OUR COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
The School of Cooperative Technical Education provides students with hands-on training in high demand and cutting edge vocations. Blue Planet donated a 50-channel NFT system to the school, and assisted in rehabilitating a neglected rooftop greenhouse into a small scale commercial enterprise. Blue Planet currently contributes weekly time in educating and helping Mrs. Ferguson's Green Team, an interdisciplinary group of students, operate their greenhouse. Only growing since 2016, the Green Team has already initiated an entrepreneurial farmer's market and begun designs for a vertical outdoor growing system.
Blue Planet was a founding member of The NYC Agriculture Collective -- a network of farmers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from NYC and the surrounding metro area dedicated to the promotion of collaborative, progressive urban agriculture. Comprised of both private venture and nonprofit organizations, the Collective represents all 5 Boroughs and encourages ongoing membership. Since its inception in 2015, the Collective has hosted a well-attended, week-long AgTech Week and engaged the Brooklyn Borough President Office in policy discussions.
Blue Planet is the official facilitator of the Agritecture workshops for professionals. These two-day workshops ask interdisciplinary teams of professionals to design urban agriculture concepts that are creative, sustainable, and feasible. Typically, three teams of six participate in the friendly competitions. At the end, the teams present their concepts to a public audience and panel of judges. Learn more at agritecture.com/workshop.
The Aglanta Conference is a gathering to showcase urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovation in the City of Atlanta, foster community engagement, and generate economic development. Education, economic development, emerging technologies, sustainability, and financing topics will be covered throughout the event. The Mayor’s Office of Atlanta, like other indoor farming industry leaders, recognizes the positive health and community outcomes from this budding industry, and thus is co-organizing the Aglanta Conference with Blue Planet Consulting.
In partnership with the NYC Ag Collective, Blue Planet plays a leading role in this annual event which showcases the variety of urban agriculture projects and technologies based in NYC. The week is filled with farm tours, technology demos, business panels, networking events and a locavore dinner. The week’s events are distributed throughout the five boroughs where collective members operate. Participants will have the opportunity to move from Manhattan to the Bronx, Queens to Brooklyn.
It's simple. Vertical farming belongs to everyone. In 2017, Blue Planet +Farm will launch an online, open source website and manual so that anyone can build a hydroponic vertical farming rack system. +Farm is a no-frills approach to vertical hydroponic agriculture that will enable other schools and entrepreneurs to take vertical farming into their own hands. Read news about +Plus Farm featured by the White House. Stay in the loop! Visit plus.farm to learn more and follow the +Plus Farm on social media.
We are proud members of a global community of social entrepreneurs granted a free license to Autodesk software because of their commitment to social and environmental change.
We are proud members of the largest global community of vertical farming organizations. As founding members of The Association for Vertical Farming, we support their activities through sponsorship and promotion at our events. We invite you to join their growing platform for collaboration, data sharing, and networking.
Teens for Food Justice is galvanizing a youth-led food justice movement! TFFJ works in Title 1 schools to train youth to become urban farmers: building and maintaining indoor hydroponic farms that yield more than 22,000 lbs. of fresh produce annually at each location. TFFJ school farms also serve as youth-led centers for nutrition and health outreach to local low-income, food desert communities. We support TFFJ through reduced-rate consulting as well as serving on their board of advisors.
Community Healing Gardens is a non-profit organization that launched in Venice, CA on June 13, 2015. They create urban gardens to provide sustainable, nutritious food to diverse and underserved communities. They believe every corner with a patch of soil or some empty space has the potential to feed a community with nutrition,