Public Preview Event

Grow Further kicked off its information and networking series on March 28 at Impact Hub Seattle.

We were thrilled to have such a diverse and engaged group of attendees, 30 people from a variety of professions and generations and with recent family ties to at least 8 countries.

Female farmers working in countryside holding wooden basket containing fresh vegetables
Thai farmer planting on the paddy rice farmland
Thai farmer planting on the paddy rice farmland

Building Awareness

Former state representative and founding member Brady Walkinshaw began the evening with a brief speech emphasizing that Grow Further will be blazing new territory by building awareness of the wide development impact and “bang for the buck” of agricultural research, and by empowering individuals to better understand and help shape the future direction of agricultural innovation.
Next, agricultural economist and Grow Further founder Peter Kelly shared his vision for the organization, organized around three main points:

Passionate About Food Security

Then we broke into small groups to do an activity to simulate how our members will make decisions to fund agricultural innovation projects, looking at several sample proposals from a group of researchers passionate about food security, from a graduate student, and from a farmer. This spurred a lively and interesting discussion about the impact we can have.

We’ll be looking through attendee feedback and using that to plan our next event soon. In the meantime, here are some ways you can help support us as we move forward with our planning and prepare to launch operations later this year:

Thank you again for your support of our work. We look forward to keeping you informed about our progress and our upcoming events.
Peter Kelly

Grow Further Founder

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