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Dec 27, 2022

Can Indoor Farming Save Our Food Supply From Climate Change?

"A.I has enabled us to get very precise measures and give the plants precisely what the plans need...(So) The yields in our greenhouses are about 30x the traditional farm." and without any chemicals. Jackie Roberts on Electric Ladies Podcast (known as Green Connections Radio)

What if we could grow our fruits and veggies without worrying about the weather? A new massive indoor farm called AppHarvest thinks they have found a way.

Listen to Jackie Roberts, Chief Sustainability Officer of AppHarvest, describe how their massive 60-acre indoor farm is climate resilient and innovative - and produces yummy produce – in this engaging conversation with Electric Ladies Podcast host Joan Michelson. Jackie was also awarded the White House Presidential Environment and Conservation Challenge Award. (This was recorded under the show’s previous name, Green Connections Radio.)


You'll learn:

  • How A.I. and micro-sensors enable them to target nutrients and water to exactly what plants need and w
  • Why their crops are non-GMO (genetically modified) – and when GMO is a good thing.
  • How precision agriculture is a gift to sustainability.
  • How their farm is climate resilient, even in hurricane and tornado prone Appalachia, and prepared for very high wind sheer.
  • ..valuable career advice for women in any career and at any level from her varied career, including previously at the Environmental Defense Fund working with multinationals, and at influential private equity firm The Carlyle Group, and now at AppHarvest.


"I really appreciate that in each role, I’ve learned something new…(always) working with integrating sustainability into all functions and financial systems. "

Jackie Roberts on Electric Ladies Podcast


You'll also like: (some of these were recorded under our show’s previous name, Green Connections Radio)

  • Dr. Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer, Dole Sunshine Foods, on preserving nutrition in fruits and veggies to combat climate change.
  • Erika Wollam Nichols, President & General Manager, The Bluebird Café, iconic Nashville music venue
  • Cindi Bigelow, CEO, Bigelow Tea, on converting a 75-year old tea company to combat climate change.
  • Gabrielle Rubenstein, Managing Partner and Founder, Manna Tree Partners, investors in food companies making our food supply more transparent and healthier.
  • Robin Currey, Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Prescott College.
  • Amy Bachman, DC Central Kitchen on food security and reducing food waste.

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