Dan Gibbs, CEO and Co-founder of Home Town Farms, a leading company in the emerging field of vertical organic urban farming, will be participating on a panel focused on scalable sustainable agriculture solutions at the upcoming Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference on October 24, 2012 at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Gibbs doesn’t believe he’s introducing a new company, but an entire industry that will benefit consumers, the environment and the future of sustainable agriculture.
“Urban farming isn’t new, vertical farming isn’t new, but vertical urban farming is new,” said Gibbs.
To grow the vertical urban farming industry, Home Town Farms plans to build one-half to three-acre greenhouses on the rooftops, abandoned lots, and corners of urban areas in densely populated U.S. cities. Using proprietary vertical farming techniques, each site will produce organic vegetables, berries, lettuces and herbs to be sold to local consumers on site and wholesale to local farmers markets, restaurants and grocery stores. The company will also license its system to 3rd parties.
Gibbs brings more than 30 years of experience as an Entrepreneur, Board member, CEO, VP and business development expert to Home Town Farms. Dan was a Co-Inventor of the Self Heating Container technology and served as Vice President of Business Development for OnTech Inc. Dan played a leading role in negotiating and closing product development contracts with Procter & Gamble, Kraft and other multi-national corporations and closed the first $300 million in sales for the company. While Dan was Vice President of OnTech Inc, Fortune magazine picked OnTech as one of the top 25 breakout companies of the year. Dan is also named on numerous utility patent claims issued in over 35 countries.
Dan is a current Board Member and past vice-Chairman of the San Diego Renewable Energy Society, which is the local chapter of American Solar Energy Society, one of the largest and oldest solar groups in the US.