Join Harry Duran, host of Vertical Farming Podcast, as he welcomes to the show co-founder and Chief Science Officer (CSO) of Plenty, Nate Storey. Plenty is on a mission to bring fresh, local produce to communities everywhere in a way that’s better for the environment. In this episode, Harry and Nate discuss Plenty’s local field-scale indoor farms, the importance of having supportive infrastructure for vertical farming and the work Nate is doing at Plenty to promote social responsibility and better food for all.
- 03:22 – Harry welcomes to the show Nate Storey, who shares his thoughts on the impact of COVID-19, what piqued his interest in vertical farming and what inspired him to start his first business, Bright Agrotech
- 12:18 – Nate speaks to mentors who have influenced his career, lessons he’s learned and why vertical farming is truly his calling
- 16:19 – Nate tells the story of how he met fellow Plenty co-founder, Matt Barnard as well as common misconceptions towards indoor agriculture
- 21:18 – How Plenty’s mission has evolved and innovated throughout the years
- 24:20 – The importance of having a supporting infrastructure for vertical farming
- 27:59 – How Plenty decides on where to locate its farms and where they are focusing their growth
- 34:13 – Nate discusses the work Plenty is doing to advance social responsibility
- 38:43 – Nate expounds on his roles and responsibilities as Chief Science Officer
- 42:54 – Harry and Nate discuss the unique technologies that Plenty utilizes
- 49:33 – A tough question Nate has had to ask himself lately and a hobby that keeps Nate busy
- 53:00 – Harry thanks Nate for joining the show and let’s listeners know where they can learn more about Plenty
“Covid has been a bit of a reckoning for the world in a lot of different spheres. But certainly in the sphere of managing long-distance supply chains and keeping things on the shelf – things that people have always taken for granted.” (04:23)
“The thing about having things magically show up on retail shelves for decades without interruption is that you start to take for granted the complexity and the difficulty of making those things show up on the shelf.” (24:50)
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