We are two agriculture enthusiasts and passionate about environmental protection, social equity and innovative solutions without disregard of our past and present.
We believe that Vertical Farming has great potential to make a positive difference, but that to fully realise that potential, we must look beyond the current economic orthodoxy, to bigger ideas of what can be achieved. This project is intended to be one of those bigger ideas.
We have been working together since June 2016, have collaborated during conferences
and organised workshops on Vertical Farming.
Mark is based in Paisley, Scotland. He has been involved in the Vertical Farming industry for around 8 years. Along with co-founding The Soya Project, he is the Founder & Chairman of UK Urban AgriTech (UKUAT) collective, bringing together the leading companies, universities and individuals in the UK urban agritech industry. He is also Communications Manager at The FarmTech Society, and does freelance consulting work across the industry.
In his work he has dealt extensively with industry standardisation, sustainability certification, vertical farming education and vertical farming policy. His expertise is in building networks and associations that maximise value for their members, and for the industry as a whole.
Mark’s primary interest is in taking a systemic overview of how vertical farming can be integrated with other systems, to deliver on its promises of regenerative food production and resilient societies.
Kerstin is a PhD Candidate in Geography at McGill University (Montréal, Canada). Her current research focuses on the food supply of cities, the relationships between urban consumers and rural food producers, and the implications for food systems resilience and sustainability.
She previously studied and worked at the intersection of business, food systems, and cities in Germany, France, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Besides her studies, and co-founding The Soya Project, she is a passionate photographer and painter.