Through innovative research and development of hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic production systems, novel environmental, diagnostic and networked sensing, control automation, autonomous delivery and harvest systems, data driven optimization and reductive energy design; MITCityFARM methodology has the potential to reduce water consumption for agriculture by 98%, eliminate chemical fertilizers and pesticides, double nutrient densities and reduce embodied energy in produce by a factor of ten.
By fundamentally rethinking "grow it THERE and eat it HERE" to "grow it HERE and eat it HERE" we will dramatically reduce environmental contamination and depletion while creating jobs for a rapidly urbanizing global workforce and increasing access to diverse and affordable nutrient dense produce in our future cities.
The recently launched OpenAG projec is seeking strategic partners from industry, government and academia to develop the world's first open source "AG Tech" research collective for the creation of the global agricultural data commons.
In addition to his role at MIT, Caleb has been a consultant to international development agencies including the DDA, IDB, and USAID on high-density low-income urban housing projects and has worked professionally on international projects in the high tech space, including data centers, healthcare and fab facilities.
Caleb holds a Masters from MIT, and Bachelors from Washington University in St. Louis and Baylor University and is deeply committed to the future of urban food and housing research at MIT.
Dr. Fletcher has degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology from MIT, and has devoted a large part of his life to deploying technology in developing countries. Dr. Fletcher is also a veteran of the US Air Force, and has founded several start-up companies in the US and India.