About the Association for Vertical Farming

About the Association for Vertical Farming



The Association for Vertical Farming is an internationally active nonprofit organization of individuals, companies, research institutions and universities focusing on leading and advancing the sustainable growth and development of the vertical farming movement.

Our vision

Leading and advancing the sustainable growth and development of the vertical farming movement.

What we offer

  • News from the Vertical Farming industry
  • Vertical Farming resources & tools
  • Events, workshops & hackathons
  • Educational online platform
  • Online VF community (coming soon)
  • Exchange of research, data & technology
  • Identify partnerships and potential synergies
  • Regional policy & advocacy initiatives
  • Standardization & certification
  • Opportunity to be involved in all of the above!

What we initiate

  • Policy recommendations
  • Standardization and Certification
  • Business collaborations
  • Technology partnerships
  • Data transparency
  • Support in research
  • Events and workshops

Board of the Association

Honorary Board

AVF Structure

Introduction to the organisational structure

Division Leads

A division is a community of Project Groups united by a common purpose. Every Division has a responsible person that connects every Project Group to AVFi and the global vertical farming network.

Project Groups

A Project Group (PG) is a team of people that works together to address a specific goal or challenge within the vertical farming movement.

If you wish to have a global impact and make your mark on the future of our food systems by collaborating with the movers and shakers of the global industry, then apply now to be part of a Project Group or to start one up yourself.

Click on any of the Project Groups to find out what they are all about. If you have any questions or if you want to join any of them, contact your relevant Project Group Manager.

To help the movement grow faster, the AVF is starting up vertical farming education, online and offline.

The purpose is twofold:

(1) To help future vertical farmers gather all the knowledge and training to engage in professional and sustainable vertical farming.

(2)To build a globally connected community around accurate data and resources about sustainable vertical farming, encouraging more collaboration and development.

For more on this topic please visit the AVF Academy website.

Project Group Manager: Maya Ezzeddine & Petr Kirpeit
Contact: pk@vertical-farming.net

Project Group Members:

  • Petr Kirpeit
  • Davide De Mauro
  • Berrak Celik

The AVF represents the VF industry and broader movement as a whole. It is imperative to know the shape, depth and boundaries of that space. The purpose of the White Papers is to do precisely that. They will provide our members and the wider world with accurate, timely and in-depth information – from the state of the industry to the state of the art.

The AVF is constantly looking for highly skilled and motivated students / researchers / businesses / institution  who are willing to invest a substantial amount of time and effort to conduct a research and consecutively draft an AVF sponsored industry whitepaper on a relevant topic.

Project Group Managers: Thomas Zoellner, Penny McBride
Contact: mh@vertical-farming.net

To make Vertical Farming even more financially and ecologically sustainable, AVFami is researching possible synergies between 4 different kind of controlled environment food production systems: plant, mushroom, fish and insect cultivation.

In nature we see loops and ecosystems that are operating very efficiently. We use these facts as inspiration to look at connections between the systems and we believe we can achieve the same natural balance through man-made technology.

ps: AMI stands for Aquaponics, Mushrooms & Insects

Project Group Manager: Megan Munkacsy
Contact: mm@vertical-farming.net

Project Group Members

  • Rares Nistor
  • Radu-Mircea Giurgiu
  • Seppe Salari – Insect Ambassador
  • Diane Esvan – Algae Ambassador
  • Zjef Van Acker – Mushroom Ambassador
  • Andreas Woell – Aquaponics ambassador


2017 Whitepaper: Controlled Agriculture & Ecosystem Economies; A thought Leadership Piece on Using Vertical Farming Systems to Feed Each Other and Create Greener Urban Spaces

The Circular Vertical Farm Rollup banners at the AVFsummit 2016:

Vertical Farming needs standardisation to flourish. Cities and other governmental bodies need standardisation in order to plan and monitor effectively. The VF world is not currently standardised. Equally, existing certification schemes do not adequately all the specifics of VF. So the AVF is developing its own VF specific certification scheme. Along the way, it will set the benchmarks for all the relevant industry metrics.

Link to research paper by Columbia University on the subject of “Sustainability certification for indoor urban and vertical farms“.

Project Group Manager: Mark Horler
Contact: mh@vertical-farming.net


    • Maya Ezzedine

Standardised formats benefit every industry. Their creation allows everyone to move to the next level of development, rather than continually reinventing the wheel. This is the case with plant recipe in VF – there is no agreed format at present. As a result, there are nearly as many formats for this information as there are businesses! We are changing that, creating one standard format for plant recipes

Project Group Manager: Mark Horler
Contact: mh@vertical-farming.net

Patrick Rota (Swissponic)

All industries both require and benefit from interaction with governments and policy. The purpose of this Project Group is to engage with these requirements, to advocate for VF as a whole and to gather relevant expertise and information to maximise impact in this area.

Project Group Manager: Christine Zimmermann-Loessl
Contact: czl@vertical-farming.net

All industries both require and benefit from interaction with governments and policy. The purpose of this Project Group is to engage with these requirements, to advocate for VF as a whole and to gather relevant expertise and information to maximise impact in this area.

Project Group Manager: Mark Horler
Contact: mh@vertical-farming.net

Our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram) are some of our most powerful tools when it comes to effectively communicate what we do on a daily basis to our international audience.

Project Group Manager: Isha Singh
Contact: ishasingh@gmail.com


  • Amos Bassi

Hosted by Broadcast Manager Jason Moon, the AVFfm podcast brings together industry leaders from the lighting industry, AI & IoT sector, Analysts, researchers, lobbyists, hydroponic experts, farmers, retailers, architects and much more – all in one podcast series!

Along with his guests, Jason will unwrap some of the most thought provoking topics in the vertical farming industry, discuss various aspects of it and introduce some of the work being done by the AVF team and their partners.

AVF members are eligible to apply for an interview at AVFfm. If you are a registered member of the AVF and you wish to share your thoughts with the Vertical Farming community – please feel encouraged to contact Jason for further details.

Project Group Manager: Jason moon
Contact: jayjmoon94@gmail.com


  • The AVF is looking for a talented volunteering editor for the AVFfm : The Vertical Farming Podcast, if you think you are the right fit, please send over your CV along with a motivation letter to Stephane sr@vertical-farming.net

The website of the Association for Vertical Farming is our main platform and primary mean of communication. This is where we aggregate, process and communicate the bulk of our work in the industry to the Vertical Farming community worldwide.

Project Group Manager: Stephane Razzon
Contact: sr@vertical-farming.net


  • Jakob Oelkers
  • Petr Kirpeit
  • Eric Insel
  • Andreas Mueller

We are constantly looking into getting grants to fund the project groups and operations of the AVF.

Project Group Manager: Christine Zimmermann-Loessl
Contact: czl@vertical-farming.net

Be part of a movement that shapes a new industry and advocates for more sustainable food production systems.


#1 – Name and Location

The Non-Profit Association is called Association for Vertical Farming e.V. and is registered at the Register of Associations in Germany and from then on be known as Association for Vertical Farming e.V.. The Association exclusively and directly pursues beneficent (charitable) and/or not for profit purposes in terms of the chapter tax-advantages purposes of German fiscal code.

  1. The registered office is in Munich, Germany
  2. The fiscal year is the calendar year

The purposes of the Association are the advancement of science and research, the encouragement of education in the fields of environmental protection, as well as charitable purposes. In particular, the Association for Vertical Farming, fulfils the mission of its articles through:

  • Own research projects and studies in the fields of Vertical Farming, as well as publishing these results.
  • Training, workshops and educational measures for the demonstration and use of Vertical Farming as an environmentally friendly method of agriculture and the preservation of existing habitats and protection of water resources.
  • – Financial support of research projects other institutions or persons in this field.
  • Free of charge supply of Vertical Farming Systems to persons according to § 53 AO. (Dependent on assistance due to their physical, mental, emotional or financial condition.)


The Association acts altruistically; it does not primarily aim at its own economic interests.


Resources of the Association can only be used for statutory purposes. The members of the Association do not obtain any benefits from the funds of the Association.


No person may benefit from expenditures that are not related to the purpose of the Association or through inappropriately high payments.

#5 – Membership

(1) All institutions or natural persons who are 18 years of age or older can become members of the Association. This can be achieved through a written application, which has to be addressed to the Board of Directors.

(2) The membership is granted and becomes effective upon written notice of acceptance by the Board of Directors and through the receipt of the membership fee.

(3) The general meeting is able to appoint Honorary Members for life on recommendation of the Board of Directors

#6 –  End of Membership

The Membership ends by death, through written notice of resignation or exclusion. Resignation from the Association is made in writing to the Board of Directors and takes effect at the end of the period covered by the membership fee. The exclusion from the Association is decided by the general meeting with a majority of three quarters of the present members.

#7 – Membership Fees

(1) Members of the Association have to pay an annual membership fee. The amount of the annual membership fees is decided upon in the general meeting. If necessary, the Board of Directors may, upon resolution of the majority, convene an exemption of individual membership fees partially or totally; Honorary Members are exempt of all membership fees for life. (2) The membership fee is to be paid annually in advance.

#8 – Rights and Obligations of Members

(1) Every member has the right to be actively involved in achieving the mission of the Association and the right to participate in events and activities. Each member has equal voting rights in the annual general meeting.

(2) Every member has the obligation to foster the interests of the Association, especially to pay regular membership fees and to support the activities of the Association according to the best of his/her ability.

(3) Within the framework of the Association’s statutes and goals every member is allowed to use its equipment and get unceasing advice and support by the Board of Directors.

(4) Each member can form a project group after confirmation through the Board of Directors.

#9 – Bodies of the Association

The bodies of the Association are the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Board of Directors (BoD) and the Advisory Board (AB).

#10 – The Board of Directors

The BoD of the Association consists of the Chairman of the Board and two Vice-Chairs. The Association shall be represented judicially and otherwise by the Chairman of the Board or by a Vice-Chair of the Board, each acting individually. The BoD can appoint full-time staff.

#11 – Terms of Mandate and Decision of Amendments by the Board of Directors

(1) The BoD will be elected by the Annual General Meeting for a duration of two years, starting at the day of the election. The BoD will stay in power after its term, until an election has taken place to elect a new BoD.

(2) The BoD will make decisions in its meetings, which have to be scheduled in written form, by phone or by email.

#12 – Annual General Meeting of Members

(1) At least once a year there will be an Annual General Meeting. This body decides about membership fees, discharge of the BoD, new election of BoD and other important topics. An extraordinary general meeting can be called with the vote of 1/3 of the members.

(2) The convocation of the General Meeting shall be executed by the BoD with a notice period of at least two weeks in a written form with the announcement of the agenda. The agenda can be changed or supplemented by the decision of the majority of the general meeting; this does not include changes to statutes.

(3) The general meeting comes to decision by a simple majority of present members. Abstentions from voting and invalid votes are not taken into consideration.

#13 – The Advisory Board

The Advisory Board shall advise and support the association in all professional matters. Members of the Advisory Board are appointed by the BoD.

#14 – Certification of the Resolutions of the Association

Resolutions by the BoD and the general meetings shall be written in a protocol signed by the chairperson, or vice chair or any other appointed recorder of the minutes.

#15 –  Dissolution of the Association

Upon the cessation of its tax-exempt objectives, the funds of the Association shall be devolved upon the Myanmar Kinderhilfe e.V. Fürstenbergerstr.171, 60322 Frankfurt a.M., they will directly and exclusively be used for charitable purposes.

Munich, 23rd of June 2013

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