30 Under 30: Green Thumbs

Forbes

Agri-solutions from the Forbes 30 Under 30, in 30 words or less.

Annie Ryu

The Jackfruit Company | 26

Works with 350 farming families in rural India to grow jackfruit, a nutrient- rich meat substitute with a significantly lower carbon footprint (and less attendant deforestation) than meat production.

Patrick Pittaluga and Sean Warner

Grubbly Farms | 26, 26

This Atlanta-based company is expanding its operations with a new facility to raise millions of fly larvae on recycled food waste as a sustainable substitute for traditional chicken feed.

Ricky Ashenfelter

Spoiler Alert | 30

The Deloitte alum’s software helps 300 nonprofits and food distributors, including giant Sysco, avoid landfills by distributing their excess food products through donations and discount sales and as animal feed.

Emily Cunningham and Kwami Williams

MoringaConnect | 26, 25

Their startup has partnered with 2,500 farmers in Ghana to harvest leaves and seeds from the moringa tree for beauty products and food, helping the farmers earn $450,000 so far.

Matt LaRosa and Jason Green

Edenworks | 23, 28

Having raised $2.5 million, Brooklyn-based Edenworks houses an “aquaponic” greenhouse–one that grows plants and raises fish for consumption year-round while using less water and energy than traditional farming.

Jeff Prost-Greene, Kristof Grina and Kathleen O’Keefe

Up Top Acres | 26, 26, 27

The trio has transformed an acre of rooftop in Washington, D.C., into plots growing 70,000 pounds of produce (baby greens, tomatoes, even melons) to sell to building tenants and restaurants.

Evan Lutz

Hungry Harvest | 24

Collects farmers’ “ugly” and surplus produce (2.7 million pounds to date) that doesn’t get into supermarkets and delivers it to subscribers’ doorsteps. Lutz forecasts $6 million revenue this year.

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