Women of Color in AgTech

From Farms to Incubators is a multimedia journalism project telling the stories of minority women entrepreneurs who are playing a significant role in the fast-growing industry of AgTech in California’s Salinas Valley. About 80% of the nation’s fresh greens, including lettuce, is produced in Salinas Valley, where agriculture is a $9 billion industry. The project has produced an award-winning documentary film short and news stories that have received national coverage. It has been awarded grants from the International Center for Journalists and International Women's Media Foundation.

 
 Rivka Garcia of HeavyConnect. Photo by Chris Schodt

Rivka Garcia of HeavyConnect. Photo by Chris Schodt

In Their Voices

DOCUMENTARY: The short film "From Farms to Incubators" sheds light on women of color entrepreneurs in agriculture and technology, two sectors that remain primarily male-dominated. It has been screened at multiple film festivals and conferences, and is directed and produced by Amy Wu and Chris Schodt.

 
 Diane Wu, Poornima Parameswaran of Trace Genomics. PC: Western Growers

Diane Wu, Poornima Parameswaran of Trace Genomics. PC: Western Growers

Transforming Time & Generations

STORIES: The project kicked off with a three-part series of articles in Salinas' The Californian, and received a 1st place award from the International Center for Journalists. The continuing coverage has been published in national media, including USA Today and The New Food Economy.

 Miku Jha, CEO and Founder of AgShift. Photo by Chris Schodt

Miku Jha, CEO and Founder of AgShift. Photo by Chris Schodt

Challenges and Opportunities

PROFILES: Learn what brought the women entrepreneurs to AgTech and how their backgrounds, influences, and expertise have fueled their impact on the region. The women of color include two Stanford Ph.D.s, MBAs, and front-end developers.