Ryan Witmer

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Cofounder @ Philly Foodworks, deeply networked in NE food supply chain, ex-agriculture researcher
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Background

Startup Experience

Founded 1 startup

Age Group

25-35

About Ryan

Raised in rural Ohio I first found my love for food and farming working on my grandparents farm. Studying environmental studies in college I was drawn to concepts of urban agriculture and how the resilience of a society is dependent on a strong healthy agricultural system. These interests led to further studies in Cuba and Ottawa at the International Development Research Centre. Upon moving to Philadelphia before founding Philly Foodworks I was the project manager of two 250K USDA grants funding experimentation with two urban farms at Urban Tree Connection. Meeting my business partner at this non-profit led us to submit a BYOBB proposal at Temple University, with subsequent success in the competition capitalizing us to launch Philly Foodworks.

Work Experience

Land Use Manager

NKCDC

June 2010 - January 2011

Land use development projects (assistant), funding/ grant writing (assistant), zoning and policy & grant adherence reporting (primary)

Director of Agriculture

Urban Tree Connection

January 2011 - November 2013

Project manager of two large USDA grants awarded to assess the economic viability of urban agriculture.

Education

Messiah College

Environmental Studies

2005 - 2008

Temple University

Urban Planning

2009 - 2009

Accelerator/Incubator

Be Your Own Boss Bowl (Temple University Incubator)

2013