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SXSW 2020

Cultivating Food, Jobs & Inclusivity with AgTech

A more inclusive farming future is already here, with technology modernizing the world’s oldest industry to be accessible to diverse populations. This session explores how agtech can cultivate more than food to drive skilled employment, therapeutic environments, and actionable pathways to create meaningful connections between people, food, and technology. Panelists will discuss their work equipping adults with special needs and autism with successful and community-enriching careers in agtech using tools as advanced as they are approachable. They’ll also share how veterans are using the technology to reintegrate into the workforce – all while supplying healthy, hyper-local produce to the surrounding community through a decentralized supply chain.

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  1. Highly advanced agricultural technology has and can be designed with accessibility and inclusivity in mind.
  2. Cultivating local food can be an opportunity to not only nourish communities physically, but socially, emotionally, and economically.
  3. Real-world examples of how agtech is accessible to a wider audience, enabling more participation in the decentralization of food production.


  • Don Tobul, Owner and Operator, OD Greens LLC
  • Danielle Nierenberg, Co-Founder & President of Food Tank; Host of the "Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg" podcast, Food Tank
  • Zach Zepf, Co-Founder, Zeponic Farms
  • Jon Friedman, Co-founder and COO, Freight Farms


Caroline Katsiroubas, Director Of Marketing And Community Relations, Freight Farms

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Climate & Social Action
  • Level: Beginner
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