Day One

Presentation - Ben Lee – Founder and CEO, Invertigro

Context  - Food is the interface where community and business interest can coincide in a productive harmony, if well planned. A growing number of cities are seeing food production integrated into new buildings and ‘urban oases’. Vertical farms and similar agricultural technologies present the fulcrum between small-scale aspirational urban food and scale food production.

Challenge - Vertical Farms are arguably one of the most compelling of the new urban farming systems but do the economics stack up – do they pass the investment test? What’s holding them back in cities like Canberra?


  • Facilitator - Graeme Smith, Graeme Smith Consulting.

  • Ben Lee, InvertiGro – the modular model – for farm or suburb.

  • Nigel Blair, E-Agri – the market opportunity.

  • John Leslie, Vertical Farming Systems – large scale technology.

  • James Pateras, Modular Farms Australia

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