Consulting, Applied Research, and Membership Plans

Consulting and Applied Research

Looking for strategic, operational, design or market research insights related to your business? Have specific questions about indoor or vertical farming not addressed by our membership plans?  We’d be happy to assist you.

Our expertise includes:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Farm Feasibility
  • Facility Design
  • Market Research
  • Survey Design and Analysis
  • Applied Research

Contact us at to set up an appointment to discuss your needs.

Membership Plans

The Center of Excellence is the best place to connect with other farmers, entrepreneurs, technologists, suppliers, communities, and universities. Our membership plans offer a social media platform to build your virtual community as well as opportunities for branding, promotion, sales, and more. We offer both free and paid plans for individuals and business organizations.

Who Should Join?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Vertical Farm and Greenhouse Owner/Operators
  • Agtech Investors
  • Equipment Manufacturers (e.g., lighting, grow systems, etc.)
  • Suppliers and Service Companies
  • University Faculty and Students
  • Sustainability Professionals
  • Community Planners

Basic Benefits


Membership in a Community of Practice

Create a profile and connect to other members through our networking platform. Participate in existing groups or create your own! Benefit from connections to other growers, consultants, vendors, universities, and communities.


Stay Informed

We’ll keep you up to date on events, news, conferences, and movement in the industry through our social media channels, newsletter, email, blasts and news-feeds. We also offer a number of free tips and tutorials.

Business Partner Benefits


Access Premium Content

Members have access to premium content including an evolving knowledge base of best practices, research abstracts, training materials and industry reports.


Promote Your Brands

Company members benefit from brand, product, and service promotion.  Create a profile and link to social media. We will post your logo to our website and feature you in our communications.


Leadership and Strategy Insights

Our premium business plans include participation in annual Leadership and Investing Round-tables on key topics.  We also include a strategy session with the COE Director.


Dedicated Account Manager

Our premium business plans feature a dedicated account manager who will assist with registration, setup, and customer support.


Sell Products and Services

Our COE Marketplace offers an eCommerce storefront for direct sales of products and services. Already have an eCommerce solution? No problem. Set up a storefront with affiliate re-directs. Vendors receive weekly reports on activity.


Qualify for Discounts

Business members qualify for discounts on consulting, special events such as online meetings, webinars, training, and round-tables, as well as products/services sold in the COE Marketplace.