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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Grow Different: AgTech and Urban Farming Now Open

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How are we going to feed the next billion? As populations continue to urbanize, the future of food might be more concrete jungle than farm to table. Join these visionaries on the cutting edge of biology, architecture, and nutrition.

Moderators
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Duron Chavis

Community Engagement Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Presently Chavis is engaged in coordinating innovative and dynamic initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and food security in a culturally relevant way. Chavis has served as a Clean Air Ambassador on behalf of Earthjustice and the Hip Hop Caucus. He is an alumni of Leadership... Read More →

Speakers
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Jason Green

CEO & Co-founder, Edenworks
Jason Green is CEO + Cofounder at Edenworks, a Brooklyn-based indoor agriculture company. Jason has spent his career at the nexus of hardware, software, and biology. Prior to Edenworks, Jason developed virtual reality-based neurorehabilitation technologies and served as a Howard Hughes... Read More →
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Christine Keller

Head of Product & Marketing, Plenty
Christine Keller brings twenty years of consumer packaged goods expertise to Plenty, having worked with some of the largest food and produce companies in the world including Albertsons/Safeway, Chiquita, and Dole. Christine has also directed innovation projects for global brands such... Read More →
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April Philips

President, April Philips Design Works
April Philips, FASLA, is a landscape architect, thought leader, artist, and author. She is founder of April Philips Design Works, an award winning landscape architecture firm whose work focuses on a fusion of nature, art, and technology. April is a national leader in both research... Read More →
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Jack Ross

Co-founder, Beanstalk Farms LLC
Jack started Beanstalk with his brother, Michael, to create a sustainable abundance of food through technological innovations. He graduated from UVA’s engineering school in 2017 and is working on building a fully automated indoor farm, capable of growing pesticide free, non-GMO... Read More →




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