About Us

Founded in 2014, Agritecture Consulting (formerly Blue Planet Consulting) provides advisory services in the design, planning, implementation and operation of urban agriculture projects.

We offer our clients the tools, data, ideas, network, and expertise needed to ensure their success. We consult globally and are based in New York City. 

Agritecture Consulting’s expertise is in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), a rapidly developing industry that is gaining traction and predicted to be valued at $9 billion by 2020. Our project experience includes hydroponic greenhouses, vertical farms, and sustainability learning labs.

 
 

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower impact-driven organizations to develop feasible urban farming operations, turning their business ideas into practical and sustainable realities.

 
 

Our Vision

A world where commercial urban agriculture is economically feasible, reduces the carbon impact of the food system, and improves food security. 

 
 

Our Team

 
 Henry Gordon-Smith, Founder & Managing Director  Henry helps clients identify and focus their goals and prepares consulting proposals. Henry also manages the entire Agritecture Consulting team. He is an acknowledged global thought leader in the emerging vertical farming industry. In 2011, he started the blog Agritecture.com and in 2014 he started Blue Planet Consulting (now Agritecture Consulting) to provide expert guidance on planning and launching urban agriculture projects. Henry grew up around the world and has a unique capacity to develop creative solutions to local and global problems. He earned his BA in Political Science from UBC, a certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.    LinkedIn

Henry Gordon-Smith,
Founder & Managing Director

Henry helps clients identify and focus their goals and prepares consulting proposals. Henry also manages the entire Agritecture Consulting team. He is an acknowledged global thought leader in the emerging vertical farming industry. In 2011, he started the blog Agritecture.com and in 2014 he started Blue Planet Consulting (now Agritecture Consulting) to provide expert guidance on planning and launching urban agriculture projects. Henry grew up around the world and has a unique capacity to develop creative solutions to local and global problems. He earned his BA in Political Science from UBC, a certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. 

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 Jeffrey Landau, Director of Business Development  Jeffrey works with clients to develop their bill of materials, model system infrastructure, and determine appropriate HVAC needs. He obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech he completed a one-year Co-Op with Delta Air Lines and volunteered extensively with urban agricultural non-profit organizations in Atlanta. In Australia, he further participated in WWOOFing and developed a keen interest in solving current and future food production problems.   LinkedIn

Jeffrey Landau,
Director of Business Development

Jeffrey works with clients to develop their bill of materials, model system infrastructure, and determine appropriate HVAC needs. He obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech he completed a one-year Co-Op with Delta Air Lines and volunteered extensively with urban agricultural non-profit organizations in Atlanta. In Australia, he further participated in WWOOFing and developed a keen interest in solving current and future food production problems.

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 Yara Nagi, Operations Director  Yara advises on sustainability related matters for clients and assess the economic viability of their projects. She gained an interest in sustainable agriculture from her work experience in the Middle East. Yara has lived in between the United States and the MENA-GCC Region, developing programming aimed to spread sustainability practices within organizations and educational institutions. She holds an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and a BSc in Environmental Health with a double minor in Education and Public Health.   LinkedIn  

Yara Nagi,
Operations Director

Yara advises on sustainability related matters for clients and assess the economic viability of their projects. She gained an interest in sustainable agriculture from her work experience in the Middle East. Yara has lived in between the United States and the MENA-GCC Region, developing programming aimed to spread sustainability practices within organizations and educational institutions. She holds an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and a BSc in Environmental Health with a double minor in Education and Public Health.

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 Djavid Amidi-Abraham, Lead Systems Designer  Djavid oversees project development and helps clients determine the right growing method, crop choice, and labor management methods. He has a professional background in sustainable technologies including hydroponic equipment distribution, vertical axis wind turbine sales, and carbon sequestration applications. Djavid's focus is to build the most sustainable and low-carbon systems possible. He holds a BA in History and Environmental Studies from Binghamton University, and has developed and worked on farms internationally.   LinkedIn  

Djavid Amidi-Abraham,
Lead Systems Designer

Djavid oversees project development and helps clients determine the right growing method, crop choice, and labor management methods. He has a professional background in sustainable technologies including hydroponic equipment distribution, vertical axis wind turbine sales, and carbon sequestration applications. Djavid's focus is to build the most sustainable and low-carbon systems possible. He holds a BA in History and Environmental Studies from Binghamton University, and has developed and worked on farms internationally.

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 Scott Carrus, Lead Horticulturist  Scott manages our Bronx greenhouse in partnership with Sky Vegetables and for hire trials available to clients. He specializes in exotic plants and controlled environment operations and experience researching the effects of environmental factors on the taste and quality of crops. His passion for plants developed while working on an educational farm in Israel. Scott holds a BS in Plant Science and Greenhouse Management at the University of Maryland.    LinkedIn

Scott Carrus,
Lead Horticulturist

Scott manages our Bronx greenhouse in partnership with Sky Vegetables and for hire trials available to clients. He specializes in exotic plants and controlled environment operations and experience researching the effects of environmental factors on the taste and quality of crops. His passion for plants developed while working on an educational farm in Israel. Scott holds a BS in Plant Science and Greenhouse Management at the University of Maryland. 

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 David Ceaser, Horticulture Consultant  David advises on growing and operations related questions for our clients and assists with our West Coast business activities. David has more than 15 years experience working in numerous types of agriculture, including indoor and outdoor hydroponics and soil based ag.  David has an MBA in sustainable management, a BA in environmental studies with a focus on agroecology and a certificate in horticulture.  He has lived and worked in numerous countries but currently resides in California.   LinkedIn

David Ceaser,
Horticulture Consultant

David advises on growing and operations related questions for our clients and assists with our West Coast business activities. David has more than 15 years experience working in numerous types of agriculture, including indoor and outdoor hydroponics and soil based ag.  David has an MBA in sustainable management, a BA in environmental studies with a focus on agroecology and a certificate in horticulture.  He has lived and worked in numerous countries but currently resides in California.

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 Jessica Toledano, External Affairs Director  Jessica develops relationships in our municipal, state and federal practice.  She also works on unique public funding strategies for our non-profit clients. Jessica created the first social enterprise model in the country for a fully state supported vertical farm for autism. Previously, she has worked in government affairs promoting environmental and social justice causes throughout the United States.  Jessica is driven to improve urban agriculture planning around the world as a strategy for a cleaner and greener future.   LinkedIn

Jessica Toledano, External Affairs Director

Jessica develops relationships in our municipal, state and federal practice.  She also works on unique public funding strategies for our non-profit clients. Jessica created the first social enterprise model in the country for a fully state supported vertical farm for autism. Previously, she has worked in government affairs promoting environmental and social justice causes throughout the United States.  Jessica is driven to improve urban agriculture planning around the world as a strategy for a cleaner and greener future.

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 Scott Matus, Policy Analyst     Scott advises and consults on urban agriculture related government policies. He also manages the Agritecture.com blog, and helps to plan and run our frequent events. After apprenticing on an organic vegetable farm, Scott decided it was time to apply his passion for food and the environment back to the urban sphere. He recently received an MS in Environmental Policy from Bard College, where he focussed on urban sustainability. Scott sees urban agriculture as one of the most important ways in which cities can transition towards more sustainable ecosystems.    LinkedIn

Scott Matus, Policy Analyst

 

Scott advises and consults on urban agriculture related government policies. He also manages the Agritecture.com blog, and helps to plan and run our frequent events. After apprenticing on an organic vegetable farm, Scott decided it was time to apply his passion for food and the environment back to the urban sphere. He recently received an MS in Environmental Policy from Bard College, where he focussed on urban sustainability. Scott sees urban agriculture as one of the most important ways in which cities can transition towards more sustainable ecosystems. 

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Agritecture In the News

DIgI.CITY / AGRICULTURE WILL DRIVE CITIES TO BE SMARTER AND STRONGER / MARCH 2018

THE ATLANTIC / THE PROMISE OF INDOOR, HURRICANE-PROOF VERTICAL FARMS / FEBRUARY 2018

FUTURISM / URBAN FARMING IS THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE / JANUARY 2018

RADIO new zealand / Auckland's future: vertical farming? / DECEMBER 2017

RADIOLIVE / Vertical farming: Growing upward in jam-packed cities / DECEMBER 2017

ARCH DAILY / ¿Cuál es el futuro de la agricultura urbana en las ciudades? / NOVEMBER 2017 

Produce Grower / People in produce / October 2017

THE NEW FOOD ECONOMY / What will it really take for vertical farms to succeed? / OCTOBER 2017

BLOOMBERG / The Company Bringing the Farm Right to the Table / OCTOBER 2017

PRODUCE GROWER / PEOPLE IN PRODUCE / OCTOBER 2017

TECHNICAL.LY BROOKLYNHighlights from NYC AgTech Week 2017 / SEPTEMBER 2017

MAKER FAIREThe Future of Food: How Food Heroes are Impacting our Society / SEPTEMBER 2017

PRODUCE GROWER / AGRITECTURE, BLUE PLANET CONSULTING ANNOUNCE MERGER / SEPTEMBER 2017

BROOKLYN / BP ADAMS AND CM ESPINAL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO CREATE URBAN AGRICULTURE PLAN FOR NYC / JULY 2017

TREE HUGGER / AN URBAN AG CO-WORKING SPACE GROWS IN BROOKLYN / JUNE 2017

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL / A FARM GROWS IN THE CITY / MAY 2017

KHALEEJ TIMES / URBAN FARMING : GREEN REVOLUTION / APRIL 2017

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS / COLLOQUIUM: FOOD, TECH, AND THE CITY / MARCH 2017

ASSOCIATION FOR VERTICAL FARMING / THE VERTICAL FARMING PODCAST / FEBRUARY 2017

GREEN REAL ESTATE NYC / INTERVIEW WITH URBAN AGRICULTURE CONSULTANT HENRY GORDON-SMITH / FEBRUARY 2017

HUFFINGTON POST / GROW YOUR OWN FRESH FOOD IN THE MIDDLE OF MANHATTAN - ASK HENRY! / JUNE 2016

civil eats / Millennials Look to High-Tech Farms For Careers / JANUARY 2016

huffington post / new york city feeds itself tonight / october 2015

CITYLAB / The NewEST ODD COUPLE: REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AND URBAN FARMERS / OCTOBER 2015

THE BALTIMORE SUN / LAUREL STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS LEARN TO GROW MICROGREENS / OCTOBER 2015

GREEN PROPHET / SAVING OUR FOOD AND PLANET REQUIRES BUBBLES / SEPTEMBER 2015

CBC NEWS / GREEN ROOFS AND 'AGRITECTURE' HAVE POTENTIAL TO TRANSFORM FOOD SUPPLY IN CITIES / AUGUST 2015

GOOD / Agri-Tecture: Food's Next Big Movement?  / MARCH 2013