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George Washington started a revolution from his farm at Mount Vernon. Find out how it has evolved into the farming revolution of today and what it means for the future. Drones, robots, artificial intelligence, and big data will seed the future of farming as much as plants and animals. Learn how Virginia Tech and the SmartFarm Innovation Network and the Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture is working to develop technologies that will feed a growing – and hungry – global population. 

Join us in-person in Alexandria for a panel discussion about innovation in agriculture technology spanning 300 years and into the future. The discussion including experts from Virginia Tech faculty and George Washington’s Mount Vernon will be moderated by James Hilleary, the Loudoun County coordinator for Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Sam Murphy
Manager of Historic Trades, Mount Vernon
Sam Murphy came to Mount Vernon with extensive culinary experience as the chef/owner of an award-winning 18th-century inn in South Carolina. He has extensively researched historic foodways and has been involved in the development of Mount Vernon’s chocolate-making demonstrations. 

Robin White
Assistant professor, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences
Fellow, Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture

Hasan Seyyedhasani
Assistant professor in automation and connected technologies
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Tech on Tap: Smart Farm
300 Years of Agriculture Innovation from Mount Vernon to the Future
Oct. 20
6:00 p.m.
3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA, 22304

Note: This event will be hosted IN-PERSON by Port City Brewing Company. Masks are required for all attendees. Proof of vaccination is required for all events in the Port City brewing room. Please bring either your vaccination card or a photo of the card, along with a photo ID for admission. 

Tech on Tap is a regular community speaker series that informs, educates, and raises questions about the impact of new technologies on society, equity, and policy. Topics in the series include the types of issues and problems Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus in Potomac Yard will explore.

Contact David Baker for questions and more information.

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