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.
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.
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.
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.