AVFfm – The Vertical Farming Podcast

AVFfm – The Vertical Farming Podcast

Hey Listeners,

Last month I had a chance to talk with Dr. Sally Rockey. Sally is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). FFAR is a private non-profit foundation created in 2014 out of the Farm Bill. I had a chance to talk more in depth with Sally about how the Foundation for Food and Agriculture is advancing the indoor vertical farming industry.


Podcast Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iURY0JkEyAczyajAalKMWVV4qgYLAidl/view?usp=sharing

Hey Listeners,

In this segment I had a chance to talk with Frank Sharp, a Senior Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). EPRI is a non profit organization which focuses on research in electricity. EPRI’s focus is to enhance the quality of life by making electric power safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible (EPRI). Learn more about how EPRI is helping grow the indoor vertical farming industry through clicking the  link below:




Moon, Jason A, and Frank Sharp. “EPRI Interview.” EPRI Public Site, 4 Feb. 2018, www.epri.com/#/about/epri. Accessed 1 Apr. 2018.

Hi Listeners,

For this segment of the AVFfm podcast I had the pleasure of interviewing the AVFs Vice Chairman Tom Zöellner. Tom is an entrepreneur and expert for innovation in agri-tech, with a solid base in the vertical farming industry.

Episode Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hHXBUjW0C88YRxhDn6Qsn9eVy3dJm2D-/view?usp=sharing

We hope you enjoy this episode!

On May 7, 2012, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed by President Barack Obama to a six-year term appointment as director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  NIFA is a federal agency within the United States Department of Agirculture (USDA) as a part of the USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area (National Institute of Food and Agriculture). The agency administers federal funding to address the agricultural issues impacting people’s daily lives and nation’s future.

I had a chance to meet Dr. Sonny at the 2017 Association for Vertical Farming summit in Washington D.C. Sonny opened the 2017 conference with a great lecture. In our post summit conversation Sonny and I cover topics from fighting pests with orange enzymes, where to find grant money opportunities, and the possibility of a world with mini chickens.

Enjoy a conversation with Dr. Sonny using this link.


USDA. “National Institute of Food and Agriculture.” About NIFA , National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 2017, nifa.usda.gov/about-nifa.

NIFA, and USDA. “National Institute of Food and Agriculture.” Sonny Ramaswamy , National Institue of Food and Agriculture, 2017, nifa.usda.gov/staff-contact/sonny-ramaswamy.

A couple of days after the AVF Summit, Broadcast Manager Jason Moon sat down with Principal Bob Van Heuvelen and Legislative Assistant Bobby Cunningham from VH Strategies at their Washington D.C. offices.

VH Strategies is a bipartisan government affairs and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with offices in The Hague and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. VH Strategies has initiated the Agricultural Innovation Alliance, a coalition of individuals, institutions, and companies working to promote change in food and farm policy at the federal, state, and local level.

In this episode of the Vertical Farming Podcast Jason, Bobby and Bob discuss their partnership with the AVF with regards to Policy and legislation, the Agricultural Innovation Alliance and share their thoughts on the recently held 3rd Annual AVF Summit.

Without further ado, we bring you – VH Strategies:

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

In February of this year, the city of Atlanta hosted its’ first indoor agriculture conference titled #Aglanta. Mario Cambordelli, Atlanta’s first Director of Urban Agriculture was one of the primary organizers of this unique event. The Association for Vertical Farming Broadcast Manager: Jason Moon had a chance to recap the Aglanta conference with Mario and discuss the development of indoor agriculture and it’s future role for the city of Atlanta. You can listen to our first episode right here.