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When Valerie asked her three-year old niece where the tomatoes on her pizza came from and she said “grocery stores,” Valerie knew young people were in danger of becoming even more disconnected to their food. A business graduate from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, Valerie worked in the organic food marketing industry, her first foray into gardening and knowing where good food comes from – it’s also where she found inspiration in the company’s motto: “Leave the Earth better than you found it.”

AVA Technologies Inc., launched by Valerie and co-founder Chase Ando, is a budding start-up from Vancouver trying to help people eat better while reducing food miles. AVA (Automated Vertical Agriculture) creates smart home products starting with AVA Byte – think Nespresso machine for gardening. By using modern technology, AVA wants to help the world get growing by unlocking access to the freshest, organic ingredients at home, all year round.

Read the full interview. AVA Technologies