How to become a leader in CEA industry

How to become a leader in CEA industry

I frequently get questions about how to enter the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry. Whether it’s students or professionals with experience in other sectors, people seem to want to know more about how I was able to build a business and brand around urban agriculture, vertical farming, greenhouses, and climate-smart agriculture. 

CEA is a rapidly growing industry that utilizes technology to optimize plant growth in indoor or protected outdoor environments. This includes methods such as hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics, and can be applied to a wide range of crops, including leafy greens, herbs, and even fruits and vegetables - and eventually other crops, too.

I am “long” on CEA, meaning that I believe the sector will continue to grow steadily in the coming decades as global society grapples with climate volatility. Farmers are under increasing pressure to adapt, and CEA is one way for new and existing farmers to thrive in a world of climate insecurity. We won’t be able to adapt without more fresh minds and energy in the CEA sector and that is why I continue to invest in democratizing pathways to success for those planning farms and careers in this exciting sector. 

Breaking into the CEA industry can be challenging, as it requires a unique combination of technical knowledge, business acumen, and passion for sustainable agriculture. However, with the right skills, resources, and mindset, it is possible to make a successful transition into this exciting field.

As a quick reminder, here are my 3 previous tips for breaking into the industry: 

  1. Build your archive 

  2. Grow your network 

  3. Get hands-on experience 

Continue reading.

Photo Credit: Serenbee Farms.



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