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monsanto We’re more than 20,000 dedicated employees focused on developing solutions to help farmers have better harvests while using resources more efficiently.

We work to help farmers grow crops in a more sustainable way. We think holistically about how food is grown so farmers have the tools they need to have better harvests – so a balanced plate of meats, grains, fruits and vegetables is within reach of every family.

vfi The Vertical Farm Institute (vfi) is a widely varied multidisciplinary team with specific expertises. It is embedded in an international research network all around vertical farming. Architects, engineers, plant physiologists and artists cover a wide spectrum of knowledge – essential to develop and implement new building typologies for vertical farms.

Our partners support the vfi with unique expertises regarding building- and control systems, architecture and energy, biology and plant physiology, also energy production and plant factory operators. Only the combination of a customized architecture, urban planning, resource-conserving technologies and applied plant physiology disclose the potential of vertical farms to be important elements for a sustainable food production with a promising future.

inagro Inagro is the knowledge partner of agricultural and horticultural businesses in the areas of innovation and sustainability.
Within its own optimised professional research infrastructure, Inagro’s scientific and technical teams devise farming and cultivation techniques ready for practical use. Our partners in these endeavours are universities, university colleges and businesses.
Inagro’s advisers take the new know-how to the agricultural and horticultural businesses and guide the businesses in how to implement these insights, all of which is supported with professional communication tools.
Inagro is located in the very intensive and innovation-driven agricultural and horticultural heart of the province of West Flanders (Belgium).
cardiff university The Welsh School of Architecture is one of the top schools of architecture in the UK, as indicated by our position in key league tables and professional rankings.

For the past three years we have been listed among the top 50 schools specialising in architecture and the built environment in the QS World Rankings. We have high rankings for student satisfaction, coming top in the Russell Group of 24 leading UK universities for overall student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS).

In 2017, the 100 largest UK architectural practices also ranked us in the top three best schools in the country.

farmers cut You can probably guess by now, that we’re not an ordinary farm. Originally a farm was a place where people celebrated nature, enjoyed pure, good food. All around the world harvesting was a special occasion where people came together as a community to enjoy their gratitude for good food.

Now, imagine a world of not just one harvest cycle, but many. We are talking of up to 20. Imagine the many pleasant occasions we can come together and enjoy pure good food! Together, we will bring back the joy of food and our farm will be home to that feeling and a place for you – the avid food lover.

hexagro Hexagro Urban Farming develops solutions to increase the accessibility of healthy food through a biomimicry inspired mix of high-tech hardware, AI-driven services and blockchain-empowered decentralized communities. Main headquarters in Milan, Italy but operating already in Italy and Switzerland, and having support from international partners such as Singularity University, Biomimicry design Institute and Kickstart Accelerator. Hexagro’s first product is the Living Farming Tree, an automated, modular and intelligent indoor farming system that is currently installed in hotels, offices and restaurants as both a piece of design and a premium-herbs producing machine. The Living Farming Tree uses aeroponics, horticulture LED lights and plug&play sensors to adapt production patterns for each of its farming platforms, hence supporting every crop type independently with specific conditions of growth and adjusting to the environmental conditions of the space where it is installed.
logiqs With more than 40 years of experience and know-how, gained in the field of internal transport and logistics systems for greenhouses, our industry leading solutions help our customers to achieve a higher profitability and a stronger competitive position within the worldwide horticultural marketplace.

We advise, design, produce and install complete logistical systems, manual or completely automated, for growers specialised in: potted plants, cut flowers, tree nurseries, flower bulbs and vegetables.

By working closely together with our customers, we aim to always provide a highly reliable service as well as intelligent solutions for any Logistics automation problems our customers might encounter.

Agritecture Consulting Founded in 2014, Agritecture Consulting (formerly Blue Planet Consulting) provides advisory services in the design, planning, implementation and operation of urban agriculture projects.

We offer our clients the tools, data, ideas, network, and expertise needed to ensure their success. We consult globally and are based in New York City.

Agritecture Consulting’s expertise is in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), a rapidly developing industry that is gaining traction and predicted to be valued at $9 billion by 2020. Our project experience includes hydroponic greenhouses, vertical farms, and sustainability learning labs.

Philips Lighting Philips Horticulture LED Solutions consists of a team rooted in Horticulture and lighting technology that stands for solutions that improve the business of growers.

We combine crop growth knowledge and lighting technology to create customized light recipes for growers and apply lighting technology to crop farming for over 75 years.