Amy Wu, Award-winning journalist and director of the documentary film From Farms to Incubators is joined by students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to talk about the future of Agricultural Technology and how women and BIPOC are inspiring change.
Amy Wu is an award-winning writer for the women’s ag and agtech movement.
She is the Creator & Chief Content Director of From Farms to Incubators, a multimedia platform that uses documentary, video, photography and the written word to tell the stories of women leaders and innovators in agtech. It has a mission of highlighting women in food, farming, and farmtech, especially women of color.
In 2020 Amy was named on Worth magazine’s “Groundbreakers 2020 list of 50 Women Changing the World” list. She was also a recipient of the Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence. In 2021 she was named by Food Tank as one of “27 Inspiring Women Reshaping the Food System.”
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
We were also joined by students from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. CHSAS provides opportunities for diverse students from across the city to study agriculture. It sits on 72 acres of Chicago’s southside, has a fully operating farm and is home a variety of livestock!
Students watched Amy’s documentary earlier in May, and submitted questions (500 total!). These 8 students were selected to represent the school and ask Amy their questions LIVE on the show!
Some Takeaways from the Show
- Persistence makes a difference–it doesn’t matter what other people think about you. Show up and continue to focus on your dreams.
- Stories are a wonderful way to bring awareness to an issue. The book (and documentary and website platform) From Farms to Incubators tells the stories of women innovators revolutionizing how our food is grown.
- Amy’s interest started when she responded to a grant application to cover agtech in Salinas Valley. She’s now won multiple awards for leading the charge, particularly for women in agtech.
- Farming is far from coveralls! AI, mobile aps, driverless tractors and more are making sure that we can feed the planet far into the future.
- Innovation and entrepreneurship among women and BIPOC are driving forces.
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