AMI's Farm Lab

The biggest vertical farming lab you've never seen.

AMI's Farm Lab is an online platform for exchanging data and knowledge for the improvement of high-tech food-producing ecosystems.

Use Case

2 different categories: The co-owners of AMI’s Farm Lab, and the 'normal' customers who wish to draw upon the collective knowledge of this collaboration. The co-owners connect to each other on a recurring basis, and via the platform. They help each other out with the questions they have. For the bigger questions, there is a specific call written out or events organised. The events are a co-creation, a learning experience, and attract more people to the movement. The 'normal' customers are companies, research institutes, investors, governments... They pose their questions to the collective who then joins forces to seek the best answers through shared knowledge and data. These answers come in the form of papers, feasibility studies, pilot farms, workshops, events, and much more.

Potential

Imagine starting a colony on Mars - where do you get your food, your water, your oxygen and other basic resources? Here on earth we seem to get it for free, but we are actually not getting it for free. We’ve been exploiting and destroying ecosystems that provide this for us. So it’s time to start creating regenerative high-tech food-producing ecosystems, also known as AMI systems (AMI = Aquaponics, Mushrooms & Insects). As ecosystems are extremely complex, we need to take global collaboration to the next level. That’s where AMI’s Farm Lab comes in: a commonly-owned data-sharing platform that helps create and improve AMI systems around the world.

Business Case

The plan is to answer questions with reliable data and experience from the network of farms and research institutes. They are working together to create successful AMI farms. This is done through an online platform and offline vertical farming festivals. The online platform is commonly owned and supported by a subscription model, which covers basic operational costs as well as the cost of measuring equipment. It is a way for farms to easily share their data. In return, the farms get insights and advice from others and their data. Extra revenues and learning experiences are earned by organising events (vertical farming festivals), consulting third parties, and selling feasibility studies.

Objectives:

  1. Create a legal entity with the 4 first AMI farms that share their data and organise events to learn, co-create and build the network
  2. Build an easy-to-use online platform and hardware to collect, exchange and use the data and knowledge generated by the farms.
  3. Get 30 farms to join this commonly-owned data sharing platform and create an organisation that provides global open-source education.

Team AMI's farm lab

Wageningen, Netherlands

Our Team

2nd Concept video / Published May 7, 2018 by Zjef Van Acker

2nd Concept video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOrlfq1K-9w

So We got some feedback on our first 2min-concept-video and re-edited it so it has better and more to the point information. Who can spot the piece in there where we added an extra audio-track? :-D

The very first Vertical Farming Festival - Pizza time / Published May 1, 2018 by Zjef Van Acker

The very first Vertical Farming Festival - Pizza time

With AMI's farm lab we're organising Vertical Farming Festivals to come together and geek about Vertical Farming, AMI-systems and the TFF challenge. During the very first vertical farming festival we gathered in Wageningen and quickly saw the need for Pizza :-D

A short history of AMI / Published February 28, 2018 by Zjef Van Acker

A short history of AMI

It all started a couple of years ago, during the early days of the Association for Vertical Farming, when the organisation ran just on the hard work of its numerous ambitious volunteers that shared hopes for a better future.

In those early days a team of "friends" came together to discuss the biggest challenge vertical Farming was (and - anno 2018 - is still) facing: The exuberant amount of energy that the vertical farming technology is using to grow food in a more sustainable way.

The attentive reader will have noticed the serious contradiction in the previous sentence. Because In 2017, still less than 5% of the global energy was produced in a renewable way, vertical farming is still very far away from actually being able to feed a rising global population in a sustainable way.

Hence, after many discussions and brainstorms, the AMI-team came up with a simple idea: What if, like permaculture, controlled environment agriculture and vertical farming would act as an ecosystem. What if we could connect inputs and outputs of the many different closed farming systems in such a way, so that with a minimum amount of resources and energy, the ecosystem could produce much more food than every system on its own.

Like Aquaponics, but than much bigger and better as AMI stands for Aquaponics, Mushrooms & Insects.

So the team got to work, wrote down the basic AMI-idea, put it on shiny infographics and released it to the public during the AVF-summit 2016 in Amsterdam. The idea was such a success that the team put its heads together again, this time to put together a white paper with more facts, data and actual theoretical ecosystems that could work. The paper was released in September 2017 and can be found via the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4K7BfIAOsZ-WDY4OTlKbWJWZE5qVjVQN2FWR1YyOFNYQTFF/view

And this is the video-presentation of its release during NYC Agtech week 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xziMXK5vwLU&t=2s

The AMI-team is now ready for the next step: To professionalize this research and back the theory up with experimental data via a global cooperation. Hence, in the process of organising a big and long term research project, many farmers from all over the world would be helped to improve their farms to become more financially and ecologically sustainable.

A win-win-win for all

AMEN!

Ps: As we're all about moonshot ideas - Food producing ecosystems will help us to easily feed 9 billion people. But there's more, it is also the missing link in Elon Musk's plan to becoming a space exploring civilisation. Competition got us to the moon, cooperation will get us beyond!

Our Mission

AMI's Farm Lab cares about a healthy and prosperous global society. A society that cares for this world and all its inhabitants so much, that it can easily go beyond this planet's limits and explore the universe. To do this, AMI's Farm Lab collaborates internationally to create food -producing ecosystems, a.k.a. AMI systems (AMI = Aquaponics, Mushrooms & Insects). These systems turn what is now known as waste into valuable resources.

Our Background

Creating food-producing ecosystems is an enormously complex task because there’s a massive need for more research and data. To make this happen, AMI's Farm Lab unites farmers, entrepreneurs, researchers, and changemakers from all around the world. The foundations for this were laid in AVFami, a project group at the Association for Vertical Farming. Having explored AMI in a series of white papers, it is now time to turn that theory into practice.

2nd Concept video / Published May 7, 2018 by Zjef Van Acker

2nd Concept video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOrlfq1K-9w

So We got some feedback on our first 2min-concept-video and re-edited it so it has better and more to the point information. Who can spot the piece in there where we added an extra audio-track? :-D

The very first Vertical Farming Festival - Pizza time / Published May 1, 2018 by Zjef Van Acker

The very first Vertical Farming Festival - Pizza time

With AMI's farm lab we're organising Vertical Farming Festivals to come together and geek about Vertical Farming, AMI-systems and the TFF challenge. During the very first vertical farming festival we gathered in Wageningen and quickly saw the need for Pizza :-D

A short history of AMI / Published February 28, 2018 by Zjef Van Acker

A short history of AMI

It all started a couple of years ago, during the early days of the Association for Vertical Farming, when the organisation ran just on the hard work of its numerous ambitious volunteers that shared hopes for a better future.

In those early days a team of "friends" came together to discuss the biggest challenge vertical Farming was (and - anno 2018 - is still) facing: The exuberant amount of energy that the vertical farming technology is using to grow food in a more sustainable way.

The attentive reader will have noticed the serious contradiction in the previous sentence. Because In 2017, still less than 5% of the global energy was produced in a renewable way, vertical farming is still very far away from actually being able to feed a rising global population in a sustainable way.

Hence, after many discussions and brainstorms, the AMI-team came up with a simple idea: What if, like permaculture, controlled environment agriculture and vertical farming would act as an ecosystem. What if we could connect inputs and outputs of the many different closed farming systems in such a way, so that with a minimum amount of resources and energy, the ecosystem could produce much more food than every system on its own.

Like Aquaponics, but than much bigger and better as AMI stands for Aquaponics, Mushrooms & Insects.

So the team got to work, wrote down the basic AMI-idea, put it on shiny infographics and released it to the public during the AVF-summit 2016 in Amsterdam. The idea was such a success that the team put its heads together again, this time to put together a white paper with more facts, data and actual theoretical ecosystems that could work. The paper was released in September 2017 and can be found via the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4K7BfIAOsZ-WDY4OTlKbWJWZE5qVjVQN2FWR1YyOFNYQTFF/view

And this is the video-presentation of its release during NYC Agtech week 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xziMXK5vwLU&t=2s

The AMI-team is now ready for the next step: To professionalize this research and back the theory up with experimental data via a global cooperation. Hence, in the process of organising a big and long term research project, many farmers from all over the world would be helped to improve their farms to become more financially and ecologically sustainable.

A win-win-win for all

AMEN!

Ps: As we're all about moonshot ideas - Food producing ecosystems will help us to easily feed 9 billion people. But there's more, it is also the missing link in Elon Musk's plan to becoming a space exploring civilisation. Competition got us to the moon, cooperation will get us beyond!

Our Team

Our Mission

AMI's Farm Lab cares about a healthy and prosperous global society. A society that cares for this world and all its inhabitants so much, that it can easily ...Read More

Our Background

Creating food-producing ecosystems is an enormously complex task because there’s a massive need for more research and data. To make this happen, AMI's Farm Lab unites farmers, entrepreneurs, ...Read More

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