To My “Grandfather”, Dr. David C. Korten, who inspired me to consider the wider world in my quest to acquire great wealth and power.

I have found inspiration in the life force of plants.

Dr. David C. Korten

Dickson Despommier is clearly the pre-eminent thought leader in this space of “Vertical Farming” and his leadership and good humor inspires me everyday. These are fundamental resources for a better world.

Vertical Farm – Dickson Despommier

Urban Agriculture – Hosted by Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Associations which inspire us

Association for Vertical Farming

The Aquaponics Association

Research which inspires us

MIT City Farm | As part of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, we explore the technological, environmental, social and economic design of scalable systems capable of producing affordable and high quality food in the heart of our future cities.


The Lexicon of Sustainability

Can Urban Agriculture Feed Los Angeles?

Local Food Movements which inspire us

Harvest to Home – Organic Vegetable & Herb Garden Service

Specific crops which inspires us (farmers get excited over strange things)

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis)

Water-wise growing techniques other than vertical farming – Wicking Beds

Aquaponics and Wicking Beds

How to Make an in-ground Wicking Bed

How to make a wicking box (mini wicking bed)

From the bottom up – A DIY guide to wicking beds


Two Buckets on a Mission to reduce global malnutrition

Organizations helping others to innovate which inspires us

Ingenuity Innovation Center – St. Helens, Oregon

Ingenuity Innovation Center Facebook Page – St. Helens, Oregon

B Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Celebrities using the power of plants to inspire us

Snoop Lion’s Mind Gardens – Los Angeles, CA

Commercial Specifically Aquaponics Farms which inspire us

Green Sky Growers – Winter Garden, FL

Green Acre Aquaponics

Commercial Vertical Farms which inspire us

Fresh With Edge – Rochester, MN

BrightFarms – New York, NY

Growtainer(tm) – New York, NY

The Farmery – Raleigh, North Carolina

Freight Farms – Boston, Massachusetts

Lufa Farms – Montreal, Canada

Caliber Biotherapeutics, LLC is a biotechnology company based in Bryan, Texas with a mission to develop and commercialize protein-based therapeutics that improve outcomes for patients with cancer and other diseases.

AeroFarms – Newark, New Jersey

Green Sense Farms – Portage, Indiana

Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Small Farms which inspire us

Farm Fresh to You – Capay, California

Cure Organic Farm – Boulder, Colorado

Great indoor farming ideas which inspire us

Grove Labs Home Farm

Educational Institutions which inspire us

Environmental Charter High School – Lawndale, California

Government supported resources which inspire us

The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

Forums which inspire us

Aquaponic Gardening Community

Lighting Technologies which inspire us

Lumigrow – Novato, California

Induction Grow Lights – Beachwood, Ohio

Black Dog LED Lighting Systems – Boulder, Colorado

Control and Automation Technologies which inspire us

Edyn – Welcome to the Connected Garden

Littlebits Electronics – New York City, New York

Hydroponic Automation Platform (HAPI) – Columbus, Ohio

The OsmoBot – Berkeley, CA

General Technologies which inspire us

American Lime Technology – Chicago, Illinois

WaterFurnace geothermal systems – Fort Wayne, Indiana

Non-Profit Organizations which inspire us

Arthur & Friends – Newton, New Jersey

Los Angeles Food Policy Council – Los Angeles, California

San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance (SFUAA)  – San Francisco, California

For Profit Companies which inspire us

EVOFarm – Los Angeles, CA

Ecoscraps – Sandy, Utah

Hometown Farms – San Diego, California

TerraSphere Systems – Boston, Massachusetts

The Plant – Chicago, Illinois vertical farm and food business incubator

Green Spirit Farms – New Buffalo, Michigan

Omega Garden Hydroponics Design – Qualicum Beach, B.C. Canada

NatureSweet Tomatoes also as owner of Eurofresh – San Antonio, Texas

Plant Knowledge which inspires us

American Botanical Council

Friends around the web that inspire us


Urban Farm Online – Online Magazine

Blake Kurasek – Architect

Aquaponics and Hydroponics Consultants which inspire us

Bright Agrotech – Laramie, Wyoming

Verti-Gro Hydroponic Growing Systems – Summerfield, Florida

Aqua Planet Online – Decatur, Georgia

Portable Farms

Friendly Aquaponics – Honoka’a, Hawaii

The Aquaponics Source

AirGrown(tm) Sytems – Indiantown, Florida

Murray Hallam’s Practical Aquaponics – Queensland, Australia

AeroFarms(tm) system

Nelson and Pade

Hydroponics Plus

American Hydroponics – Arcata, California

Seed Sources which inspire us

West Coast Seeds

Organic Certifiers and Resources which inspire us

National Organic Program (NOP)

Organic Certifiers (OC)

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

Sustainable Agriculture Resource Companies which inspire us

Seedstock Social Ventures

Legislation and Public Policy which inspire us

California Food Policy Advocates

Global Initiatives in Food which inspire us

The World Food Prize

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