Sky is the Limit as Sky Vegetables Hosts Urban Agriculture Summit

BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Sky Vegetables, will host a
summit of industry-leading specialists from around the world at the first-ever
Building-Integrated Sustainable Agriculture (B-ISA) Summit, December 12th and
13th at the Durant Hotel, in Berkeley, California.

“We hope to develop an open source rooftop farm prototype, and to create a
strong network of support for the B-ISA initiative as a solution to the global
food, energy and water crises,” said Sky Vegetables’ 22-year-old founder and
summit co-host, Keith Agoada.

Entrepreneurial and visionary, the hard-working Agoada is no stranger to
big ideas. Agoada worked with summit co-host and noted industry expert, James
Kalin, to introduce collaborative brainstorming for an open-source prototype
for rooftop farming. And, last year eco-preneur Agoada’s Sky Vegetables urban
farming business plan (to build hydroponic greenhouses on the rooftops of
grocery stores) took home the top prize at the University of Wisconsin School
of Business, where he was a senior.

Sky Vegetables is an idea whose time is ripe, with a unique business model
to meet the growing demand for affordable, fresh, nutritious and chemical-free
local produce, while reducing the energy and food transportation costs
normally associated with food production. Sky is currently launching a pilot
program in the Bay Area and is planning to have its first unit in operation
for harvest by autumn of 2009.

More than 15 presenters, and 30 attendees are expected to attend the
invitation-only, two-day summit, where experts will convene from the diverse
disciplines of architecture, structural engineering, aquaponics, controlled
environment greenhouses, composting, alternative energy, automated systems,
aquaculture, hydroponics, horticulture, integrated biological systems,
sustainable farming, water economics, urban agriculture, and green business.

Summit organizers anticipate that the group will work to generate the
precise wording of a proposed US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED(TM)) Credit for B-ISA systems in general, and
the group’s rooftop farm design prototype in particular. USGBC’s LEED is the
nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of
high-performance green buildings. For more information about the B-ISA summit,
or a list of presenters and topics, go to or


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