13: AppHarvest’s Jonathan Webb: Growing The Future

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AppHarvest is a high-tech, controlled-environment agriculture company based in Morehead, Kentucky committed to solving the growing food crisis. They are a B-Corp on a mission to combine conventional agriculture techniques with today’s cutting edge technologies to dramatically increase crop yield using a fraction of the natural resources. Jonathan Webb is its Founder & CEO who shares why he decided to bring this project to his home state, why now is the time to act now on sustainable agriculture solutions and how we get it done together.

Jonathan Webb

After years of study and gathering support from inside and outside the region, Jonathan is turning his dream of a high-tech farming hub in Appalachia into reality. Before founding AppHarvest, Jonathan worked with the U.S. Department of Defense on a massive solar project to help achieve a White House goal of ensuring the military’s hundreds of installations receive 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In February 2017, encouraged by investors, advisers, and politicians of both parties, Jonathan left Washington and came home to Eastern Kentucky to start a new kind of farm and turn Appalachia into the AgTech capital of America. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Kentucky.

This episode of Lead With We was produced and edited by Goal 17 Media and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Audible. You can also watch episodes on YouTube at Goal17Media.

 

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Learn more about AppHarvest at https://www.appharvest.com/

Connect with Jonathan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanwebbinfo/

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