It’s no easy job, but someone has to do it. That’s why we’re celebrating the BGI Community this week and the incredible accomplishments of our students, alumni and faculty leading the way toward a more sustainable food and agricultural system for business.
Earlier this week, alum start-up Stockbox Grocers was featured in FastCo Exist, touted as “a solution for America’s food deserts.” Two days later, co-founders Jacqueline Gjurgevich and Carrie Ferrence were at the White House (for the second time this year) for a summit on citizen-based solution innovation. The White House continues to use Stockbox as an example of promising candidates for applying crowdfunding to social entrepreneurs.
At the beginning of the food supply chain is Viva Farms, a comprehensive farm incubator founded by BGI Alum Ethan Schaffer. Viva Farms was featured earlier this week in The New York Times article “Small Farmers Creating a New Business Model as Agriculture Goes Local.” Ethan represented Viva Farms last year at Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch and brought home $40,000 in prize money for his non-profit.
Watching over all this action is BGI’s Dean, John Gardner. In addition to his extensive background in agriculture and higher education, John is also teaching BGI’s Certificate in Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems, set to launch this fall. Rainmakers TV recently interviewed John on the topic of Agribusiness for 2012 and Beyond. The interview includes a discussion on recent trends in food and agriculture (both from business policy standpoints) and also an overview on BGI’s approach to incorporating the subject into an MBA curriculum and a standalone certificate course:
We are so thankful for the great work our community is doing to move the food and agriculture revolution toward a more sustainable world…and we’re always looking to expand our network of food experts in business and beyond. Visit our academics page for more information on sustainable food and agriculture programs at BGI.