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Breakfast Series Event/Cultivating Development: Where Food and Real Estate Meet

July 26, 2018
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Market District
11505 N Illinois Street
Carmel, IN 46032 United States


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ULI’s publication explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities and real estate. Copies of the report will be available at the program.

We started our 2018 Breakfast Series program in January with a highly attended program on food and real estate. To kick off the second half of the year, our July event focuses on urban agriculture, exploring how food-related uses can activate underutilized land and buildings and how that dynamic can influence planning efforts.

We’ll hear from Sara Hammerschmidt, senior director of content at the Urban Land Institute, along with a panel of local thought leaders including Chad Brandenburg, founder and CEO of Roka Farms and Jennifer Rubenstein, publisher of Edible Indy magazine.

At this program, attendees will learn about:

  • the changing nature of agriculture and food
  • the six types of food-centric developments
  • local and national examples of developments that integrate food-based land and building uses
  • opportunities and ideas to incorporate food into a variety of projects

July’s Breakfast Series takes place in an appropriate setting for the topic, The Market District in Carmel, where we’ll host our Breakfast Series programs through October.

Event will be submitted for AIA and AICP Continuing Education credits.

Sara Hammerschmidt
Senior Director, Content
Urban Land Institute 

Sara Hammerschmidt develops ULI content and programs focused on the impact of the built environment on public health through the Building Healthy Places Initiative. Throughout her career, Sara has done extensive work on issues that lie at the intersection of health and the built environment. Previously, she worked at PolicyLink in Oakland, California, researching the inclusion of social and economic equity into projects, plans, and policies that are being implemented at the intersection of health and the built environment. Sara has spoken on the topics of Health Impact Assessment, the role of urban planning in creating healthier cities, and recommendations for incorporating health into all built environment decision making at several national conferences. Sara holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, where her research focused on developing recommendations for how planning departments across the country can incorporate public health considerations into their work. She also holds a B.S. in Industrial Operations and Engineering from the University of Michigan, and worked for eight years in the technology industry prior to graduate school.

Jennifer Rubenstein
Edible Indy
Jennifer Rubenstein graduated from Tri-State University (now Trine University) with an advertising and marketing degree. She worked for an NBC television affiliate in a senior account manager position, was the vice president of a video and event production company working with fortune 500 companies, and for the last 12 years owned her own marketing and events company. Jennifer has extensive knowledge of branding, creative marketing promotions and strategy, event production and sales. She is a retired board member for the IWIN Foundation and hosts an annual golf outing and other food events for the Edible Indy Foundation of which she is a co-founder and president. Her passion and hobby is being a foodie and being an activist for understanding the importance of supporting local food and the sustainable food movement. Over the last 30 plus years, Jennifer and her mother traveled to many places and made a habit of finding local off the beaten path places to shop, eat and support local clean food. She uses Edible Indy as a resource for education and social justice for food sustainability.  Since moving to Indy in 2007, she supports locally owned farmer’s markets, eateries, grocery stores and any other opportunities to promote and support to local business owners.

Chad Brandenburg
Owner and Founder
Roka Farms
Chad Brandenburg is the owner and founder of Roka Farms, the largest vertical hydroponic farm in the Midwest. A graduate of the University of Indianapolis and the IU McKinney School of Law, Chad spent much of his early career in finance and banking before taking his passion for food and environmental sustainability inside and under lights. Roka Farms provides herbs, microgreens, shoots and edible flowers to local restaurants both directly and via regional food distributors. The enthusiasm that Chad and his team have for their work is obvious the moment you smell and taste their products. Chad lives in Fishers with his wife and two children. You can connect with Roka Farms on Facebook and Instagram.

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