Our Story

We are a crop agnostic, information-sharing site for the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) community, grounded in the notion that the more sound information people in the industry have, the stronger the entire community will become. This is a site that is supported ted by some of the best experts in the field. At this time point in time there is no gathering space for the indoor farming community to come together where growers, researchers and others in the industry may go to share ideas, share struggles and generally convene….until now!

This is a collaboration-based on a simple premise: we believe that the indoor growing sector enhances the economy by providing economic, growing typology and location diversity.

This site and the system are both a work in progress, so please give your feedback and most importantly…participation!

Our Moderators

Education

Ian Kanski
Center for Advanced Agriculture and Sustainability

Ian is a social entrepreneur with a career dedicated to human development and sustainable technology. He is the Director of the Center for Advanced Agriculture and Sustainability at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and is co-founder of INTAG, a developer of biological technologies for nutrient recycling, waste and water remediation in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) sector. He is also Co-Founder of the STEM Education consultancy B Theory Inc and is the former Chief Product Officer of Zoetic Global, an international project developer in renewable energy. Ian has developed a portfolio of business and humanitarian projects spanning Europe, West Africa, Central America and the South Pacific. With fifteen years in new product and service development in fast-moving industry sectors in Agriculture, Education, Energy and Software, Ian’s work has been marked by creative and practical solutions for making new and impactful technologies more accessible to people.

Mr. Kanski also serves on the Advisory Board of the FarmTech Society in Brussels, Belgium and is a member of the Pennsylvania STEM Advisory Council, a group of STEM education and workforce development leaders advising state government on policy and the integration of experiential learning into education initiatives in the Commonwealth.

harrisburgu.edu

Climate Management

Nadia Sabeh
Dr. Greenhouse

Dr. Nadia Sabeh (A.K.A. “Dr. Greenhouse”) is President and Founder of Dr. Greenhouse, Inc., an agricultural and mechanical engineering firm that specializes in the design of HVAC systems for indoor plant environments.

doctorgreenhouse.com

Controls

James Whalen
Total Energy Group

With his background in science and technology along with his passion for the environment and sustainable agriculture, James works with Total Energy Group. At Total Energy Group, James and continues to learn and share how applied technologies can help growers achieve more with less in their facilities.

total energy group.com

Lighting

Justin Lukoff
Certhon

Certhon has been playing a pioneering role in optimizing technology for high-tech glasshouses, in addition to daylight-free cultivation within the horticultural industry. By meeting every demand with innovative in-house technology and over 100 years of horticultural experience, Certhon offers custom solutions with a maximum return on investment. In Certhon’s Innovation Center, a facility consisting of eight indoor farms without daylight, continuous research is being done on various crops to develop cultivation systems of the future for Certhon’s global customers.

certhon.com

Real Estate Development

Scott Robinson
Oberon Securities

Scott is a Managing Director of Oberon Securities, bringing along more than 15 years of investment banking and commercial real estate experience. Scott specializes in real estate investment banking, capital markets, and credit rating analysis and is also the Director of the REIT Center at New York University.

oberonsecurities.com

Indoor Ag Science Cafe

Cheiri Kubota
The Ohio State

Join three CEA scientists (Chieri Kubota, Erik Runkle and Cary Mitchell) who host the online monthly forum series, ‘Indoor Ag Science Café’. This has been designed to discuss the science and technologies that can contribute to indoor controlled environment agriculture (AKA vertical farms). According to Chieri, “we wish to make the forum develop as a non-competitive, informal communication platform among indoor agriculture industries”.

indoor ag science cafe

CEA Food Safety Coalition

Marni Karlin
CEA Food Safety Coalition

The Coalition is an independent and member-governed organization whose membership is comprised of controlled environment leafy greens growers who subject their production processes to external audit. The goal is to keep people safe from foodborne illness. The Coalition was established to develop credible, strong, and appropriate food safety standards; educate consumers and regulators on controlled environment growing; and communicate the value of controlled environment agriculture.

If you have questions on issues of general interest to the CEA leafy greens sector – including FDA, USDA, Farm Bill, ask them here!

CEA Food Safety Coalition

Nutrition

Chris Higgins
Urban Ag News

Chris Higgins is the founder and owner of Urban Ag News. Urban Ag News is a educational website that focuses on controlled environment agricultural practices, sciences, market data and operations.

Chris has organized a team of experienced horticultural and creative professionals for the continued creation of content for not only the website but a variety of clients, universities and institutions. Together his team focuses on providing innovative, inspirational, science and market specific content helps to drive the industry. His audience includes professional greenhouse vegetable growers, government and non-government organizations, agricultural/horticultural industry professionals, students and those persons interested in starting and operating non-traditional businesses in greenhouse, urban agriculture, city and vertical farms.

Chris was also one of the founding partners of the non-profit Foundation for the Development of Controlled Environment Agriculture (FDCEA). FDCEA’s mission is to join current and future stakeholders of the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry to build a platform in which trusted and proven resources can be used to invest in the education and development of a shared industry. FDCEA’s first event, the International Conference on Controlled Environment Agriculture, occurred in 2015 in Panama City, Panama. This very successful conference brought together international speakers and participants involved in commercial horticulture.

As an agri-preneur Chris is also invested in a variety of other companies. One that he is most proud of is Hort Americas, LLC. It is a wholesale supply company focused on all aspects of the horticulture industry. With over 20 years of experience, Chris is dedicated to improving and expanding the horticulture and niche agriculture industries. He is inspired by the current opportunities for continued innovation and growth in the field of controlled environment and urban agriculture.

urbanagnews.com