Seeds of Our Future 2020

Is AgTech at the dawn of a planet-saving revolution? Technology has undoubtedly reinvented agriculture in recent decades, greatly increasing the efficiency of farmland and allowing growers to provide food at a low cost to billions. Agtech as we know it uses the farm as the starting point and improves from there. However, emerging companies are calling for a reinvention of our food systems, with sustainability at its core, is local, regenerative and healthy. But, can it scale? Which avenue will lead to the long-term sustainability of our planet? What does the earth need from growers in order to survive? Do we continue reiterating current systems to increase efficiency, or develop this new way of thinking about the sources of our food? Which one of these two is the way forward to feed 10 billion people while promoting sustainability? The 2020 Seeds of Our Future summit and immersion program will provide a platform for thinking about the future of agtech – and the role that technology will play in the years to come in building agricultural systems that will help the planet survive. Topics include: • Agtech, reinvented: Big Ag’s New Focus on Sustainability • Hyperlocalized solutions – can it scale? • Cell Meat: What is the timeline to widespread market adoption? • Are technologists building agtech for efficiency or sustainability? • Indoor Farming: What is it good for? Early bird tickets are on sale until May 21st - sign up early and save!

Whales of Monterey Bay (Virtual)

201 State Park Drive Aptos

We get some amazing visitors around Monterey Bay—including the biggest animals that have ever lived! We’ll have a whale of a time as we get to know our super-sized cetaceans. This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/SantaCruzJuniorRangers. Free event. Local California State Parks in Santa Cruz County are offering virtual junior ranger programs for 7 to 12 year old children during the COVID-19 pandemic. These fun, free Zoom webinars are scheduled Friday through Monday at 10am each week in August. Children receive a digital stamp for each program they attend; after receiving a certain number of stamps, they can earn prizes!