HGS#1 22:38

“It goes back to understanding the differences and complexities between different types of agriculture that could work in a city. Because cities don’t understand those differences, they either  create incentives that are one sided, and support one, or they do it on a piecemeal case by case basis. So if a company comes with the right economic development pitch, a big vertical farming company, they are going to get money, they are going to get a deal on space. But then some of these  more regenerative, or circular or smaller projects don’t get that same kind of support. In contrast, you could have a city that doesn’t understand that there is an economic benefit for agriculture and they only see it as a community impact – and so they provide grant money for schools, grant money for community gardens, focussed  more on food equity, on access, and not focussed on Jobs or long term economic benefit. And both of those scenarios are not successful in my opinion. Both of those scenarios don’t think about the city as a canvas and agriculture as a type of integration for the city that should be understood and embraces based on its diversity and its varied impact.” 22:38 

Referencing Audio File

First call with Henry Gordon-Smith of Agritecture.com

02/01/2019 13:30