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2011 grad to talk about urban farming and small business

Alumni , Areas of Study , Entrepreneurship , Entrepreneurship Society , Featured Events , Stories Student Organizations & Clubs | Feb 21, 2012 |

The idea of urban farming sounds odd, but it’s actually an area of enormous potential for entrepreneurs looking to start new ventures in the field of sustainable business.

Hear about the growing (get it?) business opportunities in urban agriculture from Boris Alergant (GSB ’11), co-founder of a business called Garden Up: Small Space, Lots of Garden. He’ll be coming back to campus to talk to the Entrepreneurship Society as well as any other Fordham students who are interested.

Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Dealy 201
Registration: None needed. Just show up.

Urban farming, or “vertical farming,” is a significant enough topic that city planners, environmentalists, sustainability experts, venture capitalists and others have it at the top of their minds. An expert from Columbia University even came to Fordham earlier this year to talk to our Sustainable Business program students about it.

Mr. Alergant’s business, Garden Up, provides one solution to one of urban farming’s challenges: the need to successfully cultivate fruits and vegetables in an extremely small amount of space. The company sells a drip hydroponic system designed to help people and businesses grow their own produce. Mr. Alergant’s presentation promises to be interesting both to anyone interested in sustainable agriculture in an urban environment and anyone interested in getting a startup venture off the ground. In addition to his appearance, the Entrepreneurship Society meeting will offer brand-building practice exercises.

For more information, view Garden Up’s video on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ringme/vertical-food-gardens-small-space-lots-of-garden?ref=card


Photograph courtesy of DCJohn on Flickr’s Creative Commons.

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