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Plant & Food Research and Callaghan Innovation are delighted to host the very first Controlled Environment summit!
If your work relates to glasshouses, hot houses, tunnel houses, indoor farming, vertical farming or similar read on! We would like to welcome you to join us at the Growing the Future Indoors summit in Hamilton on the 3 & 4 April 2023.
We’re hosting two days of events for companies, researchers, tech providers, and growers interested in everything to do with indoor growing – from smart monitoring technologies to innovation driven approaches for vertical farming. We will bring a community of stakeholders together for the first New Zealand summit to explore the current and future opportunities, working through challenges and opportunities both here in New Zealand and internationally.
SPEAKER: Henry Gordon-Smith
Henry is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues, and emerging technologies.
Henry earned his BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, coursework in Food Security and Urban Agriculture from Ryerson University in Toronto, and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
In 2014, Henry responded to a global need for technology-agnostic guidance on urban agriculture by launching the advisory firm Agritecture Consulting which has now consulted on over 200 urban agriculture projects in over 40 countries.
Greengrower’s produce is grown here in Aotearoa New Zealand using vertical farming, literally grown upwards in stacked layers. This leading-edge technology is backed by over 25 years of academic research by scientists working at the forefront of their fields.
Greengrower have agreed to take the Growing the Future Indoors summit attendees on a short tour of their facility on Tuesday afternoon. Usually closed to visitors, this tour alone makes the summit a ‘clear the schedule and get along’ event – not to be repeated in the near future.
For more details, keep reading. We will update this site regularly with an agenda an itinerary for each day and speakers as they are confirmed.
We’re staying at the Jet Park Hotel, Hamilton. To get the best room rate available, jump onto their website (https://www.jetparkhamilton.co.nz/). No fancy promo code required!
On Day One, we will explore the current status and landscape of indoor growing. We’re looking to gain a better understanding of where the sector is at currently. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from leading New Zealand companies, government, investors, and more with perspectives from shade houses to fully controlled vertical farming and the technology and supply chains that support them. We even have a visit to a vertical farm lined up!
On Day Two, we want to understand where this rapidly evolving sector could go next and how we can best support it. We will discuss future opportunities and the resources, including R&D, required for New Zealand to support a successful international industry. What domestic opportunities could the sector explore? And what role could New Zealand’s sector play in the development of new indoor growing technologies as we look for solutions to continue providing food security and diversity into an increasingly populated, climate impacted world?