Grow. Smarter. Cities. The City of Atlanta’s 2nd Annual AgLanta Conference March 27th & 28th

March 21, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Atlanta, GA. – (March 21, 2018) – Global thought-leaders in urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) will convene in the City of Atlanta on March 27th and 28th at the 2nd Annual AgLanta Conference to share new technological advances in the field and discuss how cities can better plan for the future by making local food systems more resilient worldwide.

Smart Ag for Smart Cities AgLanta Conference 2018

“Atlanta is honored to host some of the best and brightest minds in the urban and controlled environment agriculture sector,” said Mario Cambardella, Director of Urban Agriculture for the Mayor’s Office of Resilience. “We believe new and innovative ideas come from these gatherings which help our city become more resilient in an ever changing world.”

This year’s theme “Smart Ag for Smart Cities”, comes at a time when cities are facing major challenges with aging infrastructure, technology and transportation systems. A rise in the interest of “Smart City” resilience strategies is sweeping the world as leaders look to mitigate the effects of complicated problems like global warming coupled with catastrophic weather events and food insecurity. Rather surprisingly, local food production through urban and controlled environment agriculture have been largely left out of the conversation.

“Urban agriculture has the ability to solve many of the challenges that cities are facing today,” said Henry Gordon-Smith, founder of Agritecture Consulting, the firm that organized the AgLanta Conference. Agritecture Consulting is developing structured frameworks for urban agriculture production and distribution in an effort to make cities more resilient. “Part of our mission at Agritecture for the next few years is to help cities see the critical role urban agriculture can play and conferences like AgLanta accelerate the discussion.”

Featured speakers include Otis Rolley, Regional Director of North America 100 Resilient Cities, a global initiative supported by the Rockefeller Foundation that assists cities to become stronger in an increasingly challenging world environment; Vonnie Estes, 2017 winner of the Rosalind Franklin Award in Biotechnology and an expert in Ag innovation; Ambassador Andrew Young; Robyn Metcalfe, Director of Food + City; Jeff Bisberg, CEO of Illumitex; Mark Korzilius, Founder of Farmers Cut and Viki Radden, CEO, Honor Harvest, to name only a few.

The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience is hosting the conference and expecting 300 attendees representing a wide range of disciplines including urban planners, architects, entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, and urban farmers for this premium networking and knowledge sharing opportunity.

Atlanta is the perfect location for agribusiness to set root. It is home to a business-friendly environment with abundant and affordable workers, innovative technology resources, and thought-leaders in the burgeoning urban agriculture industry. Aggressive population growth projections coupled with the quality of life benefits the City of Atlanta has to offer creates the ideal setting for work in the urban agriculture industry. As of December 2015, Atlanta is one of a handful of cities with an Urban Agriculture Director, dedicated to working on food access generating policy, advocacy, and development.

Furthermore, Southern Company, the nation’s 2nd largest utility company, will again be a banner sponsor for the AgLanta Conference. Southern Company believes that locally sourced produce is not only healthier and more sustainable, but also that it can also be highly marketable and lucrative. Thus, Southern Company and the Mayor’s Office of Atlanta are proud to recognize and support the positive health and community outcomes from this budding industry.

Join us next week on March 27th and 28th at the South’s only CEA focused conference. For press passes or to interview the organizers please contact Mario Cambardella ( or Jessica Toledano (

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Mario Cambardella
Director of Urban Agriculture
Mayor’s Office of Resilience

Jessica Toledano
Director, External Affairs
Agritecture Consulting





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March 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm

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The Premier Urban Agriculture Conference in Atlanta

Back for its 2nd year, the AgLanta Conference is a premier urban agriculture conference organized by Agritecture and hosted by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience.   Urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovation will be showcased, and AgLanta 2018 promises to foster community engagement and generate economic development as well. is the South’s biggest urban agriculture community, coming from the Mayor’s Office of Resilience in the City of Atlanta.  We all know a city with a strong local food economy is a resilient city, and explores the smart technologies and strategies that connect agriculture with the city of Atlanta.

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Can a City Really be “Smart” without Agriculture?

Cities and companies around the world are recognizing the growing demand for local food coupled with an ever growing urban population.  As a result, urban and controlled environment agriculture has emerged as a promising and viable solution.

Urban agriculture and CEA can work together to drive food access, economic development, as well as social, environmental, and health benefits.

Smart Ag for Smart Cities

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Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing pattern of cities and conferences focusing on the “Smart City.”  These conversations tend to encompass everything from IoT to energy efficiency, but almost always leave agriculture out of the picture, which is why this year’s theme is “Smart Ag for Smart Cities.”

30+ Speakers

AgLanta Conference 2018 will feature 30+ speakers across seven Smart Agriculture and Smart Cities topics.  Also, there are bonus workshops and two huge keynote speakers.  Otis Rolley, Regional Director, North America with 100 Resilient Cities, is the Day 1 Keynote Speaker.  Otis’ entire career has been dedicated toward resilience and urban development in the private, non-profit and public sectors.

Vonnie Estes, a consultant in ag innovation and the 2017 winner of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Biotechnology, is the Day 2 Keynote Speaker.  Vonnie is one of the leading female executives in the biofuels industry and will be speaking about the role of Big Data in agriculture and emerging biotechnologies as they apply to urban agriculture.

See all of the Speakers.

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Workshops, Exhibition Hall & Panels

Two workshops, an exhibition hall, and panels covering a range of critical Smart City topics will be featured —each with a particular focus on the multiple roles Smart Agriculture will play in making cities more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.

Not to be missed, workshops include “Smart Food Access Planning”: How to use GIS and other data sets to target local food enterprise solutions for food insecure neighborhoods and “Smart Policy for Smart Agriculture”: How farmers and policymakers can formulate strategies for the 2018 Farm Bill and beyond.

Imagine Future Cities with Agriculture

Join us on March 27 and 28 in the City of Atlanta to connect with experts in urban agriculture and smart cities.  We can envision the future of cities – on the ground, inside buildings, and on the rooftops and walls!

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AgLanta 2018 will be held at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.  We’re only two weeks away ~ Aramis and I will see you there!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

The How-to’s of Rooftop Farming in “The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm”

February 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez Publisher

Urban agriculture is very hot right now and rooftop farming even hotter, not to mention extremely important. Annie Novak, the co-founder and head farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, the nation’s first commercial greenroof row farm (2009) in Brooklyn, says “If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up!”


Annie is also the author of the just released The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm (2016, Ten Spreed Press/Penguin Random House) where she draws upon her years of experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer, manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, and founder and director of Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork food education program.  In the 256-page paperback she shares best practices for cultivating vegetables, herbs, flowers, and trees.

“Featuring the brass tacks on green roofs, container gardening, hydroponics, greenhouse growing, crop planning, pest management, harvesting tips, and more, The Rooftop Growing Guide will have you reimagining the possibilities of your own skyline.” ~ February 16, 2016 Press Release


Annie researched, visited, and interviewed rooftop farmers and gardeners from across the country and shares these stories of amazing urban agriculture greenroofs in the U.S. and the world.  Learn more about The Rooftop Growing Guide and see the full list of experts and sites profiled plus resources at The Rooftop Growing Guide website.


“We want greener skylines, healthier cities, and more hands gardening (up above or down below).” ~ Annie Novak

I certainly couldn’t agree more, and rooftop farming is the way to go!  You can also purchase “The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm” for only $23.00 in’s Bookstore from


Reprinted with permission from The Rooftop Growing Guide, by Annie Novak, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.  Photographs copyright © 2016 by Annie Novak.

Happy reading and greening,

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

The 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design

November 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

2012 has been a whirlwind year for an amazing assortment of spectacular living architecture projects, and Haven Kiers and I have taken notice.  Did you see our  October 16, 2012 Announces the “2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”  Press Release about it?

Here we go:

2012 marks the sixth year of our “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”  Compiled by our Design Editor Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP and I, we have been proud to share the Top 10 List at the following conferences so far:

The 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago, IL on October 17-20, 2012 and the  WGIN World Green Roof Conference 2012 (WGRC) in Hangzhou, China on October 22-26, 2012.

Next up is the International Green Conference 2012 in Bangalore, India on November 26-28, 2012, and, of course, we will be presenting it at our second  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 on February 12 through March 13, 2013.  And for the Virtual Summit we will add a twist – a sneak peek into projects on our radar for the 2013 Top 10 List.  Haven and I always have a great time showing amazing examples of living architecture and will be available afterward for a live Q & A session – right from the convenience of your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

So, what’s it all about in 2012?

Starting with trends that we’ve seen in previous years that have either refused to go away or have sprung back with new vigor within the last year, we continue to see amazing integration of urban agriculture into new and existing structures, the use of vegetation to create soothing and healing gardens within hospital settings, and the design of schools that incorporate living architecture into their basic curriculum.  As always, we doff our caps to the fantastic skyscrapers that spiral up through the clouds and the client specific boutique greenroofs that defy categorization.

We are also excited to highlight new trends in green infrastructure.  This year, museums embraced their inner green goddesses and began highlighting living art both in and outside of their walls (and roofs).  Another rising trend features elevated walks.  Capturing everything from bridges, railways and promenades, this category features stunning expanses of elevated greenery.  And new this year, we’re incorporating two of the greenest cities in the world as categories in and of themselves, starting with tropical Singapore, a “herban” oasis that has started a green revolution on the island nation.

We culminate our Top 10 List of Hot Design Trends with a look at Chicago, an early trendsetter in city greening and now the definitive leader in living and green infrastructure and our #1 spot for 2012.

The Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2012:

10) Client Specific “Boutique” Greenroofs
9) Green Museums: Art Living Inside & Out
8) Educational Facilities as Green Living Laboratories
7) Upward Spirals of Green
6) Hospitals Healing through Living Architecture
5) Gardens in the Clouds: Stacking & Stepping with Vegetation
4) Sky Farms on the (High)Rise
3) Singapore: A City within a Sky Garden
2) Green Elevated Walks: Bridges, Railways & Promenades
1) Chicago’s Trend-Setting Style: A “Miracle Mile High” City of Plants & Leadership

If you didn’t make it to one of the fabulous physical conferences listed above, please join us in January and February 2013 for our second annual Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 to experience first hand our fast-paced, lively, and presentation jam packed with awesome and sometimes incredible greenroof & greenwall photos of projects worldwide.

After the 2013 Virtual Summit, we will be happy, once again, to post our video of the 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design on our Top 10 page and on  greenroofsTV, our video channel on YouTube.

See you in Bangalore or at the Virtual Summit in 2013!

Linda V.