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Saturday, March 14 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Future of Food? A Personal Growing Revolution

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While interest in food consumption has persisted through millennia, food production has been banished in thought and practice from our convenience-driven, urban lifestyles. Today, a renewed emphasis on food production is catalysing the creation of products that will empower people to grow their own healthy, sustainable food.
In this panel we’ll explore personal food production through:
-Food culture. Will personal connection be lost to increasingly automated technologies? If so, is that ok?
-Economics. How do we quantify and compare the differences in value between home grown vs grocery store produce?
-Growing techniques. Everything from soil-based growing, to sterile hydroponics, to ecoponics.
-Lighting techniques, from LEDs to natural light. Is indoor growing with artificial lights really more sustainable than shipping fresh food thousands of miles?
In this panel, we’ll explore the realities of personal food production with some of the leaders of this growing field. Join us!

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Gabriel Blanchet

Co-Founder/CEO, Grove Labs
Gabe Blanchet is an MIT-trained engineer as well as Co-Founder and CEO of Grove Labs. After graduating high school at 17, Gabe took a gap year, designing and building a 1500mpg-equivalent electric car. Gabe then enrolled at MIT studying Mechanical Engineering where he worked on several... Read More →
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Jamie Byron

Co-founder & Inventor, Grove Labs
Jamie Byron is an inventor at and co-founder of Grove Labs. Jamie founded Grove with his roommate and best friend Gabe Blanchet, in their MIT fraternity room, after living with Jamie’s hacked together aquaponic garden through the harsh Boston winter. Formally educated as an aerospace... Read More →
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Caleb Harper

Research Scientist, MIT City Farm
Through thoughtful research, design and synthesis of housing, health, food, water, economics and locale; Caleb is part of a new generation of multi-faceted thought leaders offering innovative solutions for urban development in a global context.

Larry Santoyo

Dir, The Permaculture Academy

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Driskill Hotel Maximilian

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