about new research on the rapidly growing CEA industry, & then enjoy one-on-one conversation & mentorship with CEA farm managers.
6-9pm: Restaurant Partner Night
Discounts to restaurants committed to local & sustainable sourcing, including: Lighthouse (Williamsburg, Brooklyn), Maison Yaki (Prospect Heights, Brooklyn), Caf Standard at The Standard East Village (Bowery, Manhattan)
8:30-10:30am: North Brooklyn Urban Agriculture Tour
Gain a wide perspective for the various forms of urban agriculture on this walking tour of farming-related sites in Williamsburg & Bushwick.
3-5pm: Show Me The (non-VC) Money: Alternative Capital Sources for Urban Agriculture
AgTech founders & funders discuss the various resources within the funding landscape for AgTech ventures.
6:30-8:30pm: Chef x Farmer Mixer + Grazing Table | @ Project Farmhouse
Enjoy an evening connecting with New York's urban & local farmers, chefs & entrepreneurs while partaking in drinks & eats made from a diverse range of hyper-local produce. Sponsored by Urban Farm Academy. Partner farms & distributors will include the likes of Farm.One, Smallhold, Brooklyn Grange, Local Roots NYC.
8:30-10:30am: Alternative Urban Farming Products: Algae, Cannabis, Insects, Mushrooms, Fish, Plant Proteins
Urban & indoor farming can support many different agricultural products. Leaders in aquaculture, aquaponics, fungiculture, & alternative proteins will discuss the obstacles & opportunities in meeting the growing demand for sustainable seafood, produce & plant-based proteins.
3:00-5:30pm: Brooklyn Navy Yard Innovation Tour
In & around what was once the hub of Brooklyn's maritime operations & industrial past are some of the most innovative & fast growing AgTech companies in New York. Tour hydroponic farm Square Roots, rooftop farm Brooklyn Grange & mushroom farm operator Smallhold, which is also the only certified organic farm in New York City.
6:30-8:30pm: AgTech x UrbanTech Mixer
Networking event bridging the AgTech & UrbanTech innovation worlds, co-organized with NYC EDC's The Grid. As cities become smarter through new technology in mobility, co-working/co-living, clean energy, & more, this event seeks to bring local food & agriculture into the conversation.
8:30-10:30am: The Future of Green Urban Development: Opportunity Zones, Green Roofs, & Creative Mixed Use Projects
Hear from industry experts in real estate, urban agriculture policy, green energy & city planning on the new policies, pathways & opportunities currently under development & available to AgTech entrepreneurs, investors & supporters to promote the scaling of the industry.
3-5pm: Food Safety & Transparent Sourcing Enabled by Controlled Environment Agriculture
Discussion on CEA's ability to mitigate & prevent common food safety hazards inherent in traditional agriculture through rigorous testing & safety control. Will the rise of controlled forms of agriculture contribute to a more secure & resilient food system in the face of increasing environmental shifts?
6-8pm: Make It In Brooklyn: Future of Farming Pitch Competition
Hear some of the most innovative & rising startups in the AgTech industry pitch their company to a room of industry leaders, mentors, investors & entrepreneurs. Refreshments & networking will follow. Co-hosted with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Sponsored by OCP North America.
8:30-10:30am: Global View: Opportunities & Challenges Accelerating AgTech around the World | @ Company
The AgTech industry is expanding on a global scale. International AgTech companies & experts will weigh in on the factors influencing the global market for Indoor Agriculture as well as discuss the projected growth path of the AgTech industry around the world.
2-4pm: AgTech as Consumer Education | @ WeWork Food Labs
Marketers, Founders & Industry Leaders discuss the role that marketing & consumer education play in creating, developing & retaining market demand for AgTech products.
6-8pm: Vineyard in the City: Networking Finale | @ Rooftop Reds
Enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the NYC Skyline, made from grapes grown on the Rooftop Reds urban vineyard.